Storm after girl guides hand out leaflets

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A PROBE has been launched after Wigan Girl Guides were accused of breaching a political neutrality code by delivering hundreds of election leaflets.

Coun Bob Brierley says he was delighted to take up their offer to help his campaign, because he has been ill with diabetes and felt unable to complete his own ward pamphlet round.

And the independent had given Second Hindley Girl Guides a £100 donation out his own pocket for the services of two leaders and some senior Guides, based on the commercial rate for delivering 2,000 election addresses around Hindley Green.

But political rival Barry Fagan – the ward’s former Community Action Party councillor – has now made an official complaint to the National Girl Guide Association, alleging that the incident breaks its time-honoured “non-political” constitution as a charitable organisation.

The Guides did not wear uniform for the task. But they were identified by Mr Fagan’s daughter, former CAP councillor Louise Fagan, during their rounds and challenged about it.

The Guide Association confirmed that it has now launched an investigation.