A Ukip councillor is being mocked on social media for a series of glaring errors – including a misspelling of ‘Britain’ – contained in a pamphlet circulated around Peterborough.
Labelled “Peterborough: Shaping Britians’ Future (yes, you read that right), Whitby’s poster read: “We’ve been let down! As you may be aware our MP has recently been convicted of a serious criminal offence, but has now appealed against it.”
But his call to action went viral for all the wrong reasons after Twitter user Chris Struthers pointed out the mistakes – which could have been avoided with a swift proofread.
It later emerged the leaflet was proofread – by Whitby himself.
He told the Peterborough Telegraph: “I typed it incorrectly and it’s an embarrassment that it happened.
“A few of us misproofread [sic] it and missed two letters and a comma.
“It’s important to get right, but it’s an honest mistake. I’ll hold my hands up.”
A Ukip spokesperson said it was clear Whitby was not claiming the party had any MPs and was referring to Onasanya as “our MP” as a Peterborough resident.
“That point simply isn’t fair or accurate and regards the rest, I can assure lessons have been learned but it was human error,” he added.
The mistake was caught after hundreds of pamphlets had already been put up, but a new batch of 10,000 posters has since been printed.