Wells Street Journal: Honesty not the best policy

There are many things that can scupper an election campaign. An off-guard comment criticising constituents, revelations of an extramarital affair, police investigations – all come high up on the list.

Less common, though no less damaging, is when a candidate heaps praise on their opponent.

But that is what Partnership director of corporate affairs Jim Boyd did in his ill-fated 2001 fight for Sunderland South.

The jovial policy lead was trying to unseat Chris Mullins but was overwhelmed by his own admiration of the long-standing Labour MP, who famously led the campaign to release the Birmingham Six. In an interview with a local newspaper ahead of polling day, Boyd – who worked for Consolidated Communications at the time – was a little too deferential in conveying his respects for one of his political heroes and subsequently lost by a landslide.

Though, to be fair, he did manage to nab a few votes in a Labour stronghold, returning a 1.2 per cent swing to the Tories. Advice for 2015 candidates – honesty can only get you so far.

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