While the disarray of the Tories in government was building up to the resignation of yet another Cabinet minister, the Tories attempting to get into local government have been stumbling into a series of scandals, with racism, homophobia and sexism leading to a string of suspended candidates.
But the Tories are inventive when it comes to finding ways to out themselves and their dishonesty to voters.
Enfield Southgate Conservatives are refusing to respond to press enquiries after being caught photoshopping a former local Tory MP, David Burrowes, into a picture of a residents’ meeting – in order to attack Labour for supposedly ‘ignoring’ the residents.
The picture, which the local Conservative group sent to local paper the Enfield Independent, is at the top below, with the original beneath – open the image in a new tab or window for a bigger view:
True to form, not only is the altered image dishonest, it’s also incompetent – the photoshopping is shoddy, with the MP’s feet badly cropped and his dog appearing to float off the pavement:
The local paper originally published the fake image, then replaced it with the original one when the scam was discovered. Local Tory candidate Jasmine Storry, like the local Conservative group, declined to respond to the Enfield Independent when it tried to contact them for comment.
The local Labour candidate, Angie McEvoy, tweeted about the incident:
The Tories have exploited genuine concerns of Southgate residents to promote themselves and their failed ex-MP. @cllranderson already working hard to resolve this problem. Resident safety must be taken seriously and not used as a campaign prop.
The SKWAWKBOX has contacted the Conservative press office to see whether the national party will comment, apologise or act.
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