Mark Pritchard: Should he be put up against a wall?

The list is growing longer by the hour.

Already we have had the scandal of Peter Cuthbertson’s opinions on rape – and the scandal of Theresa May’s defence of him. Craig Mackinlay is being charged with offences in relation to his expenses in the 2015 general election.

There was a moment when we believed a Tory Twitter feed claiming to be for Lincolnshire was insulting the poor as dangerous junkies who spend all their money (what money?) on drugs, alcohol and gambling – only to have that story pulled out from under us with a claim that it was fake.

Well, now we have more evidence that Conservatives – and especially Conservative Parliamentary candidates – really do feel that way because Mark Pritchard, Tory candidate for the Wrekin in Shropshire, walked out of a hustings after causing outrage with comments about food bank users owning 58-inch TVs.

Here’s the Daily Mirror‘s version of events:

Locals said the Wrekin MP had made inflammatory comments about people using food banks having ’58 inch TVs’ and ‘smoking £10 packs of cigarettes’, which sparked fury from the room.

Mr Pritchard was filmed berating his constituents, telling them “some of you have let yourselves down tonight”, which prompted the audience to slow clap him until he left.

According to several people who attended the debate, hosted by Telford Trades Union Congress, Mr Pritchard was answering a question on Tory cuts to disability benefits from a member of the audience when he made the comments.

The Skwawkbox has coverage of the event, and a video of Mr Pritchard leaving, although many of his comments are indistinct:

And ‘Loathsome’ Lucy Allan, Tory MP for Telford, did not attend the hustings on Thursday evening (June 1), claiming she had not been invited. This was very quickly revealed to be a lie:

[Image: Skwawkbox.]

It seems the Conservatives are showing us their ugliest faces – and in the last few days of the election campaign, so we’ll have them in mind when we go to vote.

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