Orchestrated campaign to foil delivery of flyers – TUV

TUV leader Jim Allister claims that the “widespread” failure of homes to receive party election flyers across Newry and Armagh suggests an “orchestrated campaign to disrupt our election campaign”.

By Philip Bradfield
Friday, 29th April 2022, 8:18 pm
Updated Saturday, 30th April 2022, 5:48 am

The party’s candidate in the area, Keith Ratcliffe, said that he had “serious questions which demand answers” from Royal Mail on TUV postal literature in the constituency.

Mr Ratcliffe said: “In the vast majority of cases I am advised Royal Mail does an excellent job and their communication with TUV on the few occasions when issues have arisen during this campaign, and for that matter other campaigns, has been good with rational explanations offered for why the odd leaflet ended up in the wrong area.

“However, it has become clear to me that there is a systemic issue when it comes to the delivery of TUV postal literature in Newry and Armagh. We have been able to provide Royal Mail with a large number of addresses right across the consistency which have not received our literature. We know of addresses which have been missed in Armagh, Markethill, Tandragee Laurelvale, Bessbrook, Loughgall, Ardress, Mountnorris and other areas.”

“In one particularly stark example, a person who signed my nomination papers got our literature. My relatives who live on either side of him on the same road did not receive my postal communication.”

TUV leader Jim Allister added: “This issue is so widespread it suggests there is an orchestrated attempt to disrupt our election campaign in Newry and Armagh. Royal Mail have been unable to provide a credible explanation thus far so we are calling on them to come clean on why TUV literature has not been delivered to a large number of homes”.

Royal Mail responded: “We received a complaint from TUV about some residents having told the party that they had not received TUV’s election mail in Newry and Armagh. We take our role delivering election mail extremely seriously.

“Having thoroughly investigated, we have found no evidence to suggest that this election mail was not delivered as planned to the correct addresses. TUV has provided us with a small number of specific addresses for residents who report not having received this election mail and we have re-delivered it to these addresses.”