It seems that Spelthorne Borough Council are not the only Conservative local authority who see no problem with giving public platforms to their own candidates — the London Borough of Croydon apparently has given Iain Duncan Smith a platform to promote the Tory by-election candidate.

A local news and politics blog reports that IDS was attending the publicly-funded “Croydon congress” meeting, when he said he was “obviously” there to back the Tory candidate Andy Stranack.

Blame this time, however, is being laid at the door of council chief executive John Rouse. Rouse seems to have a history of questionable decisions, banning Labour and Co-operative candidates from using the Labour rose emblem on ballot papers — and was on the panel with the Work and Pensions Secretary at the event.

This is starting to look slightly endemic.

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