A would-be MP was left red-faced after apparently parking up on double yellows as she launched her election campaign.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative candidate for Berwick, Northumberland, posed for pictures next to a van bearing a Tory party pre-election advert.
But in a snap taken by a political rival, the van appears to be parked over double yellow lines in the centre of the busy market town of Alnwick.
Mrs Trevelyan has now been reported to the local authority responsible for traffic and parking enforcement.
And Labour opponent for the Berwick seat, Scott Dickinson said:
“I know that Labour on the council have now implemented free parking for towns and now country parks despite opposition from Ms Trevelyan’s Conservative party, but that doesn’t mean she’s able to park her expensive poster van anywhere ignoring the rules that apply to ordinary people.
“She needs to be more careful about where she parks for her photo opportunity and while this must be an embarrassment for her campaign, I’m sure she’ll take it in good grace.”
Mrs Trevelyan had staged a media call outside her party’s Alnwick office last week.
It featured a van bearing a poster carrying the Tories’ campaign slogan “A recovering economy, don’t let Labour wreck it,” designed by international advertising agency network M&C Saatchi.
The van is being taken on a national tour at the outset of the general election campaign.
A Conservative spokesman said:
“We would point out that it was the Conservatives who led the campaign for free parking in Northumberland and just wonder if Scott Dickinson is lining up a new job as a traffic warden for after the election, we would be happy to provide a reference.”
A council spokesman confirmed the authority had been made aware of the incident but said a parking ticket could not be given based on photographic evidence.
“Our civil enforcement officers patrol on and off-street parking across the county.
“In order for enforcement action to be carried out our officers need to observe that a parking contravention is taking place.
“In the case of vehicles parked on double yellow lines an officer must carry out at least two minutes of observation to check if loading or unloading is taking place as this is allowed on a double yellow line.
“If there is no loading or unloading taking place then they will issue a penalty charge notice to the vehicle.”
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 09 Mar 2015