Would-be Leeds MP sorry in leaflet spat

Labour's Alex Sobel, left, has fallen foul of and Lib Dem rival Greg Mulholland.
Labour's Alex Sobel, left, has fallen foul of and Lib Dem rival Greg Mulholland.
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A general Election hopeful in Leeds has apologised publicly after a leaflet gaffe saw him wrongly claim the backing of a charity director.

The campaign for Alex Sobel, who is contesting the Leeds North West seat for Labour, was forced to backtrack when it emerged that a supportive quote claimed to be from Kidz in Kampz was untrue.

Party organisers have apologised for the error but the Lib Dem candidate for Leeds North West, Greg Mulholland, accused his rival of “disgraceful” behaviour.

A statement on Mr Sobel’s web page, issued on behalf of the Labour party, says: “In a recent Labour Party election communication, under the heading ‘Why we are backing Alex Sobel’, we included a statement purporting to come from Madge Davey of Kidz in Kampz.”

The statement added: “We wish to make clear that the statement was in error and that Madge Davey had nothing to do with either the wording or the inclusion of the paragraph.

“Kidz in Kampz is a charity and does not support any political party. We apologise for the confusion caused, which is entirely our fault.”

Mr Mulholland said: “This disgraceful behaviour could have put fantastic local charity Kidz in Kampz at risk due to the breach of charity rules, which is just appalling.”

He claimed in a press release that the error “could be a breach of electoral law” and said he had now made complaints to several key authorities.

A spokesperson for Leeds North West Labour Party said: “We have apologised for our error. With two weeks to go until the most important election in a generation, people in Leeds North West want to be hearing from candidates how they will stand up for our area, protect our NHS and tackle the cost of living crisis.”