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Reform UK’s candidate for Clapham and Brixton Hill, accused of being “AI generated” within the run-up to the General Election, has launched a stinging assault at these fuelling the rumours.

Images of Mark Matlock’s marketing campaign poster started circulating on-line, with the Green Party candidate telling Byline Times within the days earlier than the election: “I haven’t seen or heard from the Reform UK candidate for Clapham and Brixton Hill constituency. He wasn’t at the hustings.”

Shao-Lan Yuen added: “I’ve heard suspicions that the image on his leaflets are AI generated.” Mr Matlock did not seem on the depend on election day, sparking extra rumours as as to whether he was a real candidate.

At the time he posted on X: “Unfortunately I will not be attending the count tonight as I have pneumonia. The hospital I visited was closed before it’s closing time. I said to the nurse on a buzzer I am struggling to breath and she said call a number. Vote reform this is madness”.

One X person replied: “If you couldn’t get into hospital, how did you get the diagnosis? You’re just a made up candidate You’ve been rumbled mate”.

Another referenced the truth that Mr Matlock’s submit confirmed he was in a Gloucestershire hospital at 7:43pm on election night time, even though his seat was in south London.

They wrote: “If you were intending to attend the count in Clapham (London) why were you in Gloucestershire?”

After Labour’s landslide win, Mr Matlock took to X to quash any rumours that he wasn’t an actual individual.

He wrote: “To all those people on Reddit wondering if I’m real or if Reform has fake candidates ? Keep smoking the crack pipe and wondering what sexuality you are. How do you think anyone could be nominated if you don’t exist ? Do you people know anything about anything?”.

Later he confirmed to Private Eye that “I am a real person”, claiming that he used a computer-generated picture for the marketing campaign leaflet as a result of he did not have an image of himself in Reform’s turquoise tie.

Mr Matlock instructed the outlet that he lived within the south Cotswolds. In the top Mr Matlock completed in fourth place with 1,758 votes, as Labour’s Bell Ribeiro-Addy soared to the profitable seat with a cushty win over the Lib Dem, Green and Tory candidates.