Remarkable scenes in Telford last night at a General Elections hustings arranged by the local Trades Council.
Telford Tory candidate Lucy Allan is no stranger to controversy, having been at the centre of bullying accusations after a former employee released an aggressive voicemail Allan left for her when she was off sick – behaviour she later admitted was wrong and said she had learned from.
More recently, she was embarrassed when her Twitter account featured images of a ‘concerned resident’ and a Tory campaigner – and both were the same man.
Last night, she failed to turn up for the hustings and, according to scores of local people and the Telford Labour Twitter account, insisted that she had not been invited. But a leaked email suggested otherwise:
.@lucyallan failed to attend a public hustings tonight. She has said she wasn't invited. She was & below is the proof #votekuldip #honesty pic.twitter.com/6Alp2Kn093
— Telford Labour Party (@Telfordlabour) June 1, 2017
Even more bizarrely, her neighbouring Tory candidate, Mark Pritchard, did turn up – but walked out early after outraging his audience with astonishingly ignorant comments accusing Foodbank users of smoking and owning ’58” televisions”:
It’s becoming daily more apparent that Theresa May is not the only Tory in meltdown during their calamitous and incompetent General Election campaign.
Inderjeet Singh Nijhar, who has been with the Telford Labour Campaign Team, said,
The Tories locally are trashing and burning the reputation of the good people of Telford, with the threat of cuts to local hospital services and to local jobs with the terrible hard Brexit, in the hands of Theresa May. It’s time for a local, experienced leader with integrity to replace the discredited Tory candidate Allan and Kuldip Sahota is the man.
Lucy Allan can hide from the people but they will have their say on June 8th voting for Corbyn’s Labour.
Neither candidate was today answering his/her office phone when the SKWAWKBOX attempted to reach them for comment.
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