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Conservati­ve candidates across the UK appear to be keen to distance themselves from the PM ahead of local elections. Some candidates insisted they were ‘local Conservati­ves’; others disguised their leaflets in green. But Hartlepool’s James Brewer went a step further, asking voters in his campaign literature, “please don’t punish local Conservati­ves for the mistakes made in Westminste­r”. Whollyrude would have thought, given the procliviti­es of one now-former Tory MP caught googling ‘Dominator’, some of them quite like to be punished.

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