Penny Mordant’s bid to become prime minister came after an embarrassing start when her campaign team was forced to hastily edit her launch video.
A three-minute broadcast announcing his intention to run for the Tory leadership was posted on Twitter at 9.30am this morning.
But it soon became clear that there were many mistakes.
These included clips of sports figures apparently without their permission – including former Paralympic gold medalist runner Oscar Pastorius, who is currently in jail on charges of murdering his girlfriend.
One of the prominent athletes, Johnny Piakak, who won gold for Britain at the 2012 Paralympics, tweeted directly to Mordant to be removed from the video, adding: “Anything but blue, please.”
The video also showed footage of an easily recognizable police officer.
Since the police are considered politically neutral, such images are banned from political campaign material.
It also included Dame Sarah Gilbert, who was credited with leading the team that developed the Oxford vaccine against Covid 19.
However, five hours after the original video was posted on Twitter, a different version was presented with sports personalities, a police officer and Dame Sarah.
Oddly enough, it took another two hours to delete the first version.
Mordaunt’s team has been asked to comment.
The embarrassing mix is a blow to Mordant as she is only trying to become Britain’s third female Prime Minister.
Elsewhere in the video, Portsmouth North MP, who is also a member of the Royal Navy Reserve, said: “Our leadership needs to change. It needs to be a little less about the leader and more about the ship.
“I am Penny Mordant and I am ready to serve as the next leader of the Conservative Party.”