Tories suspend activist who sent crude tweet about Jo Swinson

A Liberal Democrat election sign damaged in north Norfolk. Photograph: Kevin Geary.

A Liberal Democrat election sign damaged in north Norfolk. Photograph: Kevin Geary. - Credit: Archant

The Tories have suspended an activist in Norfolk who sent a sexually explicit tweet about Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson.

Steven De La Salle, a former Conservative candidate in the local elections and a former UKIP campaigner, tweeted a crude remark about Swinson in response to a tweet from the Daily Express.

He wrote: "Swinson has a big gob, I bet it could take a huge kn*b! Although, all those teeth could cause some grief..."

The lewd tweet was sent from his account on November 28th and has been condemned by the Tory Party.

A spokesman said: "Political debate should be conducted in a respectful and constructive manner. The member concerned is currently suspended."

Steven De La Salle's tweet about Jo Swinson. Photograph: Twitter.

Steven De La Salle's tweet about Jo Swinson. Photograph: Twitter. - Credit: Archant


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It emerged that De La Salle is also subject to a police investigation over allegations he had threatened and assaulted a Lib Dem politician at a hustings days later.

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A Norfolk Police spokesperson said he had been told not to contact "MPs, or witnesses to the incident, and not to attend any political events."

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De La Salle is backing the Conservative candidate Duncan Baker in north Norfolk, where it is a tight race between the Lib Dem candidate Karen Ward and the Tories, after MP Norman Lamb stood down.

The Lib Dems accused the Tories of "shabby tactics" in the constituency.

A spokesperson said: "It seems the Conservatives will stop at nothing to win seats. But people are tired of politicians using shabby tactics to get their way."

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