ESSEX POLICE and Thurrock Council have expressed their anger at being put on the front page of the Thurrock Conservative Group manifesto for 2012.
At the launch of the Thurrock Conservatives 2012 election campaign at the High House in Purfleet, Thurrock councillors as well as MPs Jackie Doyle Price and Stephen Metcalfe proudly clutched the manifesto.
They had sent an electronic copy to several media outlets ahead of the launch.
But controversially, on the front page, there is a photograph of Thurrock Council officers along with Essex police officers and Tory councillors.
But the officers had not given their consent and were concerned that it may give the impression that they endorsed a number of controversial Conservative polices including cutting police numbers in Thurrock.
Essex Police were also less than impressed. Laura Anderson, spokesperson for Essex Police, said: “The picture was used without the consent or knowledge of Essex Police or the officer and PCSOs in the picture, and the picture was taken at a community engagement event from several years ago, therefore the Essex Police personnel did not knowingly pose for a picture to be used as part of a party manifesto, so it should not be taken as an endorsement of the political party manifesto.
“Police Regulations Act of 2003 state that police officers cannot do anything to undermine or that could be perceived to undermine the political impartiality of the police service.”
Thurrock Council advised the Conservatives. Later that evening (Monday), Tory leader, councillor Phil Anderson announced that the amended version was now on his personal website.