Shropshire Tories scrap election leaflet and apologise to Oz mental health charity

With less than a month to go to the local elections, Shropshire Conservatives have withdrawn the printed edition of their election manifesto (it’s still here online). This follows my discovery that an image that purported to be of Conservative supporters was lifted without permission from an Australian charity website. The image shows the staff of a mental health charity from Tasmania and Queensland. It is a typical workplace photograph and was taken on 28 June 2013.

The BBC is reporting that the Conservatives have now formally apologised to the charity and have promised to no longer distribute the leaflet.

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Shropshire Tory manifesto cheats with photo of mental health workers from Oz

You couldn’t make this story up. If it hasn’t already arrived, you might soon be getting a copy of the Shropshire Conservative manifesto through your letterbox. Most of us would think that the banner photograph on the front page of the manifesto is of thirteen Tory activists or supporters. But look carefully. It took me a while to spot what is wrong with the photograph. Then it clicked.

After that light bulb moment, it took me just minutes to discover that the image is not of Shropshire supporters at all. Not even of Tory supporters. The photograph has been lifted from an Australian mental health charity website.

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Thirteen candidates for Ludlow Town Council elections on 4 May

Shropshire Council today published the list of candidates for the town and parish council elections on 4 May. In Ludlow, there are 14 candidates standing for 15 seats in seven wards. Eight candidates will be elected unopposed. A further three will need to be co-opted after the election.

There are more candidates standing than four years ago. All but one of the current 15 councillors were either elected unopposed or co-opted. But only three of the current candidates are new to the council, the rest are sitting councillors. I am disappointed with this, particularly after the efforts by the town council and the People’s Alliance for Ludlow to attract new blood.

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Candidates for Shropshire Council elections in Ludlow & across county announced

Shropshire Council today announced the candidates for the unitary elections on 4 May. This is an “all up” election – all current councillors must stand for re-election unless they are retiring.

I will be competing against three candidates in Ludlow North. They are a UKIP candidate from Hopton Court near Cleobury Mortimer; a Conservative from Billingsley near Bridgnorth; and a Green from New Street in Ludlow.

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