Personally speaking I will be angry if I see any children, elderly or disabled people being cynically used as propaganda photo opportunities, especially as many have suffered as a direct result of Tory policies.
3. When the last lot of manifesto went out, for the County Council elections, there was not enough time before the County Council elections for local people to ask questions or challenge the claims/ promises.
Ann Naylor, I remember, sought refuge from my questioning of her wildly exaggerated manifesto claims re her work / support for the vulnerable in Essex, under the highly convenient shield of "pre-election purdah". She could say what she liked and not be challenged by the public that she had foisted her PR upon.
4. Re use of local press for election purposes - are there any rules on this? Again rewritten content of press releases, columns etc and re photos?
Again, if any Tory councillor cynically uses the elderly, children or the disabled, people who may not be in a position to give their consent, the councillor should have to say exactly and factually what they have personally done to help or support the people they are pictured with to gain sympathy, and suggest they care, when the opposite is true.
We do not want any more cynical, manipulative, exploitative and completely empty PR photo opps in Brentwood.
5. What other rules exist re the conduct of local elections? Do any exist to support fairness, truth and democracy?