Tory MPs slammed the New York Times for an article questioning the future of London post-Brexit
Two senior Tory’s claimed the article was biased, as the journalist Sarah Lyall, had based her immersive report on sources who "backed up her own opinions".
Published in the New York Times, a newspaper with a large left-wing readership, the article titled “Will London Fall” provoked a wave of angry tweets.
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One user said on Twitter: “Dear New York Times will London fall? No we have been around far longer than you so go forth and fix your own country first.”
Another user attempted to provide Londoners with hope. He said London will not fall, “as long as we stand together against hate and division".
According to the New York Times Europe editor Jim Yardley, Ms Lyall’s piece is the first in a series looking at the fate of London post-Brexit.
Leading Brexiteer, Kwasi Kwarteng MP for Spelthorne was quick to ridicule the piece and the newspaper. He said: “Very poor journalism.
“They make up their minds then find people to confirm their opinions. You would expect better from them."
Mark Field, MP for Cities of London and Westminster reportedly added: “Over the centuries, London has proved itself time and again adaptable to whatever fate has thrown at it.
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Kwasi Kwarteng, a leading Brexiteer was quick to slam the article
“Brexit is just the latest challenge that this great global city faces. Now is the time for all Londoners to stand together rather than talking down our prospects.”
The journalist, Sarah Lyall admitted she should have been “more nuanced” in the way she wrote the piece, according to the newspaper.