Conservative information officer caught sharing photoshopped Corbyn snap on Facebook

By John Glenday | Reporter

April 24, 2017 | 2 min read

A Conservative party information officer is facing criticism after sharing a widely-viewed picture of Jeremy Corbyn receiving a two-fingered salute while out campaigning on the doorsteps – an image which has subsequently been shown to be a forgery.

Suzan Walsh couldn’t resist distributing the doctored image amongst her Facebook group, The Heart of British Politics, in which she remarked: “Is this lady telling Jeremy Corbyn that he can count on two votes from her household.”

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Smelling a rat however Skwawkbox, the independent blog, delved a little deeper discovering that the source image originated from the Getty Images site with the householder in question, Catherine Finney, actually delivering a fist bump in solidarity with the left winger.

Defending the use of the image a spokesperson for Walsh, Micky Adams, told Evolve Politics that the post had been taken out of context, saying: “If you look at the post she (Ms Walsh) clearly queries the peril of photo ops and further refers to the woman confirming two Labour voters in that household.”

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The propagation of ‘fake news’ has sparked growing unease amongst media watchers, who fear that the 8 June snap election will serve to exacerbate the issue.

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