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A Conservative candidate has blasted one of his rival for “appalling” personal remarks made about him on campaign literature.
A leaflet sent out by the Liberal Democrats backing their candidate Paul Ray sought to outline why he would be better than the area’s long-standing MP Michael Fabricant.
In it, the party said:
“Being an MP is a serious job. Michael Fabricant has become daft, rude and a caricature.
“Lichfield and Burntwood deserve so much better. The time has come for a change.”Liberal Democrat election leaflet
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But Mr Fabricant took to social media to criticise the approach of the rival party:
“The abusive remarks made about me personally in the Lib Dem candidate’s election address are appalling.
“This has never happened before and I am pleased that the other candidates have not sunk to this new low.
“I know people in the Lichfield constituency won’t like this.”Michael Fabricant
Mr Fabricant said that while he accepted challenges would be made to his views, personal attacks were below the belt.
“While it is perfectly legitimate to criticise the policies of other parties, it smacks of desperation when candidates criticise each other in their election literature.
“The polls will reveal whether this new low is appreciated in the constituency.”Michael Fabricant