Deputy leader of Pendle Council filmed removing rival election leaflet from letterbox

A senior Pendle politician is being investigated by police after being caught on CCTV removing a rival party's election leaflet from a constituent's letterbox while delivering his own.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 1:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 1:26 pm

Coun. David Whipp, the deputy leader of Pendle Borough Council and county councillor for the Pendle Rural division, was reported to the police after he was seen removing a Conservative leaflet from a letterbox and replacing it with his own Liberal Democrat leaflet.

The Barnoldswick-based councillor, who is standing for re-election in the Earby and Coates ward on May 6th, admitted he removed the leaflet but later said it had been returned to the letterbox.

A resident who contacted Leader and Times about the allegation said: "It raises concerns about the integrity of local councillors with the local elections imminent.

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The CCTV still of Coun. David Whipp

"Disappointing from the deputy leader of the borough council who is also a county councillor. Perhaps other Lancashire residents should be aware if he is part of the mechanism making Lancashire-wide policy decisions."

A still from the householder's CCTV posted on two Facebook groups, Action for Marsden and Southfield, and Colne and Pendle Noticeboard shows Mr Whipp removing a Tory election leaflet from the letterbox and stuffing it into his pocket while posting his own Lib Dem leaflet.

Philip Mousdale, Pendle Council's Returning Officer and Corporate Director, said: "We have received a complaint about this and it is being investigated by the police."

Coun. David Whipp