Tory candidate stresses to voters the importance of his marriage.


Found via Tom Harris, this leaflet is crazy. I have received some pretty odd political material through my letter box over the years, but I don’t think I’ve seen anything as bizarre as this.

Has the candidate, Dr Ken Andrew, actually asked Conservative activists to distribute this bollocks?

Will the voters of Carshalton and Wallington be persuaded that the definitely-not-a-bachelor Dr Andrew should represent them in Parliament because he can successfully get himself married?

Will the local Tories be basing future leaflets around other happy but not particularly politically relevant themes? Maybe a leaflet informing voters that Dr Andrew was very satisfied with the socks he received for Christmas? Or perhaps whilst on his honeymoon he should send a postcard to each household in the constituency detailing all his sightseeing adventures?

The cynic in me checked to see whether Carshalton and Wallington’s sitting MP is a gayer. He’s not – Lib Dem MP Tom Brake is married with kids. Jokes about what Lib Dems get up to behind closed doors aside, it would seem that this leaflet probably isn’t a sly electoral ploy designed to emphasise Dr Andrew’s heterosexuality. The bloke simply wants to tell voters about his wedding.

Tom Brake’s majority is 1000. I wonder whether his opponent’s leaflet efforts will make him feel safer.


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