Shortly after reporting on questionable claims of ‘business success’ by Tory candidate Alan Mak — almost certainly set to become the MP for the safe seat of Havant, Hampshire — Scrapbook was furnished with a copy of his official candidate CV, which was distributed to those that attended the selection meeting last October.
This included quotes purporting to be from the Telegraph and ConservativeHome (black redactions are of handwritten marginalia):
Apparently Mak is destined for great things:
In fact, he’s cabinet material:
But these quotes are nowhere to be found in the output of either publication and that’s because, Scrapbook has established, that they were never actually published.
Bizarrely, Tory HQ is standing by their man:
“We are satisfied that these quotes are accurate and any suggestion they have been fabricated is libellous.”
It is notable that this was not a selection by local party members but an open primary which any local voter could attend.
So his first interaction with his likely future constituents was to deceive them.