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One-third of Welsh Tory MPs fail to mention which party they belong to in their social media profiles

04 Apr 2023 4 minute read
Alun Cairns, Simon Baynes, Craig Williams and Jamie Wallis – Images by Richard Townshend

One third of Welsh Conservative MPs fail to mention which party they belong to in their social media profiles and some are sending leaflets to constituents with no Tory logo or signature blue colour.

Of Wales’ 14 Tory MPs, 4 fail to disclose which party they belong to with many not even displaying any Conservative royal blue colours or logos in their profile images.

8 Welsh Tory MPs own up to being Conservative and 2 MPs are not active on social media – this includes disgraced MP Rob Roberts who refused to resign after acting inappropriately with a male member of staff.

Welsh Conservative MPs failing to mention they’re Conservative in their Twitter bios

Survey letters

Simon Baynes for Clwyd south, Jamie Wallis for Bridgend and Porthcawl and Craig Williams for Montgomeryshire all fail to disclose what party they work for in their Twitter profiles.

David TC Davies does mention he belongs to the Conservative Party in his Twitter bio but some of his constituents in Monmouth have received survey letters with no Conservative logo or signature blue colour and no mention of the party Davies belongs to.

Survey letter sent to David TC Davies’s constituents

Leaflets

Former Secretary of State for Wales and Vale of Glamorgan MP, Alun Cairns also does not make any mention of the fact he is a Tory MP in his Twitter bio.

This week, Carol Vorderman has been encouraging her followers to call out “blues pretending to be greens” on social media after she noticed a number of Tory MPs and councillors on Twitter no longer mention which party they work for.

The former Countdown presenter was inundated with screen grabs of Twitter bios and images of leaflets with bold green branding sent out by serving Conservative MPs.

Former Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, Lee Anderson MP was called out for not including which party he works for in his social media profile.

In the thread posted by Vorderman he replied: “Think you need to check my bio again. Oh and whilst your at it act your age.”

Vorderman responded by pointing out the MP had changed his bio shortly after he was called out and posted before and after screen grabs.

The TV host then pointed out to Anderson: “It’s ‘you’re’ not ‘your'”.

Three former prime ministers make no mention of being Conservative and Dominic Raab has been criticised for his green campaign material.

Criticism 

The Tory Party were criticised earlier this year for sending out green coloured campaign material that could “mislead” the public as it looked similar to Green Party campaign material.

Liz Truss, Boris Johnson and Theresa May all fail to mention they were former Conservative prime ministers and former Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab has been criticised for sending out campaign material to his constituents that failed to highlight the fact he was a Conservative MP.

Nation.Cymru made contact with Welsh Conservative MPs, Alun Cairns, Craig Williams, Jamie Wallis and Simon Baynes and asked why they don’t mention the party they work for in their Twitter bios and whether withholding the information was misleading to the public.

Nation.Cymru did not receive a response from any of the four.

Simon Baynes changed his Twitter bio to include “Conservative” shortly after the publication of this article.

Simon Baynes updated his Twitter bio after the publication of this article

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Mawkernewek
10 months ago

Alan Cairns mentioning that the channel formerly known as Russia Today, does not necessarily align with his views.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
10 months ago

You can tell a Tory just by looking at them they look like a SNAKE WITH A SMARMY SMILE AND WHEN THEY SPEAK YOU CAN SEE THE FORKED TONGUE

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
10 months ago

The Sheriff of Westminsterham soldiers disguised as little green men infiltrate the Miles and James Green Man Fringe Festival where green man plaques mingle with the remake of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’. Sunak & Braverman bring you their latest musical rope trick ‘Tories in Khaki’ touring MOD pop-up refugee camps among Dorset’s green and pleasant tank ranges. If you can turn a thumb screw or wind a rack Braverman has the job for you. I wonder what Jenrick thinks is the least a human being can survive on… What was he doing to earn a crust as a corporate… Read more »

Doctor Trousers
10 months ago

I’m getting a sense of déjà-vu here: “THE Scottish Greens have warned voters that far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists are standing at the election masquerading as “greens”. These include Trump-supporting Alistair McConnachie, who was expelled from UKIP for Holocaust denial and is standing under the Independent Green Voice banner. McConnachie is best known for denying the existence of gas chambers at Nazi concentration camps, but has also provided social media support to the Orange Order and regularly organises counter-protests to pro-independence and anti-racism rallies. George Galloway’s All for Unity party, which sometimes brands itself Greens for Unity, has a civil… Read more »

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