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A TORY candidate putting up large campaign posters at a former army training camp has caused anger.

Caroline Dinenage, who is vying to retain her Gosport seat for the Conservatives next month, has put up posters at Browndown in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Ms Dinenage confirmed that the section where the posters are is privately owned and is no longer owned by the Ministry of Defence.

But some drivers were angered as they said there are still signs up nearby saying ‘keep out. MoD property’.

Julie Westerby, 58, of Sydney Road, Gosport, said: ‘I was disgusted to see them on what I assumed was still MoD land. There are still signs up saying “private, keep out, MoD”.

‘It’s so in your face. They have got them plastered on one of the Nissen huts. It’s really over the top when you are driving down the road.’

Clive Nicholson, a consultant quantity surveyor, of Walton Court, Fareham, said: ‘It’s very much in your face as you drive down the road.

‘It seems way over the top and taking advantage of her position as it is currently.

‘Most people put signs up in the front of their houses to support candidates.’

Ms Dinenage said the land was privately owned.

She told The News: ‘I have had only positive comments about it.

‘So many people have texted and emailed me to say they really like them and in some cases it’s prompted them to get in touch with things about the community. It’s been uniquely positive.’

She said some people had asked if they can put some posters up in their gardens.

Ms Dinenage added: ‘I think the people who do not like it are my political opponents.’

It comes as a similar storm has erupted in Portsmouth after placards backing Lib Dem hopeful Gerald Vernon-Jackson were put up on the former Labour Party club, in Coburg Street.

Critics said it lacked respect as the building was built by Labour members many years ago. But Cllr Vernon-Jackson argued he got permission from the owner and chose the site because of its prominence.