A Conservative MP widely regarded as a rising star has admitted hacking into the website of a Labour opponent ten years ago. The MP changed the website to say "nice things" about her party, she said.
Kemi Badenoch, 38, has admitted that she hacked into the website of Labour politician Harriet Harman about ten years ago. She made the revelation on the programme, Core Politics.
In an interview with the TV show, the MP for Saffron Walden in Essex was asked about the "naughtiest" thing she had done in her life and replied with "hacking".
She said: "About ten years ago I hacked into ... a Labour MP's website and I changed all the stuff in there to say nice things about Tories."
This was a foolish prank over a decade ago, for which I apologise
Badenoch, who was appointed as the chairman of the Conservative Party in January, has been tipped as a future prime minister in the past.
As part of her party leadership role, she is responsible for identifying talented MPs from a diverse range of backgrounds - particularly women and ethnic minorities.
She became an MP in the 2017 general election, receiving a majority vote share of almost 25,000. Badenoch has named Margaret Thatcher as her biggest inspiration in the past.
The Mail on Sunday received a clip of the MP admitting the shock over the weekend. However, in the video, she does not reveal the victim's identity.
Speaking to the newspaper, she said: "This was a foolish prank over a decade ago, for which I apologise."
.@KemiBadenoch has written to me apologising. I have accepted her apology.— Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) April 8, 2018
A source from Tory HQ called the incident a "youthful exuberance" and claimed that it was a case of "guessing a password", rather than actual hacking.
It has since been revealed that Harriet Harman was the victim of the "foolish prank", which happened a decade before Badenoch became an elected politician.
Writing on Twitter, the former minister for women explained that she had received a letter from Badenoch saying sorry about the incident. "I have accepted her apology," she said.
Harman is a veteran politician, having held positions under the leadership of Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown between 1997 and 2010. She then became deputy leader of the Labour Party.
An archived report on the political website of Guido Fawkes from April 2008 covering Kemi Badenoch's compromise of Harriet Harman's website.
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