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Tories launch investigation after tweet from candidate’s account says 16-year-old girls ‘have creamy, buttery smell’

A local Conservative party is investigating a tweet from the account of a candidate in the local elections which said 16-year-old girls have a “buttery, creamy” smell, The Independent can reveal.

A post on the Twitter account of Jonty Campbell, who has stood several times for Preston Conservatives in council elections, said: “Here’s the thing with girls 22 or under, they smell massively different to a girl of 28. Girls aged 16 to, say 23, have this buttery, creamy, slightly sweet smell that is unbelievably magnetic.”

The tweet, sent on Saturday night, was met with disgust online after a screengrab of it was shared by a journalist.

Andrew Pratt, chair of Preston Conservatives said: “The current tweet from [@CmdrJonty] is being investigated and a further statement will follow. This language and opinion about women and girls is completely unacceptable.”

Mr Campbell has contested seats on Preston Council for the Conservatives at least five times, most recently coming second to Labour in Ribbleton ward last month.

On Sunday he was listed on the Preston Conservatives website as the branches deputy-campaign chair but on Monday morning his listing was no longer there.

The local Labour party branch said he has a history of saying strange things.

The tweet was originally sent in reply to an account that had tweeted about a man leaving his partner for a 22-year-old Ukrainian refugee.

The account responded to Mr Campbell’s reply, saying “we aren’t dairy, we don’t spoil”.

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