attacks leaflet 'abuse'
priest’s leaflet campaign about Oxford West and Abingdon candidate
Evan Harris has been condemned by the politician as an ‘inaccurate
personal attack’. About
10,000 leaflets have been distributed which make claims about Dr Harris’s
stance on abortion and euthanasia and his views on religion.
Dr Harris, Liberal Democrat MP for the area since 1997, said the material
was based on a distorted view of his voting record and contained personal
abuse. He spoke out as it emerged the leaflet’s author, Lynda Rose,
had complained to police after receiving abusive phone calls following the
distribution of the A4 sheets.
claims Dr Harris promotes liberalising the law on abortion and embryo research
and claims he is ‘one of the most out-spoken secularists in Parliament’.
The leaflet also
claims he has been reported as having the nickname ‘Dr Death’
told the Oxford Mail: “It is a pity that, instead of putting up a
candidate to contest the election, an anonymous group, using money from
no-one knows where, is distributing an inaccurate personal attack leaflet
in this constituency for the first time ever.
is offensive and I would say profoundly unchristian to use the term Dr Death
– associated with Nazi murderer Joseph Mengele or mass-murderer Harold
Shipman – to describe any politician.” Dr Harris refuted claims
made on the leaflets concerning his stance on abortion and euthanasia. He
said: “I am proud of my record of speaking out on medical ethical
issues and of course no candidate will agree with everyone on some of these
divisive issues but I have always been prepared to debate the issue with
Rose, who is not a parish based priest, says she leads a group of residents
who are concerned by the Dr Harris’s views on the issues.
the leaflet was not produced on behalf of a formal or political group.
“It is completely independent, entirely on the part of concerned residents.
It is a purely factual leaflet and it has been extensively checked out.
It’s letting people have the full facts.”
reaction to the material had been mixed and she had received threatening
phone calls that she reported to the police.
“When people start screaming abuse at you and threaten to put things
through your letterbox it is very upsetting.
few people have been very pleased. They have said thank you for spelling
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