THIS WEEK IN 1995: Tory candidate age jibe provokes fury

Retired Gosport schoolteacher Audrey Ellis never imagined her age would become an issue when she announced she would stand as a Conservative in the local council elections.

Sunday, 30th April 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:49 pm
Conservative candidate Audrey Ellis tears up a Liberal Democrat election leaflet

But a leaflet from the town’s ruling Liberal Democrats sparked a furious row for which she won a public apology.

Under the heading ‘Three things to remember’, it included the statement: ‘The Conservative candidate is in her late 80s.’

Mrs Ellis – 74 – said the Lib Dem statement was ‘a prime example of ageism.’

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The Leesland Focus letter was published by party leader Peter Chegwyn.

After the Tories threatened to seek legal action unless an apology and retraction were made, Cllr Chegwyn said: ‘We will happily publish a correction and an apology.’