THIS is the moment a Labour councillor is caught on camera appearing to STEAL a Tory local election leaflet from a letter box – before replacing it with her own.
Councillor Rachael Ellis was spotted 'swiping' the leaflets on a constituent's doorbell camera on Saturday in Bestwood St Albans in Gedling, Nottinghamshire.
A clip shows Ellis approaching the letterbox and putting her hand in to check if anything is caught in the flap.
After rummaging around, she pulls out the red and blue conservative leaflet – and shoves a Labour leaflet through the letterbox in its place.
Tory MP for Gedling Tom Randall, 39, said he was "disappointed" after a constituent emailed him the footage earlier this week.
‘SURPRISED & DISAPPOINTED’
He said: "I’m surprised and disappointed to see an experienced Gedling Labour councillor removing Conservative election material that had been delivered to a house in Arnold North.
"On Saturday evening, I returned home from a day’s campaigning to an e-mail that said I’d been seen delivering a leaflet from a doorbell camera.
"The e-mail continued: ‘About one hour after your visit another person delivered a different leaflet, which was an election leaflet for Cllr Pauline Allen and Cllr Michael Payne.
“The person delivering this leaflet decided to remove your leaflet from my letterbox and took it away with them.'"
Mr Randall shared the footage to his Facebook page with the caption: "Pilfering Labour. On seeing the footage I see that the activist is actually an experienced Labour Gedling Borough Councillor.
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"Why did she take it? Because Labour don’t want you to read the truth."
The Sun Online has contacted Rachael Ellis for comment.
A Labour spokesman said: "The Labour Party issues strict election campaigning guidelines to all of our members."
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