Richmond Lib Dems apologise for “liar liar pants on fire” website photo

The Hounslow Chronicle has the story:

The Liberal Democrat leader of Richmond Council has apologised after a photograph of a child swearing appeared on his party’s website.

The image was used following Serge Lourie’s decision to postpone the signing of a contract to develop Twickenham Riverside. It shows a young boy sticking up two fingers, alongside the caption ‘liar liar pants on fire’ and accompanies an article attacking the borough’s Conservative group and residents’ group Richmond United Group (RUG).

It claims they have spread lies about the controversial proposals, which include allowing developer Countryside to build 32 homes on the site of the former swimming pool in return for a community river centre. …

Cllr Lourie admitted using the image was “an unfortunate error of judgement”, adding: “It was taken down as soon as we realised there was something wrong,” he said. “The picture was commercially bought. I’ve had three complaints about it.

“I appreciate that we shouldn’t use anything like that but I stand by the article. The Conservatives and RUG have been spreading lies about the riverside and our intentions for the site. I am going to spend the next six months speaking to residents to explain correctly what is going to go on there, which is something that will be good for Twickenham that we could not achieve without the funding from a developer.”

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