The government has been accused of using public funds to target voters in key general election constituencies with Facebook ads.
The ads say: “the Government is investing up to £25m” in the town where the message appears on Facebook feeds.
They went live on Tuesday – the same day Boris Johnson secured support for an early general election.
Labour MP Ian Lucas called it an “outrageous” misuse of public funds, according to The Huffington Post.
The seventeen adverts are part of the government’s “MyTown” campaign on Facebook.
Several of the towns, such as Northampton, Milton Keynes and Mansfield, are home to constituencies that will be key battlegrounds in the general election, with majorities of