Sayeeda Warsi has called for a “clean campaign” in the upcoming Oldham East by-election. Signing a pledge (not that this has been problematic recently) with candidate Kashif Ali, the Conservative Party chairman said: “After everything that’s happened in Oldham East and Saddleworth, the last thing we need now is underhand behaviour in our election campaign.”
Must be a different Sayeeda Warsi to this one then:
As someone responsible for some of the most vile homophobic leaflets in recent memory, Warsi is absolutely the last person to be getting into the pulpit on campaigning tactics. Materials produced for her 2005 Westminster bid in Dewsbury – which she has never apologised for and were re-used by another candidate in 2007 – said:
Labour has scrapped Section 28, which was introduced by the Conservatives to stop schools promoting alternative sexual lifestyles such as homosexuality to children as young as seven years old.
Labour reduced the age of consent for homosexuality from 18 to 16, allowing schoolchildren to be propositioned for homosexual relationships.
In keeping with this new mood of “clean campaigning”, Scrapbook can only presume a full apology for this disgusting scaremongering will be forthcoming.
In terms of the fight in Oldham, however, It seems Conservative activists in the area would be happy for CCHQ to mount any kind of campaign at all.
Fearing meltdown for Lib Dem colleagues, David Cameron has intervened personally to neuter his own party’s campaign.