Brexit Party supporters appear to have taken over more than one Labour party website, redirecting all searches and previous links to Nigel Farage’s party webpage.

This was what Sadiq Khan’s website looked like until about halfway through 2018, when it appears the domain expired allowing anyone to register it and take control:

Now, the domain – – directs back to

The WHOIS ownership records show that the domain expires annually around June/July.

According to the internet archive, the WayBack Machine, Khan’s content disappeared in the summer of 2018. The Brexit Party Limited was only incorporated with Companies House on 23 November 2018.

The Brexit Party told Byline Times that it was “unaware of the takeover and re-direct of these websites”, that this was not “authorised by the Brexit Party in any way” and that it “absolutely condemned these actions”.

Dirty Tricks and Domain HiJacking

As any digital marketer or business person will know, high profile links from trusted websites result in more traffic from Google and other search engines.

However this hijack was done it will almost certainly benefit the Brexit Party from all the high profile, valuable, search engine optimising links.

All the previous articles linking to now redirect – including multiple entries in the Guardian, BBC, openDemocracy, Wikipedia, Forbes Magazine, Business Insider and thousands of other sites.

The Brexit Party has already been caught out buying up Google Search links to the Labour Party. More websites appear to be coming under this kind of underhand online campaigning attack, including the website of Michael Cashman, a Labour MEP. His expired domain – also now links back to the Brexit Party.

How many other sites have been hijacked by digital dark arts?


Byline Times is funded by its subscribers. Receive our monthly print edition and help to support fearless, independent journalism.

New to Byline Times? Find out more about us


A new type of newspaper – independent, fearless, outside the system. Fund a better media.

Don’t miss a story…

Our leading investigations include: empire & the culture warBrexit, crony contractsRussian interferencethe Coronavirus pandemicdemocracy in danger, and the crisis in British journalism. We also introduce new voices of colour in Our Lives Matter.

More stories filed under Democracy in Danger

More stories filed under Reportage

Liz Truss’ False Energy Bill Cap Claim has Misled Public, Poll Finds

, 30 September 2022
Six in 10 voters believe the Prime Minister's false claim that the Government is capping total household energy bills at £2,500 a year, reports Adam Bienkov

‘Lies and Deceit’: Top Russian Oligarch Indicted for US Criminal Sanctions Violations had Role in Russia Interference Report

, 30 September 2022
The indictment of Oleg Deripaska is the latest in a string of judicial decisions which lead back to Putin's interference in US elections, reports Heidi Siegmund-Cuda

EXCLUSIVE Tax Cuts For The Rich, Benefit Cuts For The Poor?

, 30 September 2022
Following news that benefits may rise with earnings, not inflation, Sian Norris and the Byline Intelligence Team asks: who will be hardest hit? And is this an inequality economy?

More from the Byline Family