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Samuel Collingwood Smith is a Conservative politician-turned-activist known online by the pseudonyms Matthew Hopkins[1] and Vordrak.[2] Smith operates a blog called MatthewHopkinsNews.com and a subreddit called "TheGGGreatWork".[3]

Smith served on Welwyn Hatfield's Borough Council from June 2005 to 2008, representing its Haldens ward.[4] In March 2009, Smith abandoned the Labour Party and joined the Conservative Party.[5][6] Later that month, Smith claimed, "Liberal policy poses a greater threat to our children than Tanya French does," while discussing Liberal Democrat drug reform proposals on an online forum operated by Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps. Smith's comment was met with criticism, and the comment was deleted from the forum.[2] Smith soon apologized for the comment.[7]

Smith claimed that in 2010, lawyers working for Evanescence singer Amy Lee forced him to sign a non-disclosure agreement that prevented him from reporting what he alleged to be drug offenders and pedophiles on the EvThreads forum to the authorities.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14] In November 2011, John Hemming created a motion in Parliament in support of Smith's claims that received the support of Mike Hancock and Peter Bottomley.[15] In July 2012, Hemmings presented a petition to Parliament in support of Smith's claims.[16] Smith's claims resulted in Anonymous targeting Amy Lee and the closure of EvThread.com.[8][9]

In 2013, Smith claimed on his blog that the Labour Party had mocked and looked down on Hatfield resident, calling them "fifth-class citizens", while he had been a member. Welwyn Hatfeild Labour Party Councilor Kieran Thorpe responded by saying that what Smith claimed was "quite wrong" and insisted that the residents of Welwyn Hatfield knew that everything Smith said should be taken "more than a pinch of salt to hand".[1]

In March 2015, Smith sent a letter of claim to the operators of Block Bot, a bot meant to block offensive and abusive messages from Twitter, and wrote what Breitbart called an "exposé" on the Block Bot.[17]

In July 2015, Smith was banned from Wikipedia after he threatened to release the personal information of Wikipedia editors.[1] Smith alleges that his criticism and threats of "negative media scrutiny" motivated the ban. Breitbart credits Smith with exposing what Smith alleges is conflict of interest revisions to Wikipedia by Mark Bernstein and editors with connections to The Guardian.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Christian, Paul (2013-10-26). "Ex-Labour councillor now Tory ‘Witchfinder General’ attacks his old party over Hatfield ‘jibes’". Welwyn Hatfield Times. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Storm over new Tory's baby rapist comments". Welwyn Hatfield Times. 2009-03-17. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bokhari, Allum (2015-07-21). "Wikipedia Will Ban You for Criticising Wikipedia". Breitbart. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  4. "Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Offices - By Election Results - 30 June 2005". welhat.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  5. "Ex-Welwyn Hatfield councillor turns on 'Divided' Labour". Welwyn Hatfield Times. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  6. Barham, Alexandra (2009-03-12). "Labour party betrayed by councillor's defection". St Albans and Harpenden Review. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  7. "Tory new boy apologises for Lib Dem baby rapist comparison". Welwyn Hatfield Times. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Zhao, Wenjia (2012-07-25). "Anonymous Targets Amy Lee And Wind-Up Records In Operation PedoChat". Forbes. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Cardew, Ben (2012-09-04). "Evanescence targeted by online hackers Anonymous over child pornography allegations". NME. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  10. Renshaw, David (2012-09-05). "Evanescence targeted over child pornography claims". Gigwise. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  11. Sciarretto, Amy (2012-09-05). "Evanescence Singer Amy Lee Targeted by Hacking Group". Noisecreep. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  12. Zanotti, Marc (2012-09-05). "Anonymous Target Evanescence Singer Amy Lee Over Child Pornography Allegations". Music Feeds. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  13. CMU Editorial (2012-09-05). "Evanescence draw fire from Anonymous after online paedophilia cover-up accusations". Complete Music Update. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  14. Hilton, Perez (2012-09-05). "Evanescence Singer Enabled Child Pornography?!". PerezHilton.com. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  15. "Early day motion 2394 - EVANESCENCE, SCHILLINGS, SAM SMITH AND THE RULE OF LAW". parliament.uk. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  16. Hemmings, John (2012-07-17). "House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 17 July 2012 (pt 0001)". parliament.uk. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  17. Bokhari, Allum (2015-03-20). "BBC-featured 'block bot' runs into legal trouble". Breitbart. Retrieved 2015-07-22.

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