Liberal Democrat campaigner regrets 'dirty tricks' of 2010

Surrey Comet: Dan Falchikov was photographed in 2010 on a train by Labour leaning political editor Kevin Maguire 'boasting' about the Save Kingston Hospital campaign Dan Falchikov was photographed in 2010 on a train by Labour leaning political editor Kevin Maguire 'boasting' about the Save Kingston Hospital campaign

A controversial Liberal Democrat activist has said he regrets his actions during the 2010 General Election – as Conservatives claim he will seek election to Kingston Council in May’s elections.

Dan Falchikov was criticised four years ago when he was allegedly overheard by Daily Mirror political editor Kevin Maguire on a train.

Mr Maguire claimed Falchikov was boasting that he had planted a story with the Evening Standard that Kingston Hospital was at risk of closing under Labour plans – kicking off MPs Edward Davey and Susan Kramer’s Save Kingston Hospital campaign.

At the time he also denied accusations he tried to infiltrate Zac Goldsmith’s Conservative team under a false name saying he had merely signed up to a mailing list.

Mr Falchikov was named this week as part of the Canbury ward campaign team.

Zac Goldsmith said: “By appointing this man, local Lib Dems are openly endorsing a malignant form of politics that no civilised person wants.”

Mr Falchikov, who lives in York Road, said in a statement: “There were things which happened in the heat of an election campaign which I regret and have learned from.

“But it is pathetic that Zac Goldsmith and the Conservatives have so little positive to say that they try to drag stuff up from years ago.”

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9:41am Fri 14 Feb 14

reesmf says...

Is the infamous Dan Falchikov going to confess to and apologise for all his other dirty tricks, such as plastering my house with Lib Dem posters?
Is the infamous Dan Falchikov going to confess to and apologise for all his other dirty tricks, such as plastering my house with Lib Dem posters? reesmf
  • Score: 5

12:47pm Fri 14 Feb 14

kingstonpaul says...

I always thoght that the point of the Lib Dems was to offer an 'alternative' to the corrupt, venal and promiscuous ways of the two main parties. But time after time they keep displaying that when it comes to these behaviours, they have no rivals.
And if this buffoon Falkichov hasn't learnt that you don't go around blagging about your misdemeanours in ear shot of everyone else, then they're more of an imbecilic (i.e. unelectable) rabble than I'd imagined.
I always thoght that the point of the Lib Dems was to offer an 'alternative' to the corrupt, venal and promiscuous ways of the two main parties. But time after time they keep displaying that when it comes to these behaviours, they have no rivals. And if this buffoon Falkichov hasn't learnt that you don't go around blagging about your misdemeanours in ear shot of everyone else, then they're more of an imbecilic (i.e. unelectable) rabble than I'd imagined. kingstonpaul
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Fri 14 Feb 14

OlBaloney says...

Kingston LibDems: serially and seriously nasty people.

http://order-order.c
om/2010/01/30/loose-
lips-sink-ships/
Kingston LibDems: serially and seriously nasty people. http://order-order.c om/2010/01/30/loose- lips-sink-ships/ OlBaloney
  • Score: 5

5:44pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Simon Densley says...

This is par for the course for Lib Dems. The only way they can win elections is with dirty tricks.
This is par for the course for Lib Dems. The only way they can win elections is with dirty tricks. Simon Densley
  • Score: 4

6:28pm Fri 14 Feb 14

R Batson says...

I am shocked that such actions could even be considered acceptable by a Politcal Party. Where is the Integrity, Ethics, Openess and Transparency.
I am shocked that such actions could even be considered acceptable by a Politcal Party. Where is the Integrity, Ethics, Openess and Transparency. R Batson
  • Score: 4

6:44pm Fri 14 Feb 14

R Batson says...

Further to my last comment, when this disgusting party political action was exposed in the last National elections I seen to remember that Susan Kramer then totally denied this man had anything to do with the Liberal Democrats are they now saying that wasn't true either. If so is there no end to this Parties underhand, devious behaviour, even at their top level.
Further to my last comment, when this disgusting party political action was exposed in the last National elections I seen to remember that Susan Kramer then totally denied this man had anything to do with the Liberal Democrats are they now saying that wasn't true either. If so is there no end to this Parties underhand, devious behaviour, even at their top level. R Batson
  • Score: 4

12:05am Sat 15 Feb 14

RMcGeddon says...

It's interesting to note here http://bit.ly/1dR4AE
6 that the LibDems again lost their deposit last night in Wythenshawe and that this result was the worst for them since 1945.

As the LibDems face up to the prospect of annihilation in the May 2014 Council elections, expect to see them fight like cornered rats: viciously, mendaciously and despicably.
It's interesting to note here http://bit.ly/1dR4AE 6 that the LibDems again lost their deposit last night in Wythenshawe and that this result was the worst for them since 1945. As the LibDems face up to the prospect of annihilation in the May 2014 Council elections, expect to see them fight like cornered rats: viciously, mendaciously and despicably. RMcGeddon
  • Score: 3

6:52pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Jim White says...

A question for the Leader of Kingston's LibDem councillors, Councillor Liz Green, do you support Dan Falchikov as a LibDem candidate, given his blemished history? I will assume that support him if you fail to reply to this question.
A question for the Leader of Kingston's LibDem councillors, Councillor Liz Green, do you support Dan Falchikov as a LibDem candidate, given his blemished history? I will assume that support him if you fail to reply to this question. Jim White
  • Score: 3

9:50pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Dog whistle says...

Judging by his dismissive comment I suspect the only thing Mr Falchikov may have learnt is not to (allegedly) plot & gloat loudly on trains with a journalist nearby.
Judging by his dismissive comment I suspect the only thing Mr Falchikov may have learnt is not to (allegedly) plot & gloat loudly on trains with a journalist nearby. Dog whistle
  • Score: 4

10:06pm Sat 15 Feb 14

captain-shamrock says...

Welcome back, Dan. Great to have you back on board.
Welcome back, Dan. Great to have you back on board. captain-shamrock
  • Score: -4

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