Parents angry after Norwich school appeared to endorse general election candidate

A leaflet issued by Norwich south candidate Lana Hempsall. Photo: Anonymous

A leaflet issued by Norwich south candidate Lana Hempsall. Photo: Anonymous - Credit: Anonymous

A general election candidate in Norwich has come under fire after a photo appeared in a leaflet showing her outside a city school.

Some parents were angry when it appeared that the City of Norwich School (CNS) may have endorsed Lana Hempsall, the Conservative candidate for Norwich South.

A leaflet which dropped through doors in the constituency school Mrs Hempsall posing with the school's sign, next to a paragraph on her views on education.

But both CNS and Mrs Hempsall have since confirmed this was taken on a public highway, with the school adding: 'CNS does not endorse any political party.'

Lynda Groves, who is part of CNSA - a parents' association - said: 'I was just really shocked [when she saw the leaflet], I was surprised the school was appearing to endorse a political party, I hadn't seen it elsewhere.'


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In a tweet, CNS said: 'The school does not endorse any political party. The picture was taken on a public right of way however.'

But Ms Groves worried this brought up issues where any organisation could be seen to be endorsing any party, simply because a photo was taken outside in a public place.

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'It's a bit cheeky,' she said. 'And where would it end? It's not just about that political party.'

But she said she was pleased the school had taken to social media to clear up the confusion.

CNS posted on both their Twitter and Facebook pages to let parents know what was going on,

Mrs Hempsall also said she was pleased with the school's response. She said: 'It was just a photo outside a school, taken on a public highway.

'There's nothing more to it than that.'

The candidate recently attending a hustings at the school, alongside other Norwich South candidates Labour's Clive Lewis, the Green's Richard Bearman and the Liberal Democrat's James Wright.

Pupils from the CNS sixth form quizzed the hopefuls for an hour on topics ranging from Brexit, to zero-hour contracts.

But with the majority of the people in the room aged between 16 and 18 one of the most pressing concerns was tuition fees.

Mrs Hempsall told students she recognised the fees were 'scary' but stated they have helped the country 'be cutting edge in terms of science, technology and research'.

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