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Tories’ eight minutes of by-election video doesn’t mention party once

Having been whupped in Corby, the Tories have hit upon a new by-election strategy for the Croydon North poll on 29 November: producing nearly eight minutes of campaign video … which doesn’t mention the Conservative Party once!

Even the imprint — smallprint required by law declaring the promoter of election materials — gives the name of their candidate’s election agent rather than the Tories.

“Promoted by Ian Parker on behalf of the Andy Stranack, 161 Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7JP.”

Contrast this with imprints for Corby:

“promoted by Matt Edmonds on behalf of the Corby and East Northamptonshire Conservatives”

This puts a whole new meaning on the phrase ‘shy Tories’.

Now ANOTHER Tory council accused of promoting candidate with taxpayer cash

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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