Row over struggling builder featured in Conservative TV slot

This week’s Conservative Party Political Broadcast (PPB) featured a builder talking about how his firm is struggling due to the recession. However, it turns out he went bankrupt in 2006, at the height of the building boom:

Shane Prescott starred in the Conservative party broadcast on Thursday, claiming his business had struggled because of the recession.

But Companies House records show the 51-year-old father-of-four’s loft conversion firm actually went into liquidation at the height of the boom in 2006.

It is believed when his business went into liquidation he owed £240,000 to creditors and £174,000 to Revenue and Customs.

He was used in a political video by the Conservatives as the epitome of a Britain betrayed by Gordon Brown and was seen as the British equivalent of Joe the Plumber, who challenged Barack Obama at a campaign rally and became the symbol of recession-hit America.

But the revelations about Mr Prescott’s finances also echo the loss of credibility suffered by Joseph Wurzelbacher – allegedly unlicensed.

The Liverpool Daily Post has more.

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3 Comments

  • Iain Brodie Browne 8th Dec '08 - 11:01am

    You would have thought they would have checked with Sefton Tories as this man is ‘known’ in Southport. Mind you our Tories are serially incompetent including Den Dover and his £500,000 he owes Europe and then they took Cameron off to celebrate the ‘saving’ of Southport market (including £1.4m spending) the Council had never approved!
    (more on: http://birkdalefocus.blogspot.com/2008/12/we-could-have-predicted-this.html )

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