The most embarrassing election leaflets of 2015
As campaigning steps up another gear, voters are starting to come across election leaflets – and using social media to mock them.
Even the slightest slip-up attracts derision. And some candidates don't appreciate it when their leaflets start attracting attention for the wrong reasons.
— beki adam (@bekiadam1) April 8, 2015
If a little typo like that one gets a leaflet on TV, a major howler like this from Labour couldn't possibly hope to escape criticism.
— Celia Hart (@celiahart) April 8, 2015
Sometimes errors result in rather embarrassing climbdowns…
— Greg Mulholland (@GregMulholland1) April 8, 2015
… and sometimes candidates resort to slightly odd methods to correct them.
— Jennifer Williams (@JenWilliamsMEN) April 8, 2015
But leaflets don't need to contain errors to get noticed. Simply featuring someone who's very much not on your side can be a little unfortunate.
After 5 yrs campaigning against Cons welfare cuts, imagine my surprise to see myself on their election leaflet pic.twitter.com/wkzP6Nlqwl
— BendyGirl (@BendyGirl) March 30, 2015
There's a bit of a theme in this election of candidates studiously failing to publicise who their leader is. Especially if that leader is Nick Clegg.
Nick Clegg denies his Chippenham candidate is embarrassed by Lib Dem brand – not mentioned on leaflet. pic.twitter.com/XkoipHaMO5
— Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) April 8, 2015
Dan Rogerson, another Lib Dem incumbent, goes even further in his literature by barely mentioning his party:
— Justin Bryant (@bathb0y) April 9, 2015
… And it's not just the Lib Dems who are at it, either.
— iestyn lloyd (@yezzer) April 7, 2015
— Esther Beadle (@estherbeadle) April 5, 2015
There have been the usual gripes about factual inaccuracies and scorn for candidates' tactical voting claims, but nothing has quite topped the SNP's suggestion that a Lib Dem MP is retiring – when he very much isn't.
— Hannah Bettsworth (@H_Bettsworth) April 9, 2015
But then the stakes are rather high north of the border, aren't they? Maybe this explains why Labour seems to be working quite so desperately hard to demonstrate they know which part of the country they're in.
— David Lee (@Wee_RedSquirrel) April 6, 2015
For some reason it does appear rather as if it's Labour's leaflets which are getting the most stick. They don't have a monopoly on candidates which aren't particularly photogenic, it's true, but still….
— Swale Photography (@steveocook) April 9, 2015
Ed Miliband's party faces a further problem: their exceptionally clever targeted leafleting campaigning seems to be leaving those left out rather upset.
So labour have posted a leaflet to Andy that arrived today, what about me ?? #Election2015
— Lisa (@CuervoAdsl) April 9, 2015
Not all leaflets are calamitous, though. Some are just plain amusing. The festival of democracy continues.
— Gracie Lou (@GracieLouFT) March 21, 2015
— Stuart Greer (@StuartGreer) March 31, 2015
— Left Outside (@leftoutside) April 8, 2015
— Caiban Butcher (@caibanbutcher) April 7, 2015
— Diane Halford (@nesbit2000) April 7, 2015
Quite reasonably, some people just can't take it any more.
— Steerpike (@MrSteerpike) April 4, 2015