Lord Paul Tyler, former MP for North Cornwall, is so incensed by a claim by one of the candidates contesting his old constituency that he is demanding an immediate apology.
Dan Rogerson and Lord Paul Tyler
"A number of residents in the area have drawn my attention to a letter, apparently signed by the Conservative candidate, which refers to me in a way which is clearly intended to mislead voters", said Lord Tyler at the weekend.
The letter reads "Many of us remember good MPs like Paul Tyler in North Cornwall. He always had time for people and was a good constituency MP. I shall continue in the same vein, being a strong voice for North Cornwall in Westminster."
"Mr Scott Mann, who is the signatory of this letter, did not even have the common decency - which we expect in Cornish politics - to ask my permission to refer to me in a way which would suggest that I thought he could adequately represent North Cornwall", said Lord Tyler. "Far from it, I believe that my successor Dan Rogerson has more than fulfilled the traditional Liberal service to people here, in a way that no Tory has ever achieved".
"Mr Mann's claim is as presumptuous as it is bogus. He should immediately apologise to the local residents he has tried to mislead."