AN ASTONISHING idiot's guide to general election campaigning, which treats Labour candidates like children, has been issued by the party's hierarchy.
The pack of documents, leaked last night to a Conservative AM, sets out letters, press releases and telephone scripts for the party's election hopefuls telling them just to fill in the blank spaces left for their own names and constituencies.
The pack uses the fictional constituency of "Anytown", prompting Tory AM David Davies last night to brand it the Noddy File.
"It's reminiscent of Toytown, home to Noddy and all his friends," said Mr Davies.
"Clearly Labour just want their candidates to nod their heads to everything in this pack, which really treats them like little kids."
Monmouth AM Mr Davies, who is standing for Parliament in the same constituency, said the 41-page file was leaked to him by disgruntled Old Labour activists who resented being treated like political toddlers.
The pack also tells local parties to set up websites designed to tell their local electorate how proud they should be of their patch. Also contained are standard letters to send out in the name of the local MP or party candidate. Single paragraphs outlining local issues are permitted.
A script for telephone canvassers issues precise instructions about what to say when calling people. Local parties are invited to pay £1 for every elector contacted.
A Welsh Labour spokeswoman said last night, "Labour will fight a vigorous campaign to expose Tory plans to cut £35bn from our public services. It is our duty to warn Welsh people what they stand to lose if they go back to the negative equity, high interest rates and inflation of the Tory years.
"This is rich from a party with no Welsh MPs, whose English leader Bill Wiggin, along with David Davies, wants to return to the days of John Redwood's rule from London."
Page 2: Once upon a time in Anytown ...
Page 3: Template letter to constituents
Page 4: Template press release for bad news
Page 5: Template press release for good news
Page 6: Template info on how to deal with the public
Page 7: Template information on Labour's network of proudofbritain.org.uk websites