Lib Dems in leaflet row

Leaflets criticising postmen for dropping litter have been found discarded at the side of a path.
Copies of the May edition of the Vale Liberal Democrats newsletter Focus, were found spilling out of a plastic bag in Barry Island.
Jonathan Bishop, 26, who is disabled, was walking with his friends when he came across the discarded leaflets on a footpath leading to the beach.
Mr Bishop, of Cliff Terrace, Treforest, who runs the Clean Treforest campaign, said: “There were about 20 leaflets. I was disgusted to find them. These leaflets printed by the Liberal Democrats claim that we would all benefit from keeping our streets litter-free, yet they have discarded their leaflets in an area enjoyed by many.”

He reported the matter to the local council after finding the leaflets on Sunday. Vale Liberal Democrat Rainer Behrens, who works on the Focus newsletter, said he was not aware the leaflets had been dumped.
He said: “I had instructed someone to deliver them on Saturday, but had a call from a colleague saying they had not been received in the Illtyd ward.
“I am pleased to have been told about this, but annoyed that they weren’t delivered. We are very strict about litter, and are strongly against littering and fly-tipping.”
In the newsletter, Mark Hooper, parliamentary spokesman for the Vale, says he has written to Royal Mail asking them to make sure postmen pick up the rubber bands.
He said: “The Royal Mail could save lots of money by reusing these bands. They’d also help to keep our streets litter free. All of us would benefit.”
A Royal Mail spokesman: “Royal Mail uses millions of rubber bands each year. As with any labour intensive organisation, errors will occasionally happen. I can assure you that issues concerning the environment are very important to us.
“As there appears to be a number of rubber bands being dropped in the Barry area, this information has been passed to local delivery office manager.”