A complaint has been submitted to Wrexham council following the distribution of the latest Communities First newsletter across the Caia Park and Hightown areas of Wrexham. The publication, which includes the logo's of the Welsh Government and Wrexham council, features no less than 5 pictures of former Wrexham Labour MP Ian Lucas, including 2 on the front page.
An official complaint has been made to Wrexham council who manage Communities First locally. The council’s legal officer Trefor Coxon has confirmed that the matter is now being investigated and that the council have instructed Communities First to stop delivering the newsletter with immediate effect whilst this investigation takes place.
Carrie Harper, Plaid Cymru Parliamentary candidate for Wrexham said:
" With just 3 weeks to the General Election, we are currently in a pre election period. Local authorities have a legal obligation not to publish any material which appears to support a political party, people identified with a political party or that could influence voters in any way.
"Communities First is publicly funded and is managed by Wrexham council. The leaflet in question contains numerous pictures of Ian Lucas, two on the front page, with even more inside. There are also additional pictures featuring Mr Lucas's wife and Labour county councillors. At first glance I thought it was a Labour party leaflet, the newsletter is intended to go out to thousands of local people in the Caia Park and Hightown area."
"This perceived bias towards the Labour party from Communities First is clearly inappropriate generally but especially during the election period."