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True to type: Postal voters have complained that they have received a ‘begging letter’ from Boris Johnson, full of false or disputed claims.

Postal voters in marginal constituencies have been infuriated after they received a “begging letter” from the Conservatives with their ballot packs.

It is illegal to send out such material in postal ballot packs – they must only contain a ballot paper, postal voting statement and instructions.

It would seem to This Writer that the Tories have simply struck lucky in the timing of their appeal to postal voters, as political parties often time the delivery of their leaflets to arrive concurrently.

But it is disturbing that this phenomenon – a letter from Boris Johnson – seems to have been restricted to voters in marginal constituencies.

The letter itself is riddled with claims that have either been proved inaccurate or have been called into question.

It promises better hospitals – but the Tory funding promise only provides for repairs to six hospitals, not the building of 40 new hospitals as Mr Johnson has claimed.

It promises an extra 20,000 police officers – but with natural wastage (retirements and resignations) these will not even cover the losses of the 21,000 police that the Tories have removed.

It promises to increase funding for schools to £5,000 per secondary pupil and £4,000 per primary pupil – but in fact only 18 constituencies will receive this, 13 of which were held by Tories before the general election. Most will suffer a loss.

So people would be more justified in complaining that the begging letter they have received from the Tories is full of falsehoods.

Source: Fury as postal votes arrive with Tory ‘begging letter’ signed by Boris Johnson – Mirror Online

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