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The Vauxhall MP sparked anger after tweeting a link to an article posted on the controversial right-wing website about Labour’s stance on Brexit.
Some Labour supporters and other social media users expressed their frustration at Ms Hoey’s decision to share a news piece from the Breitbart site – a publication that has frequently been accused of racism, anti-Semitism and misogyny.
Ms Hoey, who was re-elected as the MP for Vauxhall with a majority of 20,250 in June, told the Standard the article was a “useful update” on comments made by Labour’s shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner.
In response to Ms Hoey’s tweet Paul Stewart wrote: “Kate, Brietbart represents everything Labour should stand against. Please don’t link to this hate-mongering site.”
Paul Brugin quoted the tweet and said: “I have had difficulty for a no of years regarding Kate Hoey as a fellow member of the Labour Party.”
James Phillips tweeted: “For three long years @KateHoeyMP was my MP. She’s an embarrassment to #Vauxhall and to #Labour.”
Another person said: “Kate Hoey is quoting Breitbart as a reputable source. And people are questioning my scepticism over Labour’s future?”
Ms Hoey told the Standard: “I retweet articles from all sorts of blogs and websites – occasionally even the Evening Standard if it manages to put anything in which is not anti-Brexit.
“This article was a useful update on what had been reported in the Guardian about comments by the Shadow Minister Barry Gardiner MP.”
Breitbart, one of the most widely-read Conservative sites in the US, was founded by commentator Andrew Breitbart in 2007 and was later expanded by Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Mr Trump’s senior aide Mr Bannon, who is former executive chairman of the site, once boasted that the publication was “the platform for the alt-right”.
Breitbart has previously published comment pieces titled “Political Correctness Protects Muslim Rape Culture” and “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy”.
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