Wellingborough MP denies Rev Richard Coles claim Tory campaigner turned on his parishioner

A man in Finedon allegedly told Rev Richard Coles that Conservative canvassers had said he and his "sort" are to blame for the state of the country, but Wellingborough's MP has said the party is not campaigning yet.

Thursday, 31st October 2019, 11:30 am
Rev Richard Coles is vicar of Finedon and known for competing in the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing

Finedon vicar Rev Richard Coles shared the alleged exchange in a Tweet to his 204,076 followers yesterday (Wednesday).

In the tweet, Rev Coles said: "A parishioner, a plumber, was working today when two Tory canvassers asked if they could rely on his vote.

"When he explained he would be voting Lib Dem or Green, and explained why, one said "you and your sort are the reason this country's in the mess it's in today". Which was nice."

Rev Richard Coles described what a parishioner told him in a Tweet

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Finedon is part of the Wellingborough constituency where Conservative Peter Bone has been MP since 2005.

Mr Bone said: "We have not yet started our General Election campaign in the Wellingborough constituency and have no knowledge of the alleged incident."

Rev Richard Coles' tweet has had more than 2,000 retweets and 10,000 likes.

The Reverend is well known and appeared in the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing when he was the second contestant to be eliminated.

The described exchange follows the news on Tuesday, October 29 that there will be a General Election on Thursday, December 12.

Finedon is part of the Wellingborough constituency, where Conservative Peter Bone is the incumbent MP.