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Major parties show major panic with fake UKIP leaflets

The Conservative and Labour parties have both disseminated literature strikingly similar to UKIP logos and colours, if not exactly the same

by The Commentator on 30 April 2013 20:41

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Britain's two major political parties have entered into yet another stage of dirty tricks campaigning in producing and delivering what appear to be fake or disingenuous "UKIP leaflets" around the country.

The Labour Party, which has previously been thought to be less affected by UKIP gains, has joined in after this weekend's revelations that Conservative Party HQ (CCHQ) was briefing journalists on the background of UKIP candidates using their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Labour's candidate in the South Shields by-election has begun to distribute leaflets in UKIP's trademark purple and yellow colours, replete with a mocked up logo that reads, "Are UKID ding?" (Are you kidding) before going on to attack the local UKIP candidate as "a career politician" and "worse than the Tories".

Though Emma Lewell-Buck claims that her UKIP opponent is a career politician, Richard Elvin has never been elected to any position, whereas Lewell-Buck has been a Labour councillor for the past eight years, since she was just 26 years old.

In Barrow, Lancashire, Conservative campaigners have been seen to be distributing election material that uses the UKIP logo, name and an image of the party's leader Nigel Farage. The headline on the election leaflet reads, "An Apology. We Got It Wrong".

Voters may be confused as to why UKIP is putting out self-defeating campaiging literature when in fact the distributor is the local Conservative Party. The leaflets, as per election law, carry an 'imprint' on the reverse side which reads, "Promoted by Tina Macur on behalf of the Conservative Party..."

Macur is a local Conservative councillor in Barrow whose address details match those of the imprint on the election leaflet. When quizzed, Conservative party sources were unable to provide further information as to the origins of the material, though it is strongly suspected by many that the documents have not received central party approval.

A UKIP spokesperson told The Commentator, "These flyers may well interest the Electoral Commission [Britain's election regulator] but more than anything you can just smell the fear."

Britain's bookmakers and political experts have recently remarked upon the likelihood over major UKIP gains in the local elections on Thursday, which coincide with the South Shield by-election following the resignation of David Miliband, brother of Labour leader Ed. 

UKIP is expected to pick up between 40 and 50 seats in the local council elections and come a close second to Labour in South Shields. 

The latest leaflets follow on from a Conservative strategy of using UKIP colours in the Eastleigh by-election, where Tory candidate Maria Hutchings was outperformed by UKIP by nearly 1000 votes.

Recent evidence has also shown that UKIP is stealing votes from the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats, causing all major parties to panic over the rise of Nigel Farage's eurosceptics.

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