Conservatives retract LibDem sixth form slur on eve of Meadowbank by-election

Polling Station SignBradley Stoke Conservatives have made an embarrassing public retraction of a statement made in a recent election campaign leaflet. The apology, made in a leaflet delivered to homes in the Meadowbank parish ward yesterday evening, concerns an accusation that Liberal Democrat candidate Jon Williams had “attempted to oppose” plans for a sixth form at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Mr Williams previously told The Journal that the claim was “absolutely ridiculous” and is understood to have taken legal advice on the matter. He says he has always supported the need for a sixth form and did so “from before the school was even built.”

Yesterday’s Conservative leaflet says:

Councillor Williams has asked the local Conservatives to correct the statement and we accept what he says is true.

We would therefore like to retract this statement as Councillor Williams did not oppose this.

Voting in the by-election takes place today, from 7am to 10pm, at the Church of Christ the King, Mautravers Close (off Brook Way) [map].

The main streets in the Meadowbank parish ward are Brook Way, Kemperleye Way and Hawkins Crescent – the detailed ward boundary can be seen in The Journal’s interactive map of the parish wards in Bradley Stoke.

Candidate statements and campaign leaflets can be viewed on The Journal’s Meadowbank By-election page.

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