Douglas Alexander, the head of Labour’s election strategy, has said it is getting harder for politicians to campaign in elections because of conspiracy theories on social media.

Speaking at a conference in central London organised by LabourList, the shadow foreign secretary said that voters were increasingly getting their information from the “echo chamber” of Facebook and Twitter.

“We are used to a politics where we share facts, but diverge on opinion,” he said. “We are confronting increasingly, because of the rise of social media, a politics where people’s social media feeds can be an echo chamber for, at best, their own opinions and, at worst, their own prejudices.

“And that’s a tough challenge for all democratic politicians in every party of the UK, and more broadly.”

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