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Local elections 2018: Conservative leaflet blunder leaves Ilford residents confused

PUBLISHED: 12:45 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:57 02 May 2018

Conservative campaign leaflet distributed in Ilford Town ward.

Conservative campaign leaflet distributed in Ilford Town ward.

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Perplexed Ilford residents have received incomplete Conservative campaign leaflets days before May 3’s local elections.

Conservative campaign leaflet distributed in Ilford Town ward. Conservative campaign leaflet distributed in Ilford Town ward.

The leaflets read that “we’re working hard to make ward name/area an even better place to live”.

This is followed by a template list of the party’s achievements in the ward with the dummy text left unchanged.

A Thorold Road resident told the Recorder he came across the leaflet after it was posted through his letter box yesterday evening (May 1).

He said: “First I thought - ‘let me have a look at their policies.’

“And then I thought - ‘oh, they haven’t got many.”

Conservative group leader Paul Canal explained that the leaflets were the result of a “straightforward printing error”.

He said: “They completed the template but, when it was sent to the printer, they didn’t send the right file.

“When they are packaged up, you only see the back of the leaflets, you don’t see the front, and so a number were handed out.”

He added: “The good news is that we’ve now got the two most famous candidates in London.”


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