Well, I wonder how Cameron feels about his Perth & North Perthshire candidate 'making up' a list of his own of local businesses claiming to support the very same policy?
The Courier have the full story.
Despite The Courier having contacted quite a few of those listed on Peter Lyburn's and the majority not being happy about being included, Peter Lyburn was then quoted responding to The Courier;
Mr Lyburn responded, “The Conservatives have been very clear in press releases and interviews that we welcomed support from businesses for our economic plans. Every business person on that list supports Conservative plans to scrap Labour’s jobs tax.”This quote just shows how completely arrogant the Conservatives are being about this.
Their candidate has made a major mistake and not only misled these Perth businessmen by not telling them explicitly their names would be given to the media, potentially damaging their local reuptation but this then misleads the public who quite rightly will assume these people knew.
The President of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, Paul Shields, a local hotelier, said;
“I’m disappointed that I’ve been misquoted and disappointed that I’ve been used for political games.”
I think Peter Lyburn needs to think about his political career, nominations close tomorrow!
Caron's musings carries a very good part two to this story, here is a little snippet;
Anyway, here are Mr Lyburn's pledges to the people of Perth....It looks like the Scottish Conservatives, with just one MP in Scotland won't be making a breathrough in Perth & North Perthshire. So, that 'list' of eleven target seats is now down to ten then Dave?
Pledge 1 "To show by our actions that politics need not be a dirty game"
Pledge 2 "Not to mislead the public"
Pledge 5 "To fight a clean, honest and positive campaign."