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A person arrested this morning in reference to April’s Westminster “honeytrap” scandal was a Labour member, it has emerged.

News broke this morning that the Met Police arrested a person in his mid-20s on suspicion of harassment and offences below the Online Safety Act.

In April, it emerged {that a} string of males working in politics had acquired unsolicited messages on WhatsApp and Grindr trying to obtain compromising and express images, or salacious gossip.

William Wragg, a senior Tory MP, resigned the whip after admitting he had fallen for the lure and shared the cellphone numbers of fellow MPs to a person as a result of he was “scared”.

It has now emerged that the person arrested in North London at this time was a Labour member.

It is known that the Labour Party was knowledgeable by the Met this morning of the arrest of a celebration member in Islington.

The celebration instantly administratively suspended the person from membership of the Labour Party following their informing, nonetheless are unable to remark additional as a result of ongoing police investigation.

Alongside Mr Wragg, fellow Tory MP Luke Evans admitted he had additionally been contacted by the pretend profile.

A spokesperson for the Met stated: “On Wednesday, 26 June, police executed a warrant at an address in Islington”.

“A man was arrested on suspicion of harassment and committing offences under the Online Safety Act. He was taken into custody where he remains.

“The arrest pertains to an investigation being carried out by the Met’s Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team following stories of unsolicited messages despatched to MPs and others.

“The investigation remains ongoing.”

In April, the Express revealed that the honeytrap plotter had additionally focused LibDem convention in Bournemouth, nonetheless Wiley members labored out that the account was sending messages on Grindr from North London.

At least six convention attendees acquired messages from the account, which started by asking “flirty questions” earlier than requesting “salacious gossip” in regards to the convention, MPs and Lords.

One such query was “What’s the worst thing you’ve heard an MP has done”.

Other messages included requests for intimate images of MPs, and claims he needed to have intercourse with MPs and well-known people in politics together with journalists.

Police had first been made conscious of the messages late in 2023, however information of them started to emerge publicly in April.

In whole round 20 individuals in political circles are thought to have acquired the unsolicited messages.