Election 2015 England

Peterborough Telegraph asks landlord to remove Tory poster

Tory campaign poster at Peterborough Telegraph
Image caption Peterborough Telegraph is weekly newspaper title and publishes www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk

A newspaper has asked its landlord to take down a poster on its building that promotes a Conservative candidate.

The banner, endorsing Stewart Jackson's campaign, appeared on the Peterborough Telegraph building in Priestgate in the city last week.

In the paper, editor Mark Edwards said he wanted to make it clear it was impartial and not backing any campaign.

The BBC has been unable to contact building manager New London Gate Ltd for a comment.

In a statement, the company told the newspaper it had been approached by the Conservative Party about "placing their campaign signs on the building".

Image caption The banner was placed directly above the newspaper sign

It said it was "pleased to participate in local democracy" by making the space available.

The BBC approached Mr Edwards for his reaction and was directed to the newspaper's publisher Johnston Press, who are yet to comment.

Writing on the newspaper website, Mr Edwards said the title "does not support any political party".

"We want to make it absolutely clear that we are not, in any way, endorsing Stewart Jackson's campaign - we are impartial," he said.

"We have asked our landlords to move the signs away from our own signage as it has created a concern among readers that putting Mr Jackson's banner there could be misconstrued."

The BBC has asked Mr Jackson for a comment.

The other candidates standing for election in Peterborough are: Chris Ash (Liberal Party) Darren Bisby-Boyd (Green), Lisa Forbes (Labour), Darren Fower (Liberal Democrat), John Fox (Independent) and Mary Herdman (UKIP).

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