No sooner has Esther McVey been promoted to minister for employment than she is accused Tory campaigning using taxpayers’ money. With a slim thin majority of 2,436 in her Wirral West constituency, the former GMTV presenter faces a probe by the Standards Commission after she sent out a highly political survey — apparently using envelopes, postage and paper funded from the public purse.
Local councillor Phil Brightmore refered the matter to the commissioner after he got hold of McVey’s “Electors Survey”, which he claims was accompanied by a “letter on Parliamentary paper, a Parliamentary envelope and franked second class”.
After a number of leading questions designed to niggle Labour-run Wirral council, McVey then goes the whole hog and asks people what they think about Tory policies and their 2015 manifesto. She even indulges in a spot of voter ID — asking her constituents how they are going to vote!
The rules on the use of parliamentary stationary are pretty clear:
Readers may find it instructive that McVey is refusing to comment.