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11/04/2018 22:53 BST

Council Worker 'Insulted' At Receiving Letter From Theresa May Addressed To ‘Mr Youmustbe F***ingjoking’

Raja Habib, 67, reveals horror over Tory Party plea for money.

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An elderly council worker has revealed his horror at receiving an X-rated letter signed by Prime Minister Theresa May pleading for cash.

Raja Habib, 67, said he was left “embarrassed and insulted” after opening the letter that was addressed by Tory marketing chiefs to ‘Mr Youmustbe Fuckingjoking’.

Signed by the Prime Minister, the note to Habib and his wife Sajida, 63, asked for a cash donation to help the Tories “build a Britain fit for the future”.

The Conservative Party on Wednesday said it had launched an investigation.

Habib, from Brixton, London, said: “At first I thought it was a scam but then I looked at the picture of the PM, the signature, and the donation card. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

“It was a complete shock to my system. I was embarrassed and insulted.

“This is the woman we are trusting with our country, and yet her party can’t even send out letters correctly.” 

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The letter said the Tories were taking on a new “army of foot soldiers to take the fight to Labour” for next month’s local elections.

The note, which also included a picture of May, was asking for help and donations to their campaigns fund.

It finishes: “However small, your donation will help us defeat socialism in our country.”

Habib, who said he is not a Conservative supporter, said he was too ashamed to show anyone the letter, which he received in February,

He said: “I was upset for a while.  My first thought was how many people had received this letter?

“Was it my area targeted, where this is a high amount of ethnic minorities?

“Was it deliberate? I don’t know.

“Eventually I showed it to my son and he was so shocked as well.”

Habib’s son passed the letter to neighbour Laura McCormack who posted it on Twitter.

Alongside an image of the letter, she wrote: “Trying to argue they can run the country when they can’t even work mail-merge.

“My elderly neighbours were more than a little upset to be addressed in this manner by the PM.

“To add insult to injury the Conservatives then had the cheek to ask for money.”

McCormack, 30, added: “I was really surprised when I saw it. I’ve previously worked in a role that involved some direct marketing and I can’t believe that no-one spotted this before it was sent.

“It just struck me as sheer incompetence on behalf of the Tories to not have any checks in place for this type of language.

“What if it was something racist or incredibly sexist that was sent out?”

A Conservative Party spokesman said:  “It is unacceptable that this letter was sent out and we apologize for any offence caused.

“We are currently investigating this matter to ensure it does not happen again.”

It is not the first time the Tories have made an error with party literature.

Earlier this week, eagle-eyed Labour supporters made fun of a pamphlet delivered in Trafford, Greater Manchester, which missed the ‘v’ in ‘Conservatives’.