Boris Johnson orders probe into ‘Labour Whitehall mole’ – ‘Intention to embarrass’

Mr Johnson has demanded an inquiry into the matter amid claims there could be an insider for the Labour Party working at the highest level of Government. A source told the Daily Mail: “There was a pattern through the campaign of unhelpful documents being released. The intention was to embarrass the Government.” The source added: “It does suggest we have a Labour mole and we are going to root them out.”

It comes as Mr Corbyn got his hands on at least two sets of documents that challenged the Prime Minister’s claims about Brexit and the NHS.

The documents were brandished by Mr Corbyn at two Labour events.

The first was a paper that claimed the Tories were in talks about selling off the NHS to US President Donald Trump in a post-Brexit trade deal.

This was branded fake by the Government and mocked during TV debates among party leaders.

The second was titled ‘NI Protocol’ and was linked to trade routes involving Northern Ireland after Brexit.

A senior Government source said it was an “initial” assessment.

The source added the document had not even been signed off.

Mr Johnson has ordered two separate inquiries - one for each document.

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The NHS papers first appeared in a post on Reddit in October and the site has now said it believes it is “part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia”.

Reddit said it believed the documents were leaked as “part of a campaign that has been reported as originating from Russia”.

Following a disastrous election result that saw Labour squeezed down to a majority of 203 - the worst Labour election result since before the start of the Second World War - Mr Corbyn said he would stand down in March, triggering a leadership bid.

One of the favourites for his role is Sir Keir Starmer who was today warned the party faces another election wipeout should he win the leadership bid and keep Mr Corbyn on as an aide.

Professor Tony Travers, director of LSE London, said Mr Starmer should cut all ties with Mr Corbyn if Labour stood any chance of a victory in the next five years.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes currently have him odds-on at 8/13, with Rebecca Long-Bailey on 4-1.

Prof Travers told even if he does emerge triumphantly, it could all be in vain unless Mr Starmer manages to lead Labour back to the centre ground of British politics.

He explained: “Given that the membership that will vote on this still contains substantial numbers of Momentum-backers in its ranks, any successful candidate is going to have to keep them onside.

“So far he’s saying he wants to keep some of the radicalism on the Corbyn leadership to try and get as many Corbyn-supporting Momentum types to vote for him as he can, with the assumption that the more moderate Labour members will back him too, believing he will head back to the centre once elected.”

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