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In an uncommon twist for a re-election marketing campaign, Conservative candidate Andrea Jenkyns has prominently featured Nigel Farage, the chief of the rival Reform UK get together, on her newest marketing campaign leaflet.

The leaflet, which conspicuously lacks any clear references to the Conservative Party, showcases a number of images of Jenkyns alongside Farage.

Jenkyns, the Tory candidate for Morley and Outwood and a identified Eurosceptic, has beforehand expressed her admiration for Farage, calling him “a true patriot, conservative to the core.”

The leaflet options two pictures of them collectively, together with a selfie taken at Farage’s sixtieth celebration, with Jenkyns wearing a glittery outfit. Richard Tice, the previous chief of Reform UK, additionally seems within the background of one of many images.

Farage’s Reform UK is taken into account one of many predominant electoral threats to the Conservative Party, making Jenkyns’ alternative to incorporate his picture on her leaflet significantly controversial.

The transfer is more likely to elevate eyebrows on the Conservative head workplace, as Reform UK poses a big problem to the Tories within the upcoming election.

Jenkyns’ leaflet has sparked discussions concerning the strategic alignment between totally different factions throughout the conservative motion.

Notably, the leaflet lacks any point out of Conservative Party chief Rishi Sunak, as an alternative highlighting Jenkyns’ connections with different distinguished figures on the precise.

The Conservative candidate has criticised Reform UK’s choice to face in her constituency, arguing that it might result in “dozens of genuine conservatives” being “replaced by Starmer’s Socialists.”

This newest leaflet seems to be an try and bridge the hole between the Conservative Party and the broader conservative motion.

A spokesperson for Jenkyns commented on the leaflet’s content material, saying: “Andrea is above all, a patriot. She fought for Brexit alongside politicians from all parties including Labour and Reform and is proud of being able to transcend party politics and put the country first. She finds it regrettable that party leaders have not been able to see the bigger picture in uniting the right to stop a socialist supermajority.

“After the election, Conservative MPs might want to work with a wider conservative motion to attain their objectives, and Andrea is likely one of the best-placed real conservatives in her get together to assist facilitate this. For the avoidance of any doubt, Andrea is a lifelong conservative and is standing for the Conservative Party within the forthcoming election. She is dedicated to selling low-tax, common sense conservatism.”

As the election on July 4 approaches, Jenkyns’ unconventional marketing campaign technique will undoubtedly be watched carefully, each by her supporters and her critics throughout the Conservative Party.