Complaints over Harborough Tories’ election leaflet

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An A4 election leaflet has sparked an early skirmish in the battle for votes ahead of the local council elections next month.

The In Touch newsletter, put out by the Harborough Conservative group, has been seized on by rival Liberal Democrats for its use of the official Harborough District Council logo on its reverse.

Lib Dem spokesman Peter Rowbotham said: “The newsletter was headed Harborough District Special and incorrectly used the council’s official logo.

“The Lib Dems are of the opinion that it gives the impression the district council has endorsed its contents.”

The newsletter headlines with a report that Harborough district Council Tax is to be cut by five per cent, by the ruling Conservative group.

It has the Conservative logo on the front, and a message about “Conservatives Delivering in Harborough”.

Mr Rowbotham said a complaint has been officially submitted to Harborough District Council’s Returning Officer about the newsletter.

A district council spokesman said: “We can confirm that a complaint was received regarding the leaflet and that it has been dealt with.”

It has not explained how it has been dealt with.

At the Harborough Conservative Association HQ, Lesley Bowles said: “This is all a bit of a storm in a tea cup.

“In actual fact, this leaflet started going out before the election period started.

“But some of the deliverers were a little late in delivering the leaflet.

“As soon as I had a call from Richard Ellis at Harborough Council [the Returning Officer for the elections] I acted.

“It was an error and it should not have been delivered in the election period.”

Local council elections are on the same day as the general election – Thursday, May 7. All of Harborough Council’s 37 seats will be up for re-election.

The council is made up of 25 Conservatives, nine Liberal Democrats and three independents.