Penny Mordaunt’s campaign video has only been online for hours and she’s already in trouble


Former Secretary of Defense and Treasurer General Penny Mordaunt officially announced her desire to become the next leader of the Conservative Party on Sunday, with a whimsical patriotic video outlining her priorities.

Stating the obvious by saying “leadership must change”, the over three minute video ends with the Royal Navy reservist making an analogy to the boat.

“It has to become a little less about the leader and a lot more about the ship,” she said.

A shipwreck, rather, since the video has already caused controversy a little less than three hours after its publication on social networks.

With the video featuring several high profile personalities, one has already responded to the clip to request that it be removed from promotional material.

Jonnie Peacock, Paralympian wrote: “I officially request to be removed from this video…Anything but blue please.”

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The runner has already been praised for his take on the matter:

And of course, the situation gets worse, because another face featured in the campaign video is a policeman, with the MirrorRachel Wearmouth’s political correspondent remembering the rules on the impartiality of British brass:

This is clearly stated in the College of Policing’s Code of Ethics, which reads: “Police officers shall not take an active part in politics. This is intended to prevent you from placing yourself in a position where your impartiality could be questioned.

Emphasis on the second sentence there, Penny.

Oh, and did we mention the part of the video where convicted Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is seen talking to Mr. Peacock?

A reminder: Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison – later increased to 13 years and five months – in 2013 for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkemp, whom he shot dead on Valentine’s Day.

Just after 2.30 p.m. on Sunday, Ms. Mordaunt seemed to repost the video with Mr Peacock’s section removed and replaced with images of British landmarks and an aircraft.

Indy100 has approached Penny Mordaunt’s team for comment.

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