Election leaflet error

It recently came to our attention that an election leaflet being delivered for James Heappey, the Conservative candidate in the Wells constituency, has an image of a Somerset Wildlife Trust member of staff on the cover wearing a jacket with our logo on it. The image was used without our knowledge or permission.

We had invited James Heappey to meet with our project Manager, Mark Ward, at Brean Down last year to discuss our Brilliant Coast project - part of which is taking place in his Wells constituency - and the photo was taken there. The photo has now been used, without our permission, on campaigning leaflets and the use of this photo implies, whether intended or not, that Somerset Wildlife Trust is endorsing his campaign.

Somerset Wildlife Trust is a non-political charity and we do not endorse any political party. We have raised the issue with the Charity Commission and James Heappey’s office.  

Response from the Charity Commission