Liberal Democrat 'Newspaper' criticised as misleading

PUBLISHED: 08:15 14 December 2009 | UPDATED: 07:28 30 May 2010

THE Liberal Democrats have released a newspaper in Great Dunmow in a bid to win more voters ahead of an election which will be called in the New Year. The Dunmow & District Gazette hit doormats last week and highlights the so-called failings of L

THE Liberal Democrats have released a 'newspaper' in Great Dunmow in a bid to win more voters ahead of an election which will be called in the New Year.

The Dunmow & District Gazette hit doormats last week and highlights the so-called failings of Labour and Conservative councillors and MPs and describes in a number of articles how the Lib Dems could be doing a better job

However, many residents have claimed that they feel mislead by the newspaper because they thought it was a real one.

The Lib Dem candidate for next year's election is Peter Wilcock. He disagrees that the party mislead anyone and said that any feedback, positive or negative, is welcome.

He added: "We have produced a number of these papers in the past three of four years - just as we do leaflets and other reading material. In total, four editions have gone out in north Chelmsford, Great Dunmow, Saffron Walden and Stansted.

"We try and localise things as much as possible and release editions when we have gathered news from around the county.

"We welcome any feedback from the public, whether positive or negative, because it helps us to understand what is going on in the area - allowing us to make good policies."

However, Uttlesford's Conservative MP, Sir Alan Haselhurt, condemned the move as "pure political propaganda" and said that the conservatives would never produce a newspaper because it may mislead the public. "We will always stick with simple newsletters," he said.

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