Tori Leadership hopeful Penny Mordaunt has removed footage of convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius from her campaign video.
Mordaunt’s campaign for Prime Minister got off to an embarrassing start today after it was seen her video showing the campaign launch Pistorius in 2012 Paralympics – two years before he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
After that, she received another knock Team GB Paralympian Johnny Peacock, who also appears in the video footage, asked for it to be removed.
Both men were edited from the three-minute clip.
The International Trade Secretary ended months of speculation about her political ambitions this morning when she formally announced her candidacy to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservatives.
But her entry into the race for prime minister risked being overshadowed by the choice of footage included in a three-minute video unveiling her ‘PM 4 PM’ campaign.
The video included scenes of British sporting success; eg an English cricketer Johnny Bairstow centenary celebrations and the moment the Wales football team qualified for this year’s World Cup.
The South African man’s manslaughter conviction was later commuted to murder, and he was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
Penny Mordaunt ended months of speculation about her political ambitions when she officially announced her candidacy to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative leader
But her run for prime minister risked being overshadowed by the inclusion of footage of Oscar Pistorius in her campaign video
A South African man has been convicted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a trial that has garnered global media coverage.
Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp four times, although he claimed he mistook her for a possible intruder at his Pretoria home.
His trial attracted widespread media attention around the world.
Ms Mordaunt did not feature herself in the campaign video but said at the end: “Our leadership has to change. It has to become a little less about the leader and a lot more about the ship.”
Users of social networks noted that the footage with Pistorius seemed “a little off-brand.”
5 News’ Julian Drucker posted the following on Twitter: “Penny Mordaunt’s campaign video features Jo Cox, Captain Tom and um, Oscar Pistorius, but hardly Penny Mordaunt.”
Dan Crawford, a Labor councilor in Ealing, tweeted: “Brave to film Oscar Pistorius in your leadership campaign launch video Penny.
“Very conservative party, 2022. Of course it’s not the only issue, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Another user added: “I don’t know how this isn’t a sketch or a parody.
“Who will comment that there is not even one millisecond of footage with the real candidate? But there is… Oscar Pistorius? You couldn’t make it up.’
And one asked Ms Mordaunt: “Why is Oscar Pistorius in your video?” You have to convince women that you care about them, remember!
Dan Crawford, a Labor councilor in Ealing, was among those who noticed Pistorius’ appearance in Ms Mordaunt’s video.
Others, such as 5 News’s Julian Drucker, noted that Ms. Mordaunt herself was almost entirely absent from the video.
Ahead of officially announcing her candidacy for prime minister, the Royal Navy reservist has hit out at critics who tried to portray her as “woke” amid controversy over her stance on transgender rights.
Her position as one of the bookies’ favorites to become the next Tory leader has led to fierce controversy over her stance on transgender issues, including her earlier claim that “transwomen are women”.
She was accused of being a “committed campaigner for the trans lobby” and of risking “enormous harm to the rights of women and children”.
But Ms Mordaunt, a Royal Navy reservist, used a series of tweets in the early hours of this morning to hit back at opponents.
As well as her past government work, including when she was women’s and equalities secretary under Theresa May, Ms Mordaunt has also stressed that there is a difference between “biologically female” and those who are “legally female”.
She added: “Some people want to damage my reputation for whatever reason. They want to paint me “woke”. I was elected by the simple, down-to-earth people of North Portsmouth. It was a workplace.
“In every election, I increased my vote share. I refer you to their opinion. I have fought for women’s rights all my life. I would NEVER do anything to undermine them. I will continue to protect them.
“And those who claim to be women’s advocates while at the same time misrepresenting and undermining them might want to think again.”