Youthful Tory activists caught discussing gassing chavs and shooting peasants in leaked WhatsApp group, The Independent

Young Tory activists caught discussing gassing chavs and shooting peasants in leaked WhatsApp group, The Independent

Youthfull Tory activists caught discussing 'gassing chavs' and 'shooting peasants' in leaked WhatsApp group

Members discussed ‘chavocide’ and conducting ‘experiments to see why they breed so much despite living rough’

  • Ben Kentish
  • @BenKentish
  • Wednesday thirty August two thousand seventeen Nineteen:25 BST

A fresh Conservative youth group was widely ridiculed for its use of social media Getty

Youthful Conservative activists joked about “gassing chavs” and “shooting peasants” in a string of disturbing WhatsApp messages.

The conversation, which has now been leaked, took place in a group talk described as a “professional discussion board” for activists communicating about how to help the Tories win the next election.

The revelation comes as a fresh Tory-supporting youth group, called Activate, was launched to attempt to engage youthful people in politics in a similar way to Momentum, the left-wing Labour campaign organisation. However, the group’s social media launch was widely ridiculed for its overuse of hashtags and memes.

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Guido Fawkes, which published the leaked messages, said the WhatsApp group was used as a “precursor” to the Activate group.

During the conversation, one member refers to an event as a “fine chance to observe the spice homo chav”.

Another instantly replies: “And gas them all.”

The very first activist then jokes that he or she is “gonna run some medical experiments on them” before the 2nd adds: “We could use them as substitutes for animals when testing.”

Youthfull Tories Joke About ‘Gassing Chavs’ in Activate WhatsApp Group: https://t.co/7qRRv66xQb pic.twitter.com/xCrYypBnQC

As the conversation resumes, the pair make a string of further offensive comments about poor people.

The very first suggests “experiments” could be conducted “to see why they are so good at producing despite living rough”.

Realising the direction the talk has taken, he adds: “Okay we gotta be careful otherwise this is turning [in]to a Nazi talk."

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Undeterred, the 2nd person resumes: “Vermin often populate at high rates…But gravely, chavs are an actual problem”.

As other youthfull Tory activists join in the troubling conversation, talk turns to “solutions” for dealing with “chavs”.

Suggestions include “chavocide”, “turn the Isle of Wight into a super prison”, “shooting peasants” and “compulsory birth control on chavs”.

The back-and-forth is only stopped when one member tells his allies: “We don’t take the mickey out of the poor.” Another menaces to kick people out of the group “if this continues”.

A third then adds: “This is supposed to be a professional discussion board about how we coordinate for the next election. It is not a place to gossip or make rather bimbo jokes.”

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With amazing foresight, he or she then suggests the “dodgy chatter in here” could end up on the Guido Fawkes blog, bruising the group and its objectives.

Responding to the leak, an Activate spokesperson told The Independent: “None of the people included in those messages presently have any seniority with the organisation. We are working on ensuring that the people in question are eliminated from the group as a entire, if still members. They were banned from the WhatsApp group in question when comments like this were made.

“The comments were sickening and are totally incompatible with what Activate is attempting to achieve. We apologise for any offence that has been caused by the people in question. And stress our commitment to open discussion about the future of our party and country.”

None of those who made the offensive comments are on Activate’s national committee, the spokesperson added.

A Conservative Party spokesperson said: “Activate are in no way affiliated with the Conservative Party”.

Youthfull Tory activists caught discussing gassing chavs and shooting peasants in leaked WhatsApp group, The Independent

Youthful Tory activists caught discussing 'gassing chavs' and 'shooting peasants' in leaked WhatsApp group

Members discussed ‘chavocide’ and conducting ‘experiments to see why they breed so much despite living rough’

  • Ben Kentish
  • @BenKentish
  • Wednesday thirty August two thousand seventeen Nineteen:25 BST

A fresh Conservative youth group was widely ridiculed for its use of social media Getty

Youthful Conservative activists joked about “gassing chavs” and “shooting peasants” in a string of disturbing WhatsApp messages.

The conversation, which has now been leaked, took place in a group talk described as a “professional discussion board” for activists communicating about how to help the Tories win the next election.

The revelation comes as a fresh Tory-supporting youth group, called Activate, was launched to attempt to engage youthful people in politics in a similar way to Momentum, the left-wing Labour campaign organisation. However, the group’s social media launch was widely ridiculed for its overuse of hashtags and memes.

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Guido Fawkes, which published the leaked messages, said the WhatsApp group was used as a “precursor” to the Activate group.

During the conversation, one member refers to an event as a “fine chance to observe the spice homo chav”.

Another instantly replies: “And gas them all.”

The very first activist then jokes that he or she is “gonna run some medical experiments on them” before the 2nd adds: “We could use them as substitutes for animals when testing.”

Youthfull Tories Joke About ‘Gassing Chavs’ in Activate WhatsApp Group: https://t.co/7qRRv66xQb pic.twitter.com/xCrYypBnQC

As the conversation resumes, the pair make a string of further offensive comments about poor people.

The very first suggests “experiments” could be conducted “to see why they are so good at producing despite living rough”.

Realising the direction the talk has taken, he adds: “Okay we gotta be careful otherwise this is turning [in]to a Nazi talk."

Theresa May’s Cabinet: Who’s in – and who’s out?

Theresa May’s Cabinet: Who’s in – and who’s out?

1/27 Andrea Leadsom

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Two/27 Priti Patel

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13/27 Justine Greening

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15/27 Jeremy Hunt

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16/27 Nicky Morgan

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17/27 Michael Gove

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Undeterred, the 2nd person resumes: “Vermin often populate at high rates…But earnestly, chavs are an actual problem”.

As other youthful Tory activists join in the troubling conversation, talk turns to “solutions” for dealing with “chavs”.

Suggestions include “chavocide”, “turn the Isle of Wight into a super prison”, “shooting peasants” and “compulsory birth control on chavs”.

The back-and-forth is only stopped when one member tells his allies: “We don’t take the mickey out of the poor.” Another menaces to kick people out of the group “if this continues”.

A third then adds: “This is supposed to be a professional discussion board about how we coordinate for the next election. It is not a place to gossip or make rather foolish jokes.”

Read more

With epic foresight, he or she then suggests the “dodgy chatter in here” could end up on the Guido Fawkes blog, hurting the group and its objectives.

Responding to the leak, an Activate spokesperson told The Independent: “None of the people included in those messages presently have any seniority with the organisation. We are working on ensuring that the people in question are eliminated from the group as a entire, if still members. They were banned from the WhatsApp group in question when comments like this were made.

“The comments were sickening and are totally incompatible with what Activate is attempting to achieve. We apologise for any offence that has been caused by the people in question. And stress our commitment to open discussion about the future of our party and country.”

None of those who made the offensive comments are on Activate’s national committee, the spokesperson added.

A Conservative Party spokesperson said: “Activate are in no way affiliated with the Conservative Party”.

Youthful Tory activists caught discussing gassing chavs and shooting peasants in leaked WhatsApp group, The Independent

Youthfull Tory activists caught discussing 'gassing chavs' and 'shooting peasants' in leaked WhatsApp group

Members discussed ‘chavocide’ and conducting ‘experiments to see why they breed so much despite living rough’

  • Ben Kentish
  • @BenKentish
  • Wednesday thirty August two thousand seventeen Nineteen:25 BST

A fresh Conservative youth group was widely ridiculed for its use of social media Getty

Youthfull Conservative activists joked about “gassing chavs” and “shooting peasants” in a string of disturbing WhatsApp messages.

The conversation, which has now been leaked, took place in a group talk described as a “professional discussion board” for activists communicating about how to help the Tories win the next election.

The revelation comes as a fresh Tory-supporting youth group, called Activate, was launched to attempt to engage youthful people in politics in a similar way to Momentum, the left-wing Labour campaign organisation. However, the group’s social media launch was widely ridiculed for its overuse of hashtags and memes.

MP claims he was ‘hacked’ after trolling Michel Barnier on Twitter

Guido Fawkes, which published the leaked messages, said the WhatsApp group was used as a “precursor” to the Activate group.

During the conversation, one member refers to an event as a “fine chance to observe the spice homo chav”.

Another instantly replies: “And gas them all.”

The very first activist then jokes that he or she is “gonna run some medical experiments on them” before the 2nd adds: “We could use them as substitutes for animals when testing.”

Youthfull Tories Joke About ‘Gassing Chavs’ in Activate WhatsApp Group: https://t.co/7qRRv66xQb pic.twitter.com/xCrYypBnQC

As the conversation resumes, the pair make a string of further offensive comments about poor people.

The very first suggests “experiments” could be conducted “to see why they are so good at producing despite living rough”.

Realising the direction the talk has taken, he adds: “Okay we gotta be careful otherwise this is turning [in]to a Nazi talk."

Theresa May’s Cabinet: Who’s in – and who’s out?

Theresa May’s Cabinet: Who’s in – and who’s out?

1/27 Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom has been appointed Secretary for Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Two/27 Priti Patel

Priti Patel has been appointed International Development Secretary

Trio/27 Alun Cairns

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Four/27 Karen Bradley

Karen Bradley is now Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Five/27 Greg Clark

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6/27 James Brokenshire

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9/27 Chris Grayling

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Ten/27 Damien Green

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11/27 Liz Truss

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12/27 Patrick McLoughlin

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13/27 Justine Greening

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14/27 Gavin Williamson

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15/27 Jeremy Hunt

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16/27 Nicky Morgan

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17/27 Michael Gove

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Legal/27 John Whittingdale

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Nineteen/27 Oliver Letwin

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20/27 Philip Hammond

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21/27 Boris Johnson

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22/27 Amber Rudd

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23/27 Michael Fallon

Stays as Defence Secretary

24/27 Liam Fox

The former Defence Secretary is named as head of fresh Department for International Trade

25/27 David Davis

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26/27 George Osborne

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27/27 David Mundell

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Undeterred, the 2nd person proceeds: “Vermin often populate at high rates…But gravely, chavs are an actual problem”.

As other youthfull Tory activists join in the troubling conversation, talk turns to “solutions” for dealing with “chavs”.

Suggestions include “chavocide”, “turn the Isle of Wight into a super prison”, “shooting peasants” and “compulsory birth control on chavs”.

The back-and-forth is only stopped when one member tells his allies: “We don’t take the mickey out of the poor.” Another menaces to kick people out of the group “if this continues”.

A third then adds: “This is supposed to be a professional discussion board about how we coordinate for the next election. It is not a place to gossip or make rather stupid jokes.”

Read more

With extraordinaire foresight, he or she then suggests the “dodgy chatter in here” could end up on the Guido Fawkes blog, hurting the group and its objectives.

Responding to the leak, an Activate spokesperson told The Independent: “None of the people included in those messages presently have any seniority with the organisation. We are working on ensuring that the people in question are liquidated from the group as a entire, if still members. They were banned from the WhatsApp group in question when comments like this were made.

“The comments were sickening and are totally incompatible with what Activate is attempting to achieve. We apologise for any offence that has been caused by the people in question. And stress our commitment to open discussion about the future of our party and country.”

None of those who made the offensive comments are on Activate’s national committee, the spokesperson added.

A Conservative Party spokesperson said: “Activate are in no way affiliated with the Conservative Party”.

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