Friday, March 05, 2010

Arses & Elbows

Normally, I wouldn't bother myself simply repeating what another blogger has posted, but in the case of this blog's old friend Capt. Legiron and the latest Tory leaflet, I shall have to make an exception.

As Echo editor Pete Barron has revealed via Twitter, the hapless Tory has been doggedly pushing his material through letterboxes in Hurworth. Hurworth of course, is miles outside the Darlington constituency boundary - if Labour and the LibDems wanted to create a story that underlined that Edward is from out-of-town and is out-of-touch, we couldn't have done a better job.

(Ironically, I seem to recall when working on Alan Milburn's campaign in 1997 that the Tory candidate for Darlington managed a similar cock-up. Like Edward, he was a scion of a bunch of North Yorkshire aristos with a curiously pronounced name - what is about Darlington Tories that they repeatedly select these characters?)

Much more seriously, over on his blog, Mike Barker comments on the fact that the leaflet also manages to break electoral law by not having an imprint. Let me do Tory campaign maestro Charles Johnson a favour, here - Charles, stop putting out material in another constituency, in fact stop putting them out at all - without an imprint, it's illegal.

No doubt a referral to the police will follow - the Tories simply can't be allowed to flout electoral rules in this way.

5 comments:

Legend in his own lunchtime said...

Yep I got one in Hurworth!

miketually said...

One of the illegal leaflets was put through our door today in Haughton East.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes.....

and through my door in Haughton West as well.

Anonymous said...

Jill Catfight said... Tut tut - Serious nature of the situation :)

hopisen said...

While of course in the Sedgefield by-election the Tory HQ was...

in Darlington Constituency.

Gerographical inexactitude appears to be a NE Tory trait.