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Gordon Henderson slams ‘scum’ for defacing his campaign posters as he ramps up bid to defend Sittingbourne and Sheppey seat

PUBLISHED: 10:30 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:30 15 May 2017

Gordon Henderson

Gordon Henderson

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The Conservative did however suggest he had faced harsher abuse growing up on a Chatham council estate and was once called a “socialist”

A Conservative parliamentary candidate has slammed “scum” who scrawled obscenities on his campaign posters.

Gordon Henderson, who is looking to defend his seat in Sittingbourne and Sheppey in the general election next month, took to social media to hit out at the vandals who defaced the material over the weekend.

In a 400-word rant on Facebook, Mr Henderson said he was more concerned with the distress the graffiti was having on young children in the area than himself, suggesting he had faced harsher abuse while growing up on a Chatham council estate, and was once called a “socialist”.

The Tory, who coasted to victory in Swale in 2015 with almost 50 per cent of the vote, said he would be putting up new posters throughout the area over the coming week.

“For those who do not know, somebody has defaced a number of my posters with an obscenity,” he said.

“Although it is unlikely that person will be reading this post, since he, or she, appears only to be able to think in words of four letters or shorter, I would like to make the following points (just in case they have somebody who can explain the longer words to them).

“Whoever you are you probably think you were being clever abusing me in the way you did, however, you simply demonstrated that you are an imbecile and you do not understand the concept of democracy, which attributes are probably interconnected.

“You probably thought you would upset me calling me a See You Next Tuesday, but you are wrong.

“I grew up on one of the toughest council estates in Chatham and have been called far worst names. In fact somebody once called me a socialist. Shock horror!”

Mr Henderson said the vandals had caused “distress and upset to perfectly innocent people” and revealed he had received a number of emails from constituents who saw the posters while stuck in traffic on the Lower Road on Sheppey.

“You were responsible for that distress. I hope you feel proud of yourself,” he added.

“I have no idea which political party you support, but whichever party it is, I am sure its local candidate is ashamed they represent scum like you and will make public their disgust at your actions by liking this post.

“I have received emails asking what can be done to deal with the perpetrator of this mindless act.

“The legal answer is that defacing an election poster is a criminal act that could result in a prison sentence.

“However, the practical answer is that it is probably impossible to detect the simpleton who is responsible.

“The truth, of course, is that such tactics are the last resort of the bullies and the thugs who cannot get their way through democratic means.

“So the way to defeat them is to refuse to give in to their intimidation.

“I will be putting up new posters and will continue to do so no matter how many are defaced.

“If you want to help me, please offer to put up one of my posters in your garden.

“The more posters we erect, the more difficult it will be for the idiots to deface them.

“Together we can defeat these mindless anti-democrats.”

Mr Henderson will compete for votes on June 8 against Mark Lindop of the Green Party, Keith Nevols of the Liberal Democrats, Labour’s Mike Rolfe, Mad Mike Young of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and independent candidates Mike Baldock and Lee McCall.

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