Yorkshire MP accused of faking constituency visits - after using same photo three times

A Yorkshire MP has been accused of faking a visit to part of his constituency – after posting the same selfie photo three times.

Don Valley MP Nick Fletcher shared a photo on his Facebook page yesterday with the caption: “Great to spend the afternoon in Thorne. It is good to see it thriving again after a tough year.”

But eagle-eyed readers spotted the photo showed Christmas trees along the street – with decorations yet to be put up in Thorne.

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And further investigations revealed that the MP posted an identical photo in December 2020 – and then again in September.

Conservative MP Nick Fletcher has appeared to post the same selfie of his visit to Thorne three times.

The picture shows Mr Fletcher posing outside a number of shops in the town, with Christmas trees attached to the walls behind him.

Constituents were quick to pick up on the gaffe.

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One wrote: “When you like a selfie so much you've used the same picture three times...”

Another posted: “How come Xmas trees are up when not putting them up till after 12th?”

Another fumed: “Fake fake fake - trees are not up yet - more Tory lies.”

“Isn't this the photo from 2020?,” wrote another while another added: “Christmas lights still up from last year then Nick?”

Another added: “Nice photo - from December 2020 isn’t it? Did you even visit?!”

“Last year’s photo,” another comment said while another added: “This man must think we're all stupid.”

Mr Fletcher became Doncaster’s first Conservative MP in decades when he defeated Labour’s Caroline Flint at the December 2019 General Election. He has been contacted for a comment.