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A former subpostmaster hit out on the “buffoonery” of Sir Ed Davey’s stunt-filled normal election marketing campaign.

Lee Castleton, who misplaced his livelihood within the Post Office Horizon scandal, mentioned belief wouldn’t be rebuilt by “swinging around on ropes or paddleboarding in Cumbria”.

The Lib Dem chief has come underneath fireplace for not doing extra to assist wrongly convicted subpostmasters between 2010 and 2012 when he served as postal affairs minister within the coalition authorities.

Mr Castleton informed the BBC’s Sunday Morning With Laura Kuenssberg: “I don’t particularly like the buffoonery, I find it very Boris-esque and I don’t think there’s any need for it.

“It’s actually, actually, actually vital that we belief him and belief is rarely going to be constructed by swinging round on ropes or paddleboarding in Cumbria. Trust is about participating with the folks that want that engagement.”

Sir Ed, who has previously apologised for failing to see through the Post Office’s “lies”, insisted he is taking voters’ concerns seriously during a campaign in which he has visited a theme park and fallen into the water while paddleboarding.

He said: “On the subpostmasters, my coronary heart goes out to Lee and all of the others so badly affected and I’m wanting ahead to giving proof to the inquiry, which I campaigned for to carry individuals to account.

“But in terms of the things we’ve been doing, the stunts, actually the real issue is engaging people and they have done.”

He added: “We’re taking the voters’ concerns really seriously.

“That’s why we have put ahead all these coverage proposals and each time we do a kind of stunts to interact individuals – so I present that I’m not taking myself too significantly, I’m taking the voters significantly – we have had a number of coverage concepts.

“So when I was going down that slide, we were talking about mental health.”

Mr Castleton, from Bridlington, East Yorkshire, was discovered to have a £25,000 shortfall at his department in 2004 and was made bankrupt after he misplaced his authorized battle with the Post Office.

More than 700 subpostmasters had been prosecuted by the Post Office and handed legal convictions between 1999 and 2015 as Fujitsu’s defective Horizon IT system made it seem as if cash was lacking at their branches.