Earlier this month the Labour party were accused of not including pictures of Ed Miliband on campaign literature out of fear that the mere image of their party leader could scare off voters.
Now Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy appears to have gone one step further and simply not mentioned Labour at all. Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, claims that campaign leaflets for Murphy fail to mention the Labour party once:
— Ruth Davidson MSP (@RuthDavidsonMSP) March 29, 2015
With recent polling by Lord Ashcroft predicting that Murphy will hold on to his East Renfrewshire seat by just one per cent, Mr S can understand why Murphy could be tempted to not remind his constituents of his lagging party. Labour’s popularity is at a low in Scotland following the referendum, with the SNP predicted to win 35 of the 41 seats Labour won in 2010.
Murphy can at least take some comfort that he is not the only MP to forget to mention their party on campaign literature. The Daily Record reports that the Scottish Conservative MP David Mundell has failed to say that he is a Tory on his campaign leaflets, leading one constituent to call the pamphlet ‘devious and disrespectful’. What ever will Ruth say?