Tory MP Nick Fletcher is caught out posting year-old selfie for the THIRD time to publicise constituency visit when voters spot Christmas trees in the background
- MP for Don Valley in South Yorkshire posted a picture taken in Thorne, Doncaster
- Constituents soon noticed Christmas trees and festive lights in the background
- Voters then realised same selfie was posted in December 2020 and September
- The MP apologised for the error claiming he ‘forgot’ to take photo during visit
Tory MP Nick Fletcher has been caught out posting the same selfie for the third time to publicise a constituency visit after residents spotted Christmas trees in the background.
The MP for Don Valley in South Yorkshire posted a picture on his Facebook page that claimed was taken in the small town of Thorne, near Doncaster.
However, constituents quickly spotted Christmas trees and festive lights in the back of the photo, despite decorations not yet having been erected in the town this year.
The selfie, showing the MP smiling, is actually an old picture that he has posted to his social media on two previous occasions within the last year – leading to residents accusing him of faking the visit.
The selfie posted by Tory MP Nick Fletcher, 39, with Christmas trees and festive lights in the background
The MP apologised after constituents realised he posted the same selfie in December 2020 and September earlier this year
Mr Fletcher, 49, quickly apologised for the error claiming he had ‘forgotten’ to take a photo during the visit so, instead, used an older one.
The MP, who won the seat from Labour in 2019, posted the picture on Wednesday with the caption: ‘Great to spend the afternoon in Thorne. It is good to see it thriving again after a tough year.’
It showed him posing outside a row of shops in the town centre with Christmas trees visible
However, Mr Fletcher had posted the photo in December 2020 and again in September.
Constituents were quick to pick up on his error.
Dan Cosgrove wrote: ‘When you like a selfie so much you’ve used the same picture three times…’
Josephine Mckeague replied to the post: ‘Obviously not brightest lamp in street (pun intended)? Christmas lights still on from last year then Nick?’
Another resident posted: ‘How come Xmas trees are up when not putting them up till after 12th?’
In a brief statement, the MP apologised to confused constituents.
Mr Fletcher said: ‘Having spent the afternoon walking round Thorne with a local business man and calling at a local café for a coffee, I forgot to take a photo.
‘This is not the first time I have reused a photo when forgetting to take one and I am sure it will not be the last.’
He also amended his Facebook post, writing: ‘Apologies, forgot to take a photo on my walk about.
‘Will make sure I take one when I’m back again next week. Look forward to seeing you all soon.’
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