Pullout over vote leaflet.A LABOUR election candidate is to withdraw after admitting some of the claims in his campaign leaflet were untrue. Darren Hughes Darren Colyn Hughes (1978 - ) is a New Zealand politician. He is the Labour Party member for the Otaki electorate. After serving as Parliamentary Secretary to Labour MP Judy Keall, he successfully contested Keall's Otaki seat upon her retirement at the 2002 elections and held the , 24, was due to contest Llanrwst's Gower Ward seat on Conwy County Borough Council Conwy County Borough Council (Welsh: Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Conwy) is the governing body for Conwy county borough, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. on July 22.
Mr Hughes,of Trem Afon, Llanrwst,gained a seat on the town council last week but his agent,Paul Marl, received complaints about some of the statements in his pamphlet used for both elections.
A leaflet inserted into his main pamphlet stated: ``The candidate also holds the post of Marine Superintendent for Irish Shipping Firm Mullock and Sons Ltd of Limerick,although this post is now largely ceremonial, allowing him more time to devote to local issues.''
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A spokesman for the Irish company denied any knowledge of Mr Hughes.
Mr Hughes admitted the statement about his employment was inaccurate,but added: ``The problem is that at the time of writing I thought it was a perfectly correct statement.
``You can imagine my absolute surprise to learn all was not what it seemed.''
He said he had been duped by two men claiming to be members of his extended family who,he said,had offered him a post with the company in exchange for a substantial amount of cash.
Mr Hughes asked North Wales Police North Wales Police (Welsh: Heddlu Gogledd Cymru) is the Home Office police force responsible for policing North Wales. The headquarters are in Colwyn Bay, with divisional headquarters in St Asaph, Caernarfon and Wrexham. to investigate the matter but the force said it was a civil matter. Mr Hughes,born and brought up in Llanrwst, said he had withdrawn his candidature. But a Conwy spokeswoman said last night: ``Mr Hughes has not withdrawn.''