In what is being dubbed as PP-gate, Spain’s opposition, the Popular Party is reeling after accusations of internal spying were levelled at some prominent members .
Its leader, Mariano Rajoy has counter-attacked, claiming it is all part of a smear campaign by the socialists: “This is not a plot initiated within the PP by our own party members as some people are saying, “ claimed an angry Rajoy, “ but it’s really a plot against the PP which is totally unjust and is causing irrevocable damage to the people unjustly named in the scandal.” A left-wing national newspaper has published what it calls “revelations” about the PP-controlled Madrid regional government. It claims the president, Esperanza Aguirre had been caught spying on the local mayor. The paper says this was due to an internal struggle between two politicians, tipped as possible future party leaders. The accusations follow corruption raids last week targeting several Popular Party members active in local politics. A judicial probe has been launched into alleged kick-backs linked to the awarding of construction contracts. The scandals have boosted the ruling Socialists’ lead in opinion polls ahead of regional elections on March 1.