In a controversial move, a Labour candidate, Darren Rodwell, has come under fire for using gravestones in a cemetery as a means to display his election campaign banner.
The incident took place in Barking, East London, and has sparked anger and criticism from various quarters.
Campaign Banner on Cemetery Gravestones
Photographs captured a roadside election poster featuring Darren Rodwell’s face, with the banner seemingly fixed to headstones in a cemetery behind it.
Darren Rodwell, who currently serves as the head of Barking Council, is running for the position of local Member of Parliament (MP).
Criticism and Backlash
The campaign banner, with its attachment to gravestones, did not sit well with many people. Labour member Matt Lismore expressed his shock and disapproval of the way the banner was put up.
In response, he decided to remove the banner himself, stating that it was unacceptable. He took to social media, writing, “Tone deaf from Darren Rodwell to hang his election banner from people’s gravestones in Barking Abbey.”
Matt Lismore, as a Labour member, criticized Rodwell for the lack of respect he displayed toward both the living and the deceased residents of the borough. This incident, in Matt’s view, represented a new low in the way Rodwell conducted his campaign.
Calls for Action
The controversy did not stop with Matt Lismore’s disapproval. Activist Matthew Goodwin-Freeman, associated with Harrow Conservatives, condemned the act as “disgraceful.” He called for the immediate suspension of Darren Rodwell by the Labour Party.
Darren Rodwell has yet to respond or provide comment on the situation.
The incident has led to increased scrutiny and criticism as it continues to gain attention in the media and public discourse.