I am writing to you about your prospective parliamentary candidate for Gloucester, Jeremy Hilton, who has been exposed this week for trying to fool voters by drafting a complementary letter about his character and having it signed by another politician.
Newspaper reports suggest Mr Hilton’s public relations staff wrote the letter and then asked a former county council leader to sign the text as his own before submitting to a local newspaper for publication. Mr Hilton’s deception was revealed when he mistakenly sent the letter to a local newspaper.
Mr Hilton is alleged to have written to his council contact: ‘Attached is a draft of a letter for you to send to The Citizen [local newspaper], written by my press officer. If you are OK with it, cut and paste into an email and send to The Citizen.’
The letter drafted stated that Mr Hilton was an individual who ‘tells it as it is’.
Mr Hilton has refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing on this matter. Therefore, I would like to know whether you judge Mr Hilton’s conduct as that befitting a prospective candidate, and whether you condemn this type of specific campaign activity and whether you believe he is really telling it ‘as it is’.
Eric Pickles MP
Conservative Party Chairman
I suspect he might wait some time for a reply. Unless Mr Clegg 'calls it as it is'.