William Wragg: Honeytrap MP branded “naive and stupid” by Chris Loder

SENIOR Conservative MP William Wragg has been branded “naive and stupid” after falling victim to a honeytrap scam.

The Hazel Grove representative has admitted sharing the personal phone numbers of colleagues with a man he met on a dating app, who held compromising photos.

After admitting the incidents, Mr Wragg said he was “mortified” and apologised for “weakness” that “caused othr people hurt”.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt (Con, South West Surrey) said Mr Wragg had been “courageous” in admitting falling victim to the scam, which saw a number of politicians, journalists and staffers approached by unknown people via the social media app, WhatsApp.

Chris Loder (Con, West Dorset) said Mr Wragg’s actions were “disgraceful”, but stopped short of calling for him to lose the Conservative party whip.

“He should be ashamed of himself. To say he’s naive and stupid is an understatement,” Mr Loder said. “It is absolutely disgraceful.

“He should write a letter to everyone who has suffered.”

To the Dorset MP’s knowledge, his own phone number was not disclosed by Mr Wragg, and he has not been the recipient of a honeytrap scam message.

However, he said he is frequently targeted by hackers.

“Chinese and Russian states are attempting to hack MPs’ and their family’s phones all the time,” he said.

“My email accounts are attempted to be hacked on an almost hourly basis.

“We’ve got to assume some foreign states are continually watching what we do.”

Last night, Mr Wragg resigned as vice chairman of the 1922 Committee and earlier today stepped down from his position as chairman of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee.

Mr Loder said he had called for Mr Wragg to quit these posts in private MP circles.

“But is it a matter for someone to lose the whip? I’m not sure,” he said.

For the West Dorset MP, there are bigger safety concerns to worry about.

“There are some who have put members of my family’s addresses in the public domain,” he said.

“You wouldn’t think Dorset has these issues, but it does.”

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