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With trust in the Conservative Party waning thanks to a whole host of scandals, one Tory candidate has come up with a questionable comparison to a serial killer to explain why people should still trust them.
The Telegraph’s Whitehall correspondent Tony Diver was in Wakefield ahead of the by-election next week that has been called after the former Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan was convicted for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.
Diver spoke to Tory candidate in the Wakefield by-election, Nadeem Ahmed, who claimed Khan was “one bad apple” and argued “we still trust GPs” after notorious serial killer Harold Shipman killed 250 people.
Tory hopeful Ahmed said: “The people of Wakefield know that he [Khan] was one bad apple. As you know, Harold Shipman committed suicide in Wakefield prison.
“He was a GP – one of the most, you know, a trusted professional like teachers and others… Have we stopped trusting GPs? No.”
\u201cNEW: The Tory candidate in the Wakefield by-election has said voters should still back the Conservatives because \u201cwe still trust GPs\u201d after Harold Shipman killed 250 people.\n\nNadeem Ahmed says Imran Ahmad Khan was just "one bad apple".\n\nStory: https://t.co/Q57VB4aWit\u201d
The bizarre comparison has baffled social media users who have pointed out that comparing the party to a serial killer might not be the best tactic.
One person wrote: “The worst aspect of this, apart from the obvious, is that he obviously thought this was a winning line of argument.
“Do Wakefield voters (‘forgiving’ as they may be!) really want someone as brain dead and tone deaf as this representing them in Parliament?”
\u201cThe worst aspect of this, apart from the obvious, is that he obviously thought this was a winning line of argument. Do Wakefield voters ("forgiving" as they may be!) really want someone as brain dead and tone deaf as this representing them in Parliament?\u201d
— alexandra hall hall \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf3b (@alexandra hall hall \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf3b)
Another joked: “Tbf to him I’m not 100 per cent convinced Shipman would lose the whip if he was a Tory MP now.”
\u201cTbf to him I\u2019m not 100% convinced Shipman would lose the whip if he was a Tory MP now\u201d