Conservative party ‘high flyer’ Edward Hallam was relieved of his post as Conservative Future National Campaigns Co-ordinator after a foul-mouthed expletive-filled facebook posting about Labour leadership contender Diane Abbott.
Hallam called the MP a “foul, ignorant, conceited c***” saying “She’ll make a great Labour leader.”
“She’s a poisoned well, her policies are hate and bile, and she’s intellectually illiterate with a chip on her shoulder.”
The 25-year-old, Derby-born Hallam, a court shorthand writer and prolific Conservative Future website blogger, featured prominently in the youth wing of the UK Conservative Party, taking a prime spot on the front page of the Conservative Future website until the Party was contacted by the Sunday Mirror and his details were taken down.
But Hallam should have taken his own advice – Speaking as co-editor of The Young Conservative blog in a 2008 interview, a younger and seemingly wiser Hallam told Young Britain’s Foundation – ‘ Training the activists of tomorrow today’:
“My concern with the gossip blogs is that so much of what they publish isn’t backed up supporting evidence – its conjecture and, at times, verges on libel”.
On preparing politicians to face the media he said:
“Take media training, I think it’s crucial to be savvy on camera or around a journalist. But then you look at the recent profile of CF in the Financial Times and it’s apparent some members really ought to have known better. I think if they’d be trained in political technology they’d have thought twice about some of the things they did and said. I was with the journalist who wrote that article for days on end in Crewe, and frankly we got off lightly, when you consider some of the silly things said”.
“We believe the conservative movement is strongest when it’s broad and deep. That means we’ll carry all strands of thought, all conservative opinions, though we may not personally endorse them”.
Way to go!?
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