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Lib Dems File Police Complaint over Lobby Group’s Manston Airport Leaflet

May 6, 2015 8:53 PM

The East Kent Coast Liberal Democrats have tonight lodged a police complaint under Section 106 of the Representation of the Peoples' Act 1983 regarding the last-minute distribution of leaflets by the lobbying group 'Save Manston Airport Association (SMA)' misrepresenting the position of the Liberal Democrats regarding the re-opening of Manston Airport.

"According to Dr. Beau Webber, Chairman of SMA, as many as 90,000 leaflets have been distributed to 23 wards in Thanet," explained the Chair of the East Kent Coast Liberal Democrats, Lynne O'Donoghue. "Our candidates have no record of having been contacted by this group," she continued. "Nevertheless, in most cases, they have been classified as Neutral/Undecided/Indifferent."

"It is a well-known fact - documented by press releases, election leaflets and stated at parliamentary hustings - that the Liberal Democrats have been consistently united and vociferous in their support for the re-opening of Manston Airport," she added.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidates, George Cunningham and Russ Timpson, for North and South Thanet respectively, added: "We have been working with SMA and other groups supporting the re-opening of the airport ever since its closure was announced over a year ago. We have been making supportive public statements at all their meetings. Now, out of the blue, SMA is interfering in the political process. This action has destroyed the credibility of SMA and is ultimately highly damaging to our campaign to save the Airport."

"It is outrageous that, on the eve of one of the most sensitive elections in recent times, a lobbying group would seek to misrepresent the view of Lib Dem District Council candidates," O'Donoghue concludes.