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Questions asked over Tory 'PR stunt'

April 6, 2017 5:20 PM

Political parties and candidates are not supposed to use Wiltshire Council facilities for propaganda purposes in the run-up to an election, in the period known as 'purdah'. Wiltshire Times readers may have seen a story about a government minister, in collusion with council leader Jane Scott, apparently using County Hall for just such a purpose.

An opposition councillor has asked the council's solicitor if this is within the rules or not, and if any officer time was spent on the event.

According to WT, "The Communities Secretary said the Conservatives had to balance the books as he visited County Hall, in Trowbridge, to launch the Tories' election campaign for Wiltshire Council on May 4."

Lib Dem leader Glenis Ansell said, "It is unacceptable for the Tory administration to entertain a Cabinet Minister at County Hall during 'Purdah' when he is clearly rallying the party."