A sweet incentive for children to deliver leaflets has turned sour

PUBLISHED: 07:14 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:18 24 May 2010

A ROW has broken out over a Liberal Democrat election guide urging candidates to offer children sweets to deliver leaflets. The national guide advises all Lib Dem candidates to give out badges and toffees to children on housing estates in a 'Pied Piper li

A ROW has broken out over a Liberal Democrat election guide urging candidates to offer children sweets to deliver leaflets.The national guide advises all Lib Dem candidates to give out badges and toffees to children on housing estates in a 'Pied Piper like round' so political leaflets can be delivered.Borrowing children from local families is also given as a tip to deliver election material to voters' homes.But it does warn candidates to not let parents send children out unsupervised.Councillor Mike Roe, North Somerset Council's leader of the Tory Group, said: "Children are told not to take sweets from strangers regardless of whether it's from an election candidate."I think parents would be worried as it's dangerous to do that."Lib Dem councillor Mike Bell, said: "The guide is a few years old and nobody in North Somerset will be using children to deliver leaflets.

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