Centrist ex-MP Reed linking to slimming pills site


Former Copeland MP Jamie Reed can safely be considered an entrenched opponent of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He accused Corbyn of “injecting poison into the party” after the EU referendum, resigned his seat to trigger a by-election in spring last year at a time it seemed likely to do the maximum damage to the party’s electoral prospects and made mental health jibes at Corbyn supporters.

Even now, he describes himself on Twitter as “still red leader“, a reference to his self-title as an MP: “Red Leader, Rebel Alliance“:

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Mr Reed still finds time for a dig at the Labour leader and his supporters and appears not to have learned any lessons from the ‘Corbyn surge’ at last year’s general election.

But that’s not all that his Twitter profile does. It also links to ‘his’ website, jamiereed.net.

But when you click through to the site, you don’t find the information on his former career or latest news, as was the case last year after his resignation. Instead, you find “Jamie Weight Loss Plan”, with reviews of weight-loss pills and other click-bait:


There are various possible explanations for this that may not mean the ex-MP – now back working in the nuclear industry – has not decided to diversify.

He may have been hacked, or he might have decided he hasn’t got enough worth reading to justify the expense of maintaining a domain and someone else snapped it up when it became available – though in the SKWAWKBOX’s estimation the ‘someone else’ is likely to have found the traffic levels arriving at the URL of a centrist ex-MP disappointing.

Sadly, we don’t know whether these options or another are the case, as Mr Reed hasn’t answered a request for comment. But in the circumstances, it’s odd that he’s still linking to it from his Twitter profile – at least at the time of publication – although other right-wingers have made a similar error before.

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