Labour is persisting with a high-risk strategy of class warfare in Crewe & Nantwich in a desperate attempt to avoid losing the by-election and further destabilising Gordon Brown’s troubled leadership.
Labour leaflets distributed over the weekend showed Edward Timpson, the Conservative candidate, standing outside Crewe station with a top hat digitally superimposed on his head. It was later replaced with a second leaflet in which Mr Timpson was silhouetted out amid claims that Labour did not have permission to use the picture of Mr Timpson.
The leaflets come days after a Labour circular showed images of the Conservative candidate’s “mansion” house and a spoof Tory “application form”. The leaflets, which have dismayed some ministers, posed questions such as, “Do you live in a big mansion house?” and, “Do you think regeneration is adding another wing to your mansion?” with large red ticks next to them. The theme is repeated prominently on Labour’s campaign website.
Mr Timpson has also been ambushed by Labour activists in top hats and tails calling themselves the “Tarporley Toffs”, a reference to a genteel Cheshire village associated with country sports near where he lives. His home is 13 miles from Crewe.
Labour are hoping to contrast this with their candidate, Tamsin Dunwoody, the daughter of the former MP, Gwyneth, who they have billed as a “fighter, who’ll stand up for Crewe and Nantwich”.
He may have indeed inherited all sorts of things, money and privilege amongst them.
It\’s also true that he\’s not attempting to inherit a seat in the legislature.
If one were truly vile one might ask Tamsin how the mourning is going.