THEY say politics is a mucky business and that was certainly true for Conservative parliamentary candidate Gurcharan Singh.
Mr Singh, who hopes to become Ealing Southall's next MP on May 6, discovered one of his election billboards in Uxbridge Road had been vandalised last week.
An image of Mr Singh, next to Conservative Party Leader David Cameron, has been smeared with what appears to be mud.
Mr Singh said: "Obviously I am saddened that people are causing this kind of damage. It is anti-social behaviour and I have reported it to the police. This obviously shows that some people are determined to try and derail my campaign but I am determined to do my best for the people of Southall."
Mr Singh, who is also a ward councillor for Southall, said this was the second bout of vandalism in days as another one of his election billboards in Southall Broadway had also been vandalised.
"This has caused at least £1,000 of damage. The boards will be replaced and repaired as soon as possible but politics is a mucky business."
Mr Singh is hoping to dethrone Labour opponent Virendra Sharma, current MP for Ealing Southall.
Also in the running is Nigel Bakhai for the Liberal Democrats and Suneil Basu for The Green Party.