AN angry husband who posted flyers of his wife claiming she had committed adultery is a failed Conservative parliamentary candidate.
Ian Cuthbert, 46, who lost out to Labour’s Sharon Hodgson in the 2010 general election to win the seat of Washington and Sunderland West, ran a smear campaign against his estranged wife just days after they got married.
He put up raunchy posters that showed Alison Kidd, 34, in her underwear and the warning “lock up your husbands” in and around East Craigs Primary School in Edinburgh last September.
The flyers had to be removed from a school noticeboard, trees and lampposts before children became aware of them.
Cuthbert had apparently been in an “extreme state” at the time, after hearing allegations that his wife had been in a relationship with another man, a court heard.
At Edinburgh Sheriff Court last week, he pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.
The case was adjourned to March 26.
Cuthbert was a Tory councillor with Sunderland City Council between 2007 and 2011 and a former deputy-chairman of the local Conservative Party.
He ran in the 2010 parliamentary election where he received 8,157 votes, but lost out to Labour candidate Sharon Hodgson, who polled 19,615 votes.
Coun Robert Oliver, Tory group leader in Sunderland, said: “He’s no longer active in the Sunderland Conservative Party so we would prefer not to comment.”
A Conservative Party spokesman said: “We can confirm that Ian Cuthbert was a Conservative Party candidate at the last election.” Cuthbert, a father-of-one, now works for brewer Heineken in Edinburgh where he remains an employee, despite his conviction. He refused to comment yesterday. The couple had been in a relationship for one year and eight months. Alison, a mother-of-two who is divorcing Cuthbert, strongly denied the allegation she was unfaithful and accused him of “mental abuse”.