Don’t Punish Us’: Tory candidates brand themselves ‘Local Conservatives’ to escape Partygate


Candidates for the Tory council election describe themselves as “native”. conservative‘ and ask voters not to ‘punish’ them for it. party gate Scandal.

The extraordinary attempts by some candidates to distance themselves from it Boris Johnsons problems are revealed in ballot papers for Thursday’s state elections.

They read: “This Thursday please do not punish local Conservatives for the mistakes made at Westminster. We are local and proud of where we live and like you we want what is best for Hartlepool.”

At least two candidates in the flagship ‘red wall‘ Town have put the same message on their leaflets – and there are reports of similar tactics being used by some Tories in London.

Meanwhile, a cabinet minister has hinted that the prime minister may have to fall on his sword if it becomes clear he has lost the support of his own MPs ahead of Friday’s crucial results.

Two weeks ago, Mr Johnson was forced into it abandon an attempt to block a disregard request whether he lied to Parliament about the Downing Street lockdown parties.

George EusticeEnvironment Minister, said: “All Prime Ministers will always be very aware of the mood in their group because no government can achieve anything without the support of the entire group.

“Of course the Prime Minister will think about these things.”

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Bobby Allyn

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