‘Twitter troll’ quits city hall over links to vicious online campaign against MPs
Police in Preston cautioned Greg Naylor, who former mayor Boris Johnson appointed to foster relations with MPs, ministers, and civil servants, about his alleged ties to a Twitter account @elithebarraboy or “Eli Naylor,” the Evening Standard reports.
Just bizarre that someone whose job is to build relations with MPs would behave in this way https://t.co/IUdCroJifu— Gavin Barwell MP (@GavinBarwellMP) October 5, 2016
The 35-year-old was brought in for questioning because of his alleged connection with the account after complaints from Labour MP John Woodcock, who is one of the its most frequent targets.
On a number of occasions, “Eli Naylor” suggested that Woodcock fraternized with pedophiles.
“What abt Labour MPs who spend their free time boozing with paedophiles like @JWoodcockMP?” reads one old tweet unearthed by the Evening Standard.
The account attacked MPs on both side of the aisle, dubbing Tory MP Daniel Kawczyncski “the stupid MP in Parliament,” and fellow Tory MP Phillip Lee as “arrogant, mean-spirited & stupid.”
Woodcock said on Wednesday: “The level of bile this account directed at a wide range of MPs was unusual, even for an era where Twitter abuse is commonplace.
“I hope the individual behind this account is able to find peace from whatever frustration or sense of inadequacy led them to create this twisted alter-ego.
“But most importantly, I hope this case serves as a warning to others who use the internet as a mask to whip up hatred while remaining anonymous,” the MP said.
Both Naylor’s official Twitter account and @elithebarraboy have since been taken down.
A city hall spokeswoman said: “These are serious allegations. A member of staff was suspended pending an investigation and has subsequently resigned and has left the Greater London Authority with immediate effect.”
A Lancashire Police spokeswoman confirmed that the investigation is ongoing.