A Devon Conservative County Council leader has had an email intended for members of his party read by every Devon County Councilor following a typing mistake.
Conservative County Council leader John Hart’s email on Devon's Conservatives election plans wound up in the hands of the opposition after an email was sent to a satellite consultant in Hampshire.
Alan Hughes received the email from Conservative councillor for Exmouth, Halsdon and Woodbury Bernard Hughes and decided as a punishment for the mistake to forward it to every member of Devon County Council.
Bernard Hughes has blamed the error on pressing “the wrong button”.
In the leaked email, which was discussed in today’s cabinet meeting, Mr Hart briefed councillors and candidates on the budget, he writes:
"We have a large majority on each of the Scrutiny committees, provided all members turn up..."
"I would rather not have Lib Dem recommended changes to the budget being passed as they will definitely become Election issues in less than 12 weeks.”
"We have run Devon County for four years and only increased Council Tax by 1.98%, a very good sound bite for every parish council meeting you attend".
Mr Hart finished the email with a warning to members on Conservative Party campaign material:
"Any candidate wanting to print their own leaflets can do so but Either Lucille Baker or I need to see the Copy before printing,"
"I want no promises made by a candidate that we cannot keep, we will only play into the hands of the opposition parties.
"Keep your leaflets positive, ignore the other parties. Let them do what they like - answer them and you will find people looking to see what was originally said."
The full revised budget meeting will be available to view on thisisexeter.co.uk later today.