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MAWHINNEY MAKES ROYAL CHUMP OF HIMSELF OVER CAMDEN ATTACK

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A dig at political correctness by Tory party chairman Brian Mawhinney backfired yesterday when it turned out that t...
A dig at political correctness by Tory party chairman Brian Mawhinney backfired yesterday when it turned out that the group he poked fun at is not only funded by Camden LBC but also by the government and Save the Children, reports The Daily Telegraph (p1).

During his speech to the Conservative party conference, Mr Mawhinney cited the council's funding decision as evidence of socialism in action.

'And in Frank Dobson's Camden - would you believe? - they gave a grant to the Camden Hopscotch Women's Group,' he said to roars of laughter.

The Princess Royal opened the groups' new premises a year ago and the home office is planning to double its grant next year.

Labour's deputy leader said Mr Mawhinney had made a complete idiot of himself, The Telegraph reports.

'The Tories are so desperate to tell lies about Labour that they did not homework and never checked the facts,' he said.

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