Like Craig Murray, I don't really care where Chloe Smith, the Tory candidate for Norwich North was born, or at least I didn't care until the Tories started getting coy over exactly where she was born.
Craig Murray points out that the Tories seem totally unwilling to reveal where she was born despite claims in Tory leaflets that she is "Norfolk through and through". If that is the case, we have no problem with the Tory claims, but if it turns out not to be true, much as it was when they claimed the Tory candidate in the Romsey by-election was born and bred locally, the truth could undermine their campaign.
I remember being told when I visited Romsey that a member of the public had contacted the Lib Dems providing chapter and verse on where the Tory had been born. It was a gift for the Lib Dems in the last days of the campaign and hit the Tories hard.
If people think that the Tories have something to hide, that the Tory candidate is ashamed of her place of birth or that they have lied, it really will provide a gift to the opposition parties.
Of course, this could easily have been avoided if the Tories had made clear that Ms Smith was brought up in Norfolk since she was a teenager (true) and lives locally (true). Her place of birth would not be an issue. Perhaps the fact that April Pond, the Lib Dem candidate is a genuine local, with no embellishments, is worrying the Tory campaign ?
Update: Apparently she is from Colchester. So why so coy ? Why have the Tories allowed something that is not an issue become an issue ? Poor campain mangement. Is Grant Shapps in Norwich ?
Update 2 : No, she is from Kent.