Labour worried about candidates’ social media

The Herald reported:

Party candidates have been urged to clean up their profiles by removing potentially embarrassing pictures or comments about the party.

The directive by Labour’s general secretary Andrew Kirton was accidentally sent by text message to a Newstalk ZB reporter.

It asks Labour candidates to check for any old social media posts which could “embarrass you or the Party” – even if they were taken before the person joined Labour.

It also says any criticisms of Labour policy, current or former leaders “will come back to haunt you and us”.

Nothing unusual in a party telling candidates to be careful on social media. That is sensible.

But what I find amusing is that they explicitly have to tell candidates to delete criticisms of former or current leaders. It makes you wonder how many candidates they have who have lashed out at current or former leaders!

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