Over the weekend, I stumbled across a copy of the latest edition of the Irlam & Cadishead Community Newsletter. On the back page are contact details for all 6 local Councillors (fine) and the local MP Ian Stewart, who has of course been deselected by Labour activists. All fine so far. There’s also contact details for an MEP, and this is where things go a little wrong. You see, like all residents in the North West the good folk of Irlam & Cadishead have 9 MEPs of varying political hues to represent them in the European Parliament. You wouldn’t know that by reading the Irlam & Cadishead Community Newsletter though, because it only lists one Labour MEP.
Why is a Council-funded publication referring to one particular (Labour) MEP and makes no reference to the other eight? To compound the error, garytitley.com is not a European Parliamentary website but is a Labour campaign site. It is the equivalent of linking to salfordconservatives.com. Ludicrous.
Is it any wonder that opposition Councillors worry about propaganda in Council-funded publications? How long have our Community Newsletters been referring to a Labour MEP only?