An election bungle has seen a North East election hopeful’s campaign message directed at voters 150 miles away.
A billboard urging voters to back Charlotte Haitham Taylor, Conservative parliamentary candidate for North West Durham, on May 7 has been erected in Cleethorpes.
Mrs Haitham Taylor, a fine artist, will take on Labour candidate and former MP Pat Glass for the seat along with Owen Temple, the Liberal Democrat candidate, Bruce Reid, Ukip candidate, and Mark Shilcock standing for the Green Party.
But somehow, her campaign material ended up in Lincolnshire. Mrs Haitham Taylor said the error was made by the media agency responsible for putting up the posters.
“It is deeply regrettable that the media agency have somehow managed to put up one of my election posters 150 miles away from where it should be.
“This has caused undue confusion for voters in Cleethorpes and for this I am very sorry.
“As soon as I was notified I took immediate action to remedy this. I am doing everything within my powers to ensure that the media agency correct their mistakes in a timely fashion.”
The 20ft-long poster on the main road into the seaside town has a giant photo of Conservative candidate Mrs Haitham-Taylor with the banner headline “A new vision for North West Durham”.
It is positioned just feet from a “welcome to Cleethorpes” sign.
Conservative candidate for Cleethorpes, Martin Vickers told the Grimsby Telegraph: “It’s nothing to do with me. They are allocated to a PR company.
“I know nothing about it. It is obviously a mistake.
“It is a national company which organises it. The company which is going around the country has made a mistake.”
Mr Vickers said he would report it to his party’s headquarters.
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 16 Apr 2015