Election leaflets delivered to wrong area

Parish council election news.
Parish council election news.

Royal Mail has been criticised for a mix up in which hundreds of leaflets for General Election candidates in the Sleaford area were delivered to the wrong constituency.

Coun Marianne Overton, leader of the Lincolnshire Independents and candidate for the Sleaford and North Hykeham parliamentary seat, said hundreds of leaflets had been wrongly delivered in Folkingham, which is actually in the neighbouring Grantham and Stamford constituency.

Coun Overton said: “It is unfair and uneven to have a postal delivery that is hit and miss when it carries information that is so important for people to exercise their democratic right. How can you have a fair election when people have not had access to the information?”

She said it was a costly operation to have 54,000 leaflets printed then hire a van to take it to a depot at Doncaster. She said the wrongly delivered leaflets meant elsewhere people had gone without.

She urged people to look at her website if they have not received a leaflet.

Royal Mail have now pledged to deliver spare leaflets to the correct addresses missed out.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Grantham and Stamford Harrish Bisnauthsing had seen some of his leaflets delivered to Barrowby outside his boundary too, but several hundred have been reprinted and delivered at Royal Mail’s expense.

A Royal Mail spokesmansaid: “A small number of election materials were delivered in error outside of the constituency boundaries for Lincolnshire Independents’ candidate Marianne Overton (Sleaford and North Hykeham) and Liberal Democrat candidate Harrish Bisnauthsing (Grantham and Stamford). Both issues have now been resolved and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”