Simon Nundy is the Conservative candidate for Mayor of Lewisham. On his website you’ll find this graph:
Eagle eyed Lewisham residents will note, of course, that there was no Lewisham Mayoral election in 2008. The last was in 2006. More importantly, that election saw the Lib Dems come in second (18,889) behind Labour (25,129), with the Tory candidate languishing in third (10,790). The Green Party did pretty well, too, coming in fourth with 7168. Full results here.
The figures in Mr Nundy’s graph are from the 2008 London Mayoral Election, where it was a two horse race between Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone – a rather different set of circumstances. So here we have a clear attempt to pass off one set of figures as another in an attempt to woo tactical anti-Labour votes away from the Lib Dems. Perhaps the idea is that we Lewisham voters won’t be bright enough to spot the trick.
I’ve emailed Mr Nundy to ask for his comments – but then Brockley Central picked up on this a few days ahead of me and they’ve heard nothing yet.
It’s also important to note that it seems the Conservative party isn’t the only one publishing some rather unusual graphs around here. Green Party candidate Darryl Chamberlain pointed out that Greenwich Labour appear to be up to some funny business in Peninsula Ward.