Tory campaign leaflets sent to wrong area of Portsmouth

BOUNDARY Flick Drummond out canvassing
BOUNDARY Flick Drummond out canvassing
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A Tory election candidate has apologised after political leaflets plugging her campaign were distributed to residents living outside the area she wants to represent in parliament.

Residents in the north part of Powerscourt Road, Portsmouth, were left amused after flyers were posted through their doors supporting Portsmouth South candidate Flick Drummond.

I do apologise, some of our deliverers are probably very enthusiastic in their leafleting and did it by mistake.

Portsmouth South Conservative candidate Flick Drummond

The political boundaries are made up so that the north side of the street comes under the city’s Portsmouth North constituency, whereas the rest falls within Portsmouth South.

John Powell, who lives in Powerscourt Road, said he had wrongly received twice in one week hand-delivered leaflets backing Ms Drummond – and it showed the Conservatives could not organise ‘a booze-up in a brewery’.

But Ms Drummond says it was an easy mistake for her team of volunteers distributing her literature to make given the boundary on the road.

But she apologised and said she would try to ensure it does not happen again.

‘I do apologise, some of our deliverers are probably very enthusiastic in their leafleting and did it by mistake,’ she said.

‘One side of Powerscourt Road is Portsmouth South and the north side is Portsmouth North.

‘So it just means that some of our deliverers have gone down both sides.’

Portsmouth South independent candidate Mike Hancock said: ‘It doesn’t surprise me, the Tories don’t know where the boundary is.’

But Mr Hancock added Lib Dem Portsmouth South candidate Gerald Vernon-Jackson had also been posting in the wrong area. ‘Some of Gerald’s stuff got delivered to my aunt’s place, which is outside the boundary,’ he said.

‘When deliverers don’t really know the area and live outside Portsmouth, they will always make mistakes.’