Candidate attacked by dog while out on campaign trail
A TRADE unionist and socialist candidate has been bitten by a dog while out electioneering in Swansea.
Les Woodward, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition candidate for Gowerton ward, spent three days in hospital after being attacked by the animal whilst delivering election leaflets on Sunday.
The 58-year-old had his hand ripped open by the dog as he posted his election leaflet in Mount Pleasant, Gowerton.
Mr Woodward was with friend Ken Smith at around 11.15am on Sunday when the incident happened.
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He said: "I felt sick and really light headed.
"My friend Ken took me up to my house. I couldn't drive. We had to stop three to four times because I thought I was going to throw up."
Mr Woodward was bitten on his right hand and suffered injury to his ring finger and index finger.
He was admitted to Morriston Hospital and underwent an operation on Tuesday before being released.
Les works as a shop steward at the Remploy factory in Fforestfach which has been targeted for closure.
He is the National trade union convener for Remploy workers and is leading the fight to keep all the 54 Remploy factories open.
He said: "I am standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition because I have always fought against injustice and I firmly believe we should refuse to pay the price for an economic crisis that was caused by billionaire bankers, spivs and speculators.
"I must admit I expected to be attacked by my political opponents but not by a dog."
Mr Woodward did not see the dog which attacked him or speak to its owner.
He added: "I was more concerned about getting myself seen to."