Royston Vasey, favourite pies, and a Twitter follow from a US porn star – read Lib Dem Hitchin and Harpenden candidate Hugh Annand’s bizarre conversations on social media
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As General Election campaigning hots up ahead of the national poll on June 8, social media is being employed more and more as a tool to get your message across.
Lib Dems leader Tim Farron sent a tweet as long ago as May 2015 saying it was important to talk to potential constituents directly through social media.
And it appears his party’s Hitchin and Harpenden parliamentary candidate Hugh Annand has taken his leader at his word – by sending a series of quirky tweets since being selected to fight the seat.
Mr Annand – who lists his address as Brussels on the official candidate forms – has been busy posting a weird and wonderful selection of messages, including announcing he had been accepted by the party as their official representataive, writing: “Nomination papers accepted. I suppose that means I am officially official.”
The Lib Dem candidate also joked he was a ‘celebrity’ after he wrote: “OK, it seems I am a celebrity. An American porn lady started following me...so it must be true.”
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He’s also not been shy in using jokes to make a point against Tory leader Theresa May and her mantra of ‘strong and stable’ during electioneering.
He posted: “Away from the campaign trail I managed to fit in a wrestling match. My opponent congratulated me on my, er, strength and stability.”
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Hugh also dispenses culinary wisdom to his ever-growing number of followers.
After he was asked ‘Could you describe to me your dream pie?’ Hugh tweeted his reply with tongue firmly in cheek and one eye firmly on Cockney rhyming slang: “Now this is quite a tricky one.
“It would need to be something of substance, not one of those pies that looks attractive but ultimately proves dry, disappointing and overpriced.
“I try to avoid swallowing pork pies, still less serving them up to others.”
In a jokey discussion with a constituent when discussing if it was important that candidates for the seat should be local, Hugh tweeted a picture of Tubbs and Edward, characters in the cult comedy series League of Gentlemen, adding: “I call it the Royston Vasey question.’
When asked if he was comparing ‘potential future constituents to the two characters he clarified: ‘Not so much potential future constituents. More party activists and journalists.”
We don’t mind here at Comet Towers Hugh, and look forward to more tweets from you tomorrow.
Follow Hugh Annand on Twitter @Hugh_Annand.
Catch Hugh and all the other candidates at the much-awaited Hitchin Hustings on Friday at the Hitchin Christian Centre on Bedford Road from 7.30pm.
You are requested to get there early as space will be limited.