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Sheriff of Gloucester Said Hansdot apologises for false claim in Labour election leaflet

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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Said Hansdot has apologised

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LABOUR councillor Said Hansdot, who is sheriff of Gloucester, has apologised for a false claim in his election leaflet.

The Barton and Tredworth candidate, who is fighting for re-election this Thursday, claimed that he was a trustee of St James City Farm in the leaflet.

But yesterday he said: “My sincere apology for what has happened. I am not a trustee but I have been an active support for a number of years.”

Imran Atcha, from Gymnation, the social enterprise behind the farm, said: “I did notice what the leaflet said and he is not a trustee but Said is an active supporter and a friend of the farm.

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“We work closely with people from the other parties too.”

A spokeswoman for Labour’s Gloucester branch, which wrote the leaflet for Mr Hansdot, said: “It was our mistake, not Said’s.”

Labour's leaflets are published by Jonathan Hoad who acts as an agent for candidates, as well being a candidate himself for the Kingsholm and Wotton ward.

City MP Richard Graham said: “I very much regret this absence from the Labour Party of anyone taking responsibility for what appears in a Labour candidate's literature.

“If a Sheriff of Gloucester can falsify his own credentials in election literature, what is the message for school leavers and others applying for jobs?”

He has called on Gloucester City Council to investigate, adding that ‘our city cannot trust the Labour Party’. He is asking questions about the process Labour goes through when publishing its leaflets and whether candidates see them before they go to print.

A city council spokesman said: “ There are no actions that the Returning Officer can take in respect of the content of campaign material. If someone believes that an offence has been committed then that should be reported to the police.”

Mr Hansdot had a 598 vote majority when he was elected to the city council in 2010. This year he is going up against Catherine Bailey (Trade Unionists and Socialist Against Cuts), David Harber (UKIP), Paul Harries (Liberal Democrats) and Hasan Patel (Conservatives).

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8 comments

  • MarkWallace  |  May 21 2014, 1:45PM

    Old Etonian and former banker, Richard Graham MP has a short memory. He is a member of a party without a mandate that promised "No Top Down reorganisation" of the NHS prior to the 2010 Election. How would he justify such a blatant untruth? The deliberate running down of the best healthcare system in the world is a darn sight more important than a minor error describing Said Hansdot's status.

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  • SELINA30  |  May 21 2014, 12:12PM

    Has Richard Graham ever read his own leaflets? They are like the Garden of Eden Times. Everything is rosy in the garden. Total fiction.

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  • SELINA30  |  May 21 2014, 12:11PM

    Has Richard Graham ever read his own leaflets? They are like the Garden of Eden Times. Everything is rosy in the garden. Total fiction.

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  • Yebow  |  May 21 2014, 9:28AM

    Said is a hard working councillor in our Area , he is honest and listen to us and act fast.

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  • Areaman  |  May 20 2014, 1:28PM

    Wonder how many other claims in Labour leaflets aren't accurate? Slightly suggests the councillor in question might not have read his own leaflet...

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  • Lecorche  |  May 20 2014, 11:47AM

    A non-storm in a teacup!

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  May 20 2014, 11:34AM

    Will Labour also apologise for all the lies in the European election leaflets? "A vote for UKIP is a vote for * Higher taxes for working families; * Huge tax giveaways for the rich, *Charges to see your GP, *Even deeper cuts to public services, *Scrapping your rights as a worker, *Ending the requirement for people on benefits to look for work." All LIES!

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  • citon  |  May 20 2014, 11:31AM

    Although I have no time for the destructive lefties, nor "dave" for that matter, I do despair that they all criticise eath other constantly with vitriolic attacks. If I am going to be called an idiot for voting party "A", why should I be any less of an idiot for voting party "B" just because they think I should. (Not putting that awfully well, hopefully you understand, I'm tired.) ;-)

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  • scruff_top  |  May 20 2014, 11:10AM

    If he wins this week it will not be because he is the best candidate thats for sure.

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