A LAST minute candidate for the Lib Dems in a marginal seat has previously featured in an S&M-style television ad, complete with a whip, suspenders and stockings.
Claire Malcomson was parachuted into the party to replace Tim Walker in Canterbury for the General Election candidate — and it appears she upholds very liberal values indeed.
Ms Malcolmson, who appears in a raunchy 30-second clip for a Belgian casino, told Kent Online: “You’re supposed to do these things in a liberal society.”
The clip begins with the prospective MP — who is an actress and part-time singer — dining at a restaurant with a fictional partner.
A flirtatious waitress slips Ms Malcolmson’s partner her number, which he promptly bins.
The scene then cuts to the previously sedate couple back at home.
But as the man gets ready for bed , Ms Malcolmson characters bursts into the bedroom rigged up in an S&M-style latex corset, elbow-length gloves and stockings with suspenders.
She cracks a whip against the bed as the pair exchange naughter glances before it cuts to the casino’s logo.
There’s nothing risqué about it… I’m fully clothed — I’ve got on tights on tights
Lib Dem candidate Claire Malcomson
The next scene shows the pair later seen sitting in bed and looking dishevelled as they access the betting website, whereupon the video ends.
Speaking to her local paper Kent Online about the racy ad, which was part of a lighthearted television campaign from 2014, said: “There’s nothing risqué about it.
“I think it’s the way people look at things. I’m fully clothed — I’ve got on tights on tights.
“If you can’t do things like that…you’re supposed to do them in a liberal society. It’s meant to be a joke.”
The advert has featured on Ms Malcomson’s website, which also links to her political Twitter profile.
The single mother-of-four is currently a district councillor in Dorking, Surrey.
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The actress turned politician said she would not consider appearing in such an advert again now as it could damage her “credibility”.
Ms Malcomson trained at LAMDA for three years and has acting credits for The Bill and Jonathan Creek.
Canterbury, which used to be a Conservative safeseat, is considered to be Kent’s most marginal one.