Tory chairman’s leaflets sent to wrong constituency

by | Jun 25, 2024 | Politics

Hundreds of campaign leaflets for Conservative Party chairman Richard Holden have been sent to the wrong constituency, the BBC has been told. It is understood the literature ended up at homes in a neighbouring Essex seat.The party would not confirm how many had gone astray.But it said such a mistake was not uncommon and was out of their control.As party chairman, Mr Holden oversees national party administration and campaigning.It is understood that some of his “election addresses” ended up in next-door Rayleigh and Wickford rather than the seat he is actually standing in, Basildon and Billericay.An “election address” is where candidates can mail one addressed piece of campaign material to voters’ homes, using free postage.Mr Holden told the BBC he thinks just a “few hundred” leaflets were misdirected but some local party insiders have suggested it is more like thousands.The BBC hasn’t been able to fully establish how the error occurred, with Mr Holden pointing to possible administrative errors by postal services or the local council.Royal Mail said: “The leaflets arrived at the delivery office addressed to households in Wickford and so were delivered accordingly.”Basildon Council said it had not sent any information directly to Royal Mail.Privately some Tories in the area are blaming “data” errors by the party, locally or nationally.It is almost as though CCHQ [Conservative Campaign Headquarters] has decided to “cock up everything” at this election, one told the BBC.CCHQ confirmed some election addresses from Mr Holden went to the wrong houses, without saying how …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nnHundreds of campaign leaflets for Conservative Party chairman Richard Holden have been sent to the wrong constituency, the BBC has been told. It is understood the literature ended up at homes in a neighbouring Essex seat.The party would not confirm how many had gone astray.But it said such a mistake was not uncommon and was out of their control.As party chairman, Mr Holden oversees national party administration and campaigning.It is understood that some of his “election addresses” ended up in next-door Rayleigh and Wickford rather than the seat he is actually standing in, Basildon and Billericay.An “election address” is where candidates can mail one addressed piece of campaign material to voters’ homes, using free postage.Mr Holden told the BBC he thinks just a “few hundred” leaflets were misdirected but some local party insiders have suggested it is more like thousands.The BBC hasn’t been able to fully establish how the error occurred, with Mr Holden pointing to possible administrative errors by postal services or the local council.Royal Mail said: “The leaflets arrived at the delivery office addressed to households in Wickford and so were delivered accordingly.”Basildon Council said it had not sent any information directly to Royal Mail.Privately some Tories in the area are blaming “data” errors by the party, locally or nationally.It is almost as though CCHQ [Conservative Campaign Headquarters] has decided to “cock up everything” at this election, one told the BBC.CCHQ confirmed some election addresses from Mr Holden went to the wrong houses, without saying how …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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