Vote Leave whistleblower outed by No 10 hits out at Theresa May’s suicide prevention tweet

Vote Leave whistleblower outed by No 10 hits out at Theresa May’s suicide prevention tweet

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Vote Leave whistleblower Shahmir Sanni hit back at Prime Minister Theresa May, after she tweeted on a message warning “17 percent of people will experience suicidal thoughts in their lifetime”, saying he “became part of the 17 percent when you outed me”.

Theresa May’s tweet on Monday was marking World Suicide Prevention Day, but faced criticism from many on twitter.

Mr Sanni retweeted her message saying: “I became part of the 17 percent when you outed me.

“Go f*** yourself.”

Mr Sanni became a whistleblower after releasing information to The Observer about how Vote Leave channelled money through BeLeave, a group linked to Cambridge Analytica, to get around electoral law.

In March, Mr Sanni was outed as gay by Stephen Parkinson, one of May’s closest advisers and a former Vote Leave official, with whom Sanni had a relationship during the campaign.

The Prime Minister’s full tweet said: “Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. 17 percent of people will experience suicidal thoughts in their lifetime - and if you are worried about someone, step in and ask if you can help.

“Sometimes just asking if a friend or loved one is OK can help save a life.”

 

‘The government weaponised my sexuality’

Mr Sanni has said that Downing Street “tainted him as a scorned gay lover” and that “they knew the trauma an act like this can cause a gay man”.

Mr Sanni told talkRADIO: “If Theresa May really cared about suicide, her government wouldn’t be driving LGBTQ and disabled people toward it.

“The government weaponised my sexuality in order to silence the story that has proven Vote Leave guilty of breaking the law. As of yesterday, we now know that she was made aware of this prior to triggering Article 50, let alone prior to the official Downing Street statement that tainted me as a scorned gay lover.”

He added: “She even went to the extent of personally defending the action in Parliament saying that this violent attack was justified because Vote Leave’s law breaking was a ‘personal matter’. What? There was no justification for this clear act of violence that drove me to the lowest point of my life. LGBTQ people are more likely to die by suicide and suffer from mental health issues.

"LGBTQ people of colour are killing themselves across the globe because their pain and suffering is too much, because their families would be safer with them dead, their loved ones free from disappointment.

“Downing Street knows this. They know the trauma an act like this can cause a gay man, particularly a gay man of colour. And that’s exactly why they did it- to drive me to silence.”

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