A HUSBAND who posted flyers of his wife claiming she had committed adultery just days after their marriage is a former Conservative parliamentary candidate.
Ian Cuthbert stood as the prospective MP for the Washington and Sunderland West ward in the north of England and polled more than 8000 votes in the 2010 election, but came second to a Labour candidate.
The 46-year-old was also a Tory councillor at Sunderland City Council between 2007 and 2011 and a former deputy chair of its local Conservative Party.
Cuthbert – who distributed homemade leaflets showing estranged wife Alison Kidd in her underwear emblazoned with the phrase “lock up your husbands” - appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by putting up the flyers outside East Craigs Primary School last September.
Mother-of-two Ms Kidd, 34, who is divorcing Cuthbert, strongly denied the allegation she was unfaithful and accused him of “mental abuse”.
Cuthbert works for brewer Heineken at South Gyle and the company said he remains an employee despite his criminal conviction.
The father-of-one was elected a Tory councillor in Sunderland’s Washington East while his former wife, Angela, also represented the ward. Born in South Shields, Cuthbert trained as an accountant and later worked for upholstery retailer ScS and phone giant Orange. In the 2010 election, he was defeated by Sharon Hodgson, who polled 19,615 votes. Cuthbert got 8,157 votes.
Cuthbert’s former colleagues in Sunderland were reluctant to discuss his recent behaviour.
Councillor Robert Oliver, Tory group leader, said: “He’s no longer active in the Sunderland Conservative Party so we would prefer not to comment.”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. ”
The couple had been in a relationship for one year and eight months. Cuthbert, of Globe Park, Broxburn, could not be reached for comment.