Sick Conservative poster compares Miliband to stroke victim – Mirror Online


This is the image that should be the last nail in the coffin of the Conservative Party’s election hopes.

But the right-wing media will probably work hard to make sure that most people don’t see it.

According to the Daily Mirror, it was published on Twitter by the Conservative Party’s official account for Campden Ward, in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

As the Mirror pointed out, the image “mocks the Stroke Association‘s Act FAST poster – illustrating each of the charity’s three signs of a stroke, ‘Face, Arms and Speech’, with a picture of Ed Miliband.

“The fourth message then declares T stands for: ‘Time to LOL’.”

It seems bizarre that Tories in a ‘safe’ Conservative constituency would want to shoot their party’s foot off in this way, but the evidence speaks for itself:


The entire Twitter account has since been deleted and the ward’s Facebook page has changed its name to ‘Parks Lnd’.

The Mirror report quotes Labour candidate Carrie Wilson, who wrote: “Utterly disgusted at CampdenWard for taking something as serious as a stroke warning to mock someone.

“It is NEVER okay to use a stroke awareness warning as a joke.”

Hear, hear. Doesn’t this say everything you need to know about the Conservative Party’s attitude to illness and disability? It’s all a big joke to them!

At long last, Conservative policy on sickness benefits is explained.

Is this really an organisation that deserves 280 Parliamentary seats after the general election next week?

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  1. paulmac49 April 30, 2015 at 3:05 am - Reply

    The Tories have sung to a new low, I don’t think you could get much lower it’s despicable.

  2. NMac April 30, 2015 at 5:32 am - Reply

    The Nasty Party show their natural hatred towards sick and disabled people. Just when you think they can’t sink any lower they plumb the depths. However, this smacks of desperation on their part.

    • John Gaines May 5, 2015 at 9:39 am - Reply

      The comments attached here are revealing as to the lack of understanding of those who are the real Tory masters, the City and corporations who, having failed within the ‘Global Markets’ are the biggest ‘Welfare’ scroungers in the history of this Nation; all that the Tory filth are doing is implementing their masters wishes, they are ever the vicious scum who hide behind every Psychopath who wants more and more of everything they can get their sweaty claws into…once upon a time it was simply Land –now it is ‘Taxpayers Money’ to fill the gap left from their failed execess’ and, of course, as a by product, to indulge their psychotic brutality…we will never be rid of this ‘Business’ disease until we rout them out and destroy them.

      “Worse yet, the ensuing debate over the merits of the “free market” versus an activist government has diverted attention from how the market has come to be organized differently from the way it was a half-century ago, why its current organization is failing to deliver the widely shared prosperity it delivered then, and what the basic rules of the market should be. It has allowed America to cling to the meritocratic tautology that individuals are paid what they’re “worth” in the market, without examining the legal and political institutions that define the market. The tautology is easily confused for a moral claim that people deserve what they are paid. Yet this claim has meaning only if the legal and political institutions defining the market are morally justifiable.

      Most fundamentally, the standard explanation for what has happened ignores power. As such, it lures the unsuspecting into thinking nothing can or should be done to alter what people are paid because the market has decreed it.”

  3. hilary772013 April 30, 2015 at 6:05 am - Reply

    As a Stroke Victim myself I am DISGUSTED with this and am going to forward it to the Stroke Association of which I am a member to see if they find it funny…

    • hilary772013 April 30, 2015 at 6:30 am - Reply

      I have just forwarded it to Stroke Association Media Dept, lets see if they find it funny. F.A.S.T saved my life.

      • hilary772013 April 30, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

        I have got the following reply below, from the stroke association & they have issued a statement

        Thank you for your email about the CampdenWard misuse of the FAST message. I appreciate how you feel seeing this, as a stroke survivor whose life has been saved by FAST. It is sad and frustrating when stroke is treated as a laughing matter. We completely agree that there is nothing funny about having a stroke and we issued the following statement about this.

        STATEMENT: the Campden W8 twitter feed misappropriated FAST advertising as part of their political campaigning activity ahead of the 2015 General Election.

        Patrick Olszowski, Head of Campaigns and Policy at the Stroke Association, said: “A stroke is no laughing matter. It kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer, and around 1.2 million people have to live with the devastating consequences of stroke.
        “Thinking FAST saves lives. If a person’s face starts drooping, they can’t lift their arm or they can’t speak, it is time to call 999. A stroke is a serious medical emergency. With the right care and support, as well as compassion from those around them, stroke survivors can and do make fantastic recoveries.”
        It is fantastic to hear of the massive impact of FAST for you.

        Best wishes

        Douglas Youngson
        Stroke Information Service

  4. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl) April 30, 2015 at 6:40 am - Reply

    The Cons are the type that would sell their own grandmother down the river in order to stay in power. They disgust me in every way

  5. M de Mowbray April 30, 2015 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Insulting to those who have suffered strokes, personally insulting to Milliband, and generally insulting to all those whose looks do not match those of TV and fashion stereotypes, and mocking an important health message. Don’t judge a book by its cover, you thick and poisonous Tories!

  6. thomassutcliffe April 30, 2015 at 7:25 am - Reply

    I agree that for anyone to think such a poster was appropriate is utterly despicable, and I am not remotely surprised at the desperate track-covering that is going on. I will be sharing a link to this post, and including the image that is at the heart of it in my own next blog post on

  7. Nikki Williams April 30, 2015 at 8:52 am - Reply

    This is totally disgraceful.

  8. Nick April 30, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

    the government mike don’t like any type of weirdness when speaking to people. anyone with odd speech or face will not be tolerated the same goes for the royal family

  9. Florence April 30, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Shocking. I hope someone takes them to court for hate crimes.

    • annette May 5, 2015 at 7:27 am - Reply

      they did the same type of dirty tactics to Mr Brown when he was in power , its the same with the newspapers some of them make continual personal attacks on peoples physical appearance if you are not a conservative, tv media is as bad as well , shame they are not sued for personal libel.

      • Mike Sivier May 5, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

        What, for exposing the other person to hatred, ridicule or contempt?

  10. Linda Stirling April 30, 2015 at 11:03 am - Reply

    This sort of activity sadly all too typical of the Tories is reprehensible. Perceived “beauty” should be very, very far down the list of what matters for a potential prime minister. The Tories are playing every dirty trick they can in this election, their attempt to demonise and downgrade the legitimate rights of the SNP to take part in democracy being a good example aided and abetted by their mainstream media allies.

    While they taunt Miliband about making any kind of deal with the SNP in a future hung parliament, Cameron and his corrupt colleagues will be all too happy to accept the support of a racist UKIP party along with the sectarian loons from Ulster . This could well be the election where all pretence of democracy and fairness finally goes out the window as more and more people see Westminster politics for what it truly is, sad state of affairs

  11. casalealex April 30, 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Since I first saw this earlier today, I have been posting it in a number of groups on FB. I am happy to say notice is being taken, and there are a lot positive comments being made!

  12. Ali April 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    What a silly poster. Maybe you should report on the defacing of Conservative posters with anti-semetic remarks in Hampstead and Kilburn or (if you look outside London) the Labour candidate in Stockton South getting a convicted paedophile to doctor her Wikipedia page so it made her look whiter than white. Sort of pales in significance…

    • Mike Sivier April 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Somebody defacing a poster isn’t the same as somebody creating one with offensive remarks built in.
      As for the Stockton South allegation – I don’t know anything about this. Can you provide factual evidence?

      • Ali April 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm - Reply

        I’d say it is pretty much the same, apart from a lack of creativity and vandalising property. Easy to look through the logs on Wikipedia and the allegations regarding Andrew Duffell are present on the internet from multiple sources. Banned from teaching for life for sexual activity with a fourteen year old school boy in a field… A simple search isn’t too difficult, I presume?

        • Mike Sivier April 30, 2015 at 5:26 pm - Reply

          It helps if I have a name though. Thanks for providing it.

  13. Margaret young April 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply


  14. imnotasodomite April 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Gives you pathetic lefties something to have a good whinge about. Another chance to act like hyper-sensitive juveniles and eternal victims.

    • Mike Sivier April 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      The Stroke Association disagrees with you in the strongest possible terms. Perhaps you’d like to take it up with that organisation?

    • kathryn barnett May 5, 2015 at 2:39 am - Reply

      You stupid person, I watched my Mum have a massive stroke and then die 12hrs later. There was nothing funny about that!

  15. John Pitt May 1, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    The Conservatives are not wanted in Scotland and if our English friends have got any balls they will bury this twisted bunch of no gooders once and for all. This shows what scum are running our fantastic country, Get them out. Let Nicola have a say, see the difference.

  16. James May 2, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

    This is almost certainly a troll account. Looking at the cache for the page it only had 30 followers, only started posting recently and the official one is which has over 5000 followers.

  17. no May 2, 2015 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Because obviously one person deciding this would be funny to post this on what has been shown to be a fake twitter account must INSTANTLY mean that the ENTIRE TORY PARTY THINKS LIKE THIS AAAGH THE HORROR OH NO.
    Do you really think that David Cameron gave this the personal go ahead?
    You’re all insane and also f***ing stupid.

    • Mike Sivier May 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm - Reply

      You must be a Tory, then.
      Look everyone – this is the kind of person who thinks we’re insane!

  18. Karen May 2, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I’m stunned at the amount of trust that this is legitimate! I’m not a Tory at all, however I can’t believe that they would approve something so low. I think the twitter account was hacked or it’s a fake account. There’s no way that’s an official Tory poster

    • Mike Sivier May 2, 2015 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      Nobody was saying it was an official poster, if by that you mean one that was approved by Lynton Crosby. It was posted from a Conservative Party account, though – that has since been removed. Basically, it seems to have been Conservatives showing a complete lack of regard for other human beings.

  19. Alex May 4, 2015 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Of course Labour would never do something as sinister with an image of David Cameron.

    • Mike Sivier May 4, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      No, Labour wouldn’t. The image you highlight is nothing like as sinister.
      You should know perfectly well that the character Andy Pipkin from Little Britain has no need for a wheelchair, therefore there is no attempt to make William Hague look like a person who is genuinely disabled. If anything, Labour’s image shows a Conservative Party pretending to be something it is not. However, the comparison is poor, as Lou Todd was never aware that Andy was faking.
      The comparison the Telegraph attempted is also inaccurate, however, as Cameron’s son Ivan was indeed genuinely disabled.
      Can you prove that Labour was making a poor-taste comment on Cameron’s relationship with his own son in a poster that is about Cameron’s political affiliation, rather than his family? Of course you can’t.
      To be honest, I can’t prove what I have said either, but the evidence suggests I might be closer to the facts than you.
      The Tory-generated poster attacking Ed Miliband, however, most certainly is in the most extreme poor taste, as it makes a direct comparison between Ed Miliband and a stroke victim in what can only be seen as a deeply offensive insult to a very capable politician.

  20. stevecheneysindieopinions4u May 5, 2015 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Is if REALLY surprising that Tories in a safe seat drop all pretence of being human in public?

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