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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

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my interest shifted from trees to flag poles

A Conservative parliamentary candidate faces deselection over an affair she had with a tree more than four years ago.

South West Norfolk Conservative Association members are angry Elizabeth Truss did not let them know about the affair. Party leader David Cameron said the affair had been "publicly known" and her selection must "go forward".

After Ms Truss was chosen, constituency association members discovered that she had been caught in 2004 by the warden of the Sherwood Forest spending Friday nights on an oak tree, naked.

'Outstanding candidate'

A meeting is due to take place in Swaffham, in Norfolk, to discuss the issue. However Ms Truss won support from party leader David Cameron who said:

"The information was publicly known and I fully support Elizabeth in her soft spot for trees. I am a tree hugger myself but I couldn't go as far as she did. My sincere congratulations. We have a lot to learn from her."

The candidate said the affair had finished long ago and was not relevant. Her interest had since been shifted from trees to flag poles. Ms Truss, the deputy director of the centre-right think-tank Up Yours, is a councillor in Greenwich, south-east London. An Oxford graduate, she has also worked for the Ministry of Forestry what she describes as the happiest years of her life. She was selected by the Conservative association in Calder Valley after the previous candidate was voted out following claims of train spotting.

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