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Satirical ‘Secret Tory MP’ unmasked as Pembrokeshire environmental campaigner

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  • Henry Morris, a Pembrokeshire-based environmental campaigner and personal trainer, reveals his true identity as the mastermind behind the satirical Twitter account, which posed as a secret Tory MP offering a humorous glimpse into Westminster.

THE ENGIGMATIC figure behind the widely followed “secret Tory MP” Twitter account, renowned for its satirical take on life at Westminster, has finally emerged from the shadows. Contrary to expectations, the individual responsible for the account is not a genuine Tory MP, but rather Henry Morris, an environmental campaigner and personal trainer hailing from Pembrokeshire.

The revelation, unveiled last week through Twitter, stirred a myriad of reactions among the account’s followers. While some expressed disappointment that the satirical character turned out to be an imposter, others lauded the extensive parody project. James O’Brien, host of LBC, hailed the revelation as “magnificent” in response to a video disclosing Morris’s true identity. Many followers admitted to being in fits of laughter after watching the reveal video.

In an interview with the BBC, Morris, who resides near Crymych in Pembrokeshire, showed no remorse if individuals were misled into believing he was an authentic Tory MP. He remarked, “If people feel deceived by my portrayal of a real MP, I would like to express my apologies, although I must admit that I am not genuinely sorry. The essence of the deception is more reflective of the conduct exhibited by those seated in Westminster rather than my prowess as a trickster.” Morris further added, “People often discover unexpected talents, whether in ballet or darts. As it turns out, I have an uncanny knack for impersonating a Tory MP. While I have thoroughly enjoyed the whimsical façade, I believe it is time to disclose my true identity. Besides, I am confident that an AI will be able to replicate all of this within a matter of weeks anyway.”

The Twitter account @secrettory12, which originated in April 2019, gained substantial popularity. Leveraging its success, Morris published a book entitled “The Diary of a Secret Tory MP: (Almost!) True Stories from the Heart of British Politics” in late September 2022. The opening paragraph of the book’s Amazon listing, connected to the Twitter account, affirms, “From Brexit to Covid, parties to pig culling, the Conservative government has veered from one crisis to another. Offering an insider’s perspective from the backbenches, the Secret Tory MP has witnessed all the trivial rivalries, ill-advised decision-making, and scandalous affairs that unfold within Whitehall. And the MP does not hesitate to share it all.”

The subsequent paragraphs of the book’s description leave no room for doubt that it is a work of satire. With humorous anecdotes such as the mystery MP drunkenly texting Liz Truss after consuming a crate of WKD, accompanying Jacob Rees-Mogg (alongside his children) to protest at a food bank, engaging in the “Trawler Wars” with the French, and even euthanizing Rishi Sunak’s dog – all within the span of a single October month – “The Diary of a Secret Tory MP” offers a comical spoof of conventional political journals. It unravels extraordinary events transpiring within Westminster over a tumultuous twelve-month period.

The video revealing Morris’s identity features parodies of notable Conservative figures, including Michael Gove and Jacob Rees-Mogg, further enhancing the satirical essence of the project.

Morris’s genuine Twitter account, currently set to private, underscores his dedication to environmental causes. Notably, he recently announced his plan to run 250km in the Cairngorms, raising awareness about the persecution faced by golden eagles.

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Cornerstone 4G phone mast unconditionally backed

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A NEAR 70-foot-high 4G telecommunications tower scheme in north Pembrokeshire has been unconditionally backed by county planners.

Applicant Cornerstone sought what – in planning terms – is called prior approval for the installation of a 21-metre lattice tower supporting three antennas and associated works on land at Castle Farm Villa, Llanreithan, Hayscastle.

A report for planners says the radio base station “would allow a shared rural network in this rural area of Hayscastle for two of the main operators, to provide 4G connection, which would provide a reliable and fast communications services; to facilitate significantly improved connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors to locality.”

The application was supported by local community council Brawdy.

Cornerstone, in a supporting statement, says: “To keep up with growing demand from mobile phone users we need to upgrade existing base stations or build new base stations. An upgrade can be done in a number of ways, often by redeveloping the site to enable an increase in the number of technologies, or increasing the number or height of the antennas. However, even after these upgrades, in some busy areas the demand for services can still exceed the capability of the local base stations.”

It adds: “We recognise that the growth in mobile communication has led, in some cases, to public concern about perceived health effects of mobile technology, in particular about siting masts close to local communities.

“Quite naturally, the public seeks reassurance that masts are not in any way harmful or dangerous.   We are committed to providing the latest independent peer-reviewed research findings, information, advice and guidance from national and international agencies on radiofrequency (RF) electromagnetic fields.

“Cornerstone ensure that our radio base stations are designed and built so that the public are not exposed to radio frequency fields above the guidelines set by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).  In fact, radio base stations operate at low power and emit levels of radiofrequency fields many times lower than the ICNIRP general public guidelines.”

An officer report says a site visit was carried out to assess the impact of the proposed development, considering that the siting and design of the mast and associated structures would be acceptable.

“As such, the prior approval of the local planning authority is not required,” the report concluded.

Recent plans by Cornerstone for a 20-metre-high, timber-clad telecoms tower on land opposite the National Trust car park at Trehilyn West, Trefasser, near Goodwick, were turned down by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park planners.

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Pembrokeshire stands against Israeli apartheid and Genocide

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PALESTINE solidarity groups in Pembrokeshire and West Wales are mobilising for a powerful protest in Haverfordwest, Castle Square, this Saturday 20th April at 2pm. They aim to vehemently condemn the relentless Israeli onslaught on Gaza and send a clear message to the UK government and local MPs Simon Hart and Stephen Crabb: End the complicity now! We demand an immediate ceasefire and an end to arms sales that fuel this brutal oppression.

The Nakba, or ‘catastrophe’ in Arabic, refers to the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Israeli forces, following the forcible displacement of 750,000 Palestinians (almost half the population) in 1947-49 in order to establish the state of Israel. Israel’s current assault on Gaza is an escalation of the ongoing Nakba and threatens to be the largest mass expulsion of Palestinians since 1948. The international community has an immediate responsibility to intervene to stop Israel’s ethnic cleansing today. Any delay in implementing practical measures constitutes complicity and/or participation in the ongoing Nakba.

This rally is a collective outcry against the crimes perpetrated by Israel and a rallying cry for the boycott of Israeli products.

“It’s sickeningly hypocritical that Israel strikes nations and communities first, claims victimhood when faced with resistance, and then receives unwavering support from the U.S., the UK, and Germany!” lamented one protester.

“For too long, the international community has turned a blind eye to Israel’s flagrant violations of human rights, granting it impunity while innocent lives are lost.”

“Six months of relentless violence. Six months of Israel slaughtering innocent Palestinians. Six months of Israel killing over 14,000 children! That’s an average of around 76 children a day and what has our government done? Profited from arms sales, turning a blind eye to the bloodshed,” remarked another protester.

This protest is a clarion call to all who stand for justice: It’s time to disrupt the status quo and challenge our complicit government. “We will never give up,” declared a participant. “To dismantle apartheid, we must disrupt the everyday and refuse to be complicit in Israel’s crimes against humanity!”

Join us at Castle Square at 2pm this Saturday to lend your voice to the 2 million people who suffer from a forced famine and brutal occupation in Gaza. Together, we will demand justice, accountability, and an immediate end to the bloodshed, the genocide and ethnic cleansing.

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Dragon LNG ‘monitoring’ scrap car blaze in Waterston

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A BLAZE has broken out at the Waterston Car Dismantler’s business in Waterston, Milford Haven.

Dragon LNG which is situated near the site said that the fire was not related to their operation and confirmed that the that emergency services were at the scene.

Residents living nearby have been advised to keep windows and doors closed whilst the incident is being dealt with.

“We are aware of a fire in Waterston with the emergency services present,” said a spokesperson for Dragon LNG.

“The incident is not related to Dragon LNG and Dragon Energy. We are monitoring the situation and are co-ordinating with the emergency services.”

A spokesperson for Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service told The Herald: “At 11.09am on Monday, April 15th, the Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock, Narberth, Fishguard, Carmarthen, Tenby and Haverfordwest crews were called to an incident at a commercial premises in the Waterston Industrial Estate, Milford Haven.

“Crews responded to approximately 150 vehicles on fire, at the height of the incident, 12 fire appliances were in attendance.  Crews utilised six breathing apparatus sets, nine hose reel jets, two ground monitors and approximately 1,000 litres of foam to extinguish the fire.

“Properties in close proximity to the fire were evacuated and nearby roads were closed.  The incident required a multi-agency response, with Dyfed-Powys Police, the Ambulance Service and the Local Authority also in attendance.

“Crews began to leave the scene at 2.11pm.

“Please be advised that as a precaution:

“If you are in an area still affected by smoke, you are advised to stay indoors, close windows and doors, and turn off any air conditioning or ventilation units.

“Motorists who must travel through areas still affected by smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed.”

(Images: M Cavaney/Herald)

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