Conservative candidate Caroline Righton ‘goes to ground’

Caroline Righton, the Conservative candidate in St Austell & Newquay who was previously implicated in the faking of a message that smeared her Liberal Democrat opponent, Stephen Gilbert, has now turned all elusive again:

Caroline Righton, is one of only 7 candidates across the whole south west not to respond to a BBC request to give her view on the issue of fox hunting and has pulled out of the first local radio debate of the campaign.

The BBC’s Politics Show asked the 110 candidates in the south west what they would do if given a free vote on fox-hunting. St Austell & Newquay’s Conservative candidate did not respond despite being “contacted repeatedly” by the BBC.

The Conservative candidate has also pulled out of a radio debate with the other candidates on Radio St Austell Bay that will see questions taken live from listeners.

Steve Gilbert said:

“I’ve been very clear that if elected I would not vote to repeal the ban on fox hunting and I am more than happy to be quizzed on the radio with the other candidates.

“What is astonishing is that in the midst of a general election campaign the Conservative candidate here thinks it’s acceptable to not even give us her view on fox hunting or take part in a debate with the other candidates.

“With an election just three weeks away it seems the Conservative candidate has gone to ground. People have a right to know what they are voting for on polling day.”

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  • I live in the st.austell and newquay seat. That Tory candidate doesn’t know anything-in a newpaper interview she said “It’s one of those issues if i get elected, I will absolutely have to have a view on.”

    does this stupid woman not have any clue how a democracy works. She wants me to vote for her but she won’t tell us her view.

  • You would do better telling the people about the lies the countryside alliance told. Lies; Hundreds of packs of hounds would be destroyed.TRUTH; no packs of hounds have been put down.LIES; hundreds of jobs would be lost.TRUTH;because of the increase of people out hunting more jobs have been created.LIES; buisnesses dealing with hunting eg; stables,farriers,saddlers etc would close.TRUTH; they are doing fine.
    The CA who leaders are the Tory party on horseback tried to kid the public that it would mean the end of rural life as we know it. Everything they told is a complete lie.
    Cameron will say anything and do anything to get elected. Never trust a Tory on horseback is the message to the people in the South West.
    Keep the ban on hunting.It is workig fine and the decent people of this country know this.

  • I notice that the swing to the Conservatives is smallest in the South West (0.5%) according to UK polling report.
    Given that the election isn’t yet over, could the Conservatives get less votes in the South West than they did in 2005?

  • If the Tories really cared about the countryside they would get rid of these parasites called land-owners and transfer the land to the people who farm it, which is what we did in Ireland over a 100 years ago.

  • Heidi Corbally 14th Apr '10 - 7:36pm

    Hunting is not welcome in Cornwall. I have yet to meet a single person in Cornwall who agrees with hunting and the Countryside Alliance definitely do not represent the majority of people and Caroline Righton just proves out of touch she is with her constituency. The constant villainisation of foxes, stags and hares is just pathetic and utterly patronising to the public, they really do assume the worst of people. However, the more they remain silent the more they seem like hypocritical idiots. They think their silence suggests that it isn’t an election issue but they are underestimating people.

  • So she refuses to give a specific answer and is afraid to take tough questions – sounds just like Cameron. Stands for nothing and will probably do as much if elected.

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