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Having Maria

by | 8th, March 2005

‘DEVOID of an identifiable personality, the Tories have taken to borrowing the more voter-friendly appeal of they who do.

”Vote Tory or my son dies”

Margaret Dixon may not be Steven Fry dressed in a fright wig and sling, but she and her shoulder have touched a chord with the British voters.

And now she’s been joined on the Tories’ campaign trail by Maria Hutchings, the Essex mother of an autistic son, who, as the Guardian says, “savaged” Tony Blair on Channel Five’s The Wright Stuff last month.

Yesterday, Hutchings told her story at a Conservative Party conference, highlighting her son’s special education needs and, as the Tories hope, the Government’s insensitivity to her plight.

Such tactics may not be savoury but they have clearly unsettled the Labour Party, whose election co-ordinator, the oily and creepy Alan Milburn, is aghast in the Times.

“Politics is all about real people,” he tells the paper. “That’s why we are in it, to make

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