Nov 4, 2019

General election 2019: Gower Tory candidate apologises for Facebook post

A Conservative general election candidate has apologised for a Facebook post in which she said people on a TV show needed "Putting down". Francesca O'Brien, who is running for the Gower seat in December's election, made the comments about Channel 4's Benefits Street in January 2014. Ms O'Brien, a former commissioned officer with RAF Air Cadets, was selected to be the Conservative party candidate for Gower in October after an open primary in which residents were able to participate as opposed to just party members. Having lost Gower to Labour in the 2017 election, the seat is a top Tory target in Wales. In the posts following the broadcast of the first episode of Benefits Street five years ago, Ms O'Brien said: "Benefit Street.anyone else watching this?? Wow, these people are unreal!!!".

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