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More Labour Sleaze Revelations Rock the Party – Part 2

Leah Fraser

In a day of news that the Labour Party will probably prefer to gloss over, the party has been forced to apologise once again for smearing a political opponent. In this case Labour in the Wallasey constituency published outrights lies about Conservative candidate Leah Fraser. In a Labour leaflet distributed across the constituency, it was claimed that Leah Fraser was a supporter of fox hunting and saw this as a priority, over all other issues, including the economy.

Leah Fraser said: “This was completely untrue. It followed repeated claims on other issues – such as the future of sure start and the winter fuel payments – and that’s why I decided to act. Anyone who goes into politics expects some ‘rough and tumble’ but to basically make up claims about your opponent crosses the line and Cllr Dodd’s solicitors recognised that. I believe my views were distorted in order to give Labour electoral advantage. The electorate has a right to know the views and opinions of candidates asking for their vote. Labour’s campaign in Wallasey misled the electorate over this issue and I am pleased that they have finally apologised to me.”

Labour has been forced to issue a grovelling apology to Leah Fraser: “We accept that this was a completely unfounded submission. To imply that you would campaign for repeal of the fox hunting ban was both misleading and highly offensive and we can only hope that you will accept our sincere and unreserved apologies. We solemnly undertake not to repeat the aforementioned defamatory statements or make any further statements whether in print, electronic form or otherwise of this nature in the future.”

In addition Labour has had to pay legal costs of £3,500 and print a leaflet to be delivered to the whole constituency retracting their lies.

Readers will recall that a couple of weeks ago Labour MP Phil Woolas was stripped of his Commons seat for lying about his Lib Dem opponent. He went to the High Court to challenge the decision and lost.

Locally in Reading Labour candidates have a track record of lying to electors to try to cling onto power. We had many reports from residents claiming that Labour canvassers told them that if they elected a Conservative led Council bus passes for pensioners would be scrapped etc etc. Over the last few elections both Conservatives and Lib Dems were also the subject of smear tactics and lies in leaflets. Sadly it seems that their 2011 local election campaign will follow the same course.

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December 9, 2010 - Posted by | National

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