Picking up on the superb work done by the trailblazers ( Emma Youle and Nadine White) for the Huff Post, Dan Sabbagh and Damien Gaylethe of the Guardian pick up the story
Tue 12 Nov 2019 18.19 GMT
Tory-supporting church 'asks young members to hand over thousands'
Alarmed parents say Spac Nation, which the Conservative party has embraced, operates ‘like a cult’
The mother of one member told the Guardian that her 20-year-old daughter had given £13,000 to the church in three months, with the money raised from her student loan, personal loans and loans on businesses she had set up with the help of pastors.
“She must have made about 30 loan applications,” said the mother, who asked not to be named because she was concerned about her daughter’s safety. “For some of them, she was using my details as a guarantor. She was even using me as a guarantor for other people’s loans. That was the one time I was glad my credit was bad.”
The controversial church has adopted the local Conservatives, supporting the party in the marginal Croydon Central seat. Last week, one of its pastors, Jayde Edwards, unsuccessfully stood for the party in a council byelection.
The Conservatives have been keen to embrace the church