Mum speaks out over unwitting role in MP ‘sting’


A mum who unwittingly found herself at the heart of a sting that forced a Government minister to resign has spoken out about her shock.

A picture of Charlene Tyler, 26, of Kirton, sunbathing was used on Twitter by a freelance journalist who was pretending to be a young female Conservative Party intern when catching out Minister of Civil Society Brooks Newmark.

Charlene's story was in the Sunday Mirror

Charlene's story was in the Sunday Mirror

The journalist – posing as ‘Sophie’ – is said to received sexually explicit pictures from the 56-year-old minister, who resigned when the story was reported in the Sunday Mirror.

Other national press outlets then picked up on the fact that the reporter had used pictures of unsuspecting real life women when building his fake persona – and reported on Miss Tyler’s case.

The mother-of-two featured in this weekend’s Sunday Mirror to speak about her ordeal.

She told the paper: “I’m not famous and I should be able to put ­whatever I like on Twitter. I didn’t ask to be in the limelight. This has been really hard for my family.”

The paper stressed it did not print the photos of Miss Tyler, but did still apologise to her publically last week.

She sold her story to the Sunday Mirror for this week’s print edition - and the terms of that deal means she is unable to talk to The Standard about the matter at this time.

She went on to tell the tabloid that she had posted bikini ‘selfies’ on Twitter because she was proud of getting her figure back after having her children.

She said: “I got loads of tweets that I looked amazing. It was a confidence boost. I wanted to be a Page Three model from 13. But now I’ve had a taste of what it’s like – no. It should be a crime to take other peoples’ pictures and use them without permission.”

Charlene is said to feel ‘nothing but sympathy’ for father-of-five Newmark.

She told the Sunday Mirror: “I feel sorry for him and his wife.”

The Sunday Mirror has defended the article - amid suggestions that it could be the first high profile case for the new Independent Press Standards Organisation.

She also went on to say: “The Sunday Mirror didn’t print the picture with the story but now other papers having a go at the Sunday Mirror have printed it. It’s a bit ironic.

“I wasn’t happy they used my picture in the first place but I definitely feel much more violated now.”