British PM May backs Cambridge Analytica investigation

Theresa May & Claire Perry with Green Heart Hero Award winners- image Heather Stuckey CC

Theresa May & Claire Perry with Green Heart Hero Award winners- image Heather Stuckey CC

Theresa May assured her fellow MP that there are "no current contracts" between the Tory party and CA or its parent company SCL Group - formerly known as Strategic Communication Laboratories.

During Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday, Mrs May told MPs she was not aware of any connections between the company and her Government.

The prime minister refused to address the specific cases mentioned but described allegations against Cambridge Analytica as "very concerning" and called for the company and others to comply fully with investigations.

Theresa May has refused to address a number of links between the Conservative party and Cambridge Analytica (CA), the British firm at the centre of the Facebook data storm.

The firm deny engaging in "entrapment, bribes or so-called "honeytraps" in the course of its work.

Ian Blackford, the SNP's leader in Westminster, had challenged May over Tory party links to SCL Group. Its funding chairman was a former Conservative MP. A former Conservative Party treasurer is a shareholder. A director appears to have donated over £700,000 to the Tory Party.

"We know about the links to the Conservative Party. They go on and on". Wheatland was chairman of CA's parent company SCL Group.

Mark Turnbull, the firm's managing director, was invited to speak to Foreign Office staff in February 2017 on the topic of "examining the application of data" in the election of Donald Trump.

The Daily Mirror reported today that Cambridge Analytica offered to help the Conservatives fight a general election when David Cameron was leader - but the party did not take up the offer.

Referring to the ongoing investigation into Cambridge Analytica by United Kingdom authorities, Mrs May added: "What we have seen in Cambridge Analytica, the allegations are clearly very concerning and it is absolutely right that they should be properly investigated". It is absolutely right that they should be properly investigated.

"It's right that the Information Commissioner is doing exactly that because people need to have confidence in how their personal data is being used".

"I would expect Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and all organisations involved to comply fully with the investigation taking place".

Cambridge Analytica, whose chief executive Alexander Nix was suspended last night, is now the subject of an investigation by the Information Commissioner, which was yesterday seeking a court warrant to access the London headquarters.