Tim Farron is first party leader to be yelled at on the campaign trail

Written by David Singleton on 3 May 2017 in News
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Watch: The Lib Dem leader kept his cool when confronted by an angry Brexiteer.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has earned the dubious honour of being the first major party leader to be yelled at by a voter in the 2017 general election.

Farron beat Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon to the title when he was approached by an angry Brexit supporter during a campaign stop in Oxford.

Malcolm Baker celebrated his 65th birthday today by shouting at the Lib Dem leader and declaring that he would vote Tory for the first time in his life.

The irate senior citizen and former Labour voter yelled: “I tell you what, you keep going on all the time. I voted leave and I am proud to vote leave and I knew what I was voting for!”

 

 

 

 

Footage captured by Press Association shows that Farron managed to keep his cool by laughing off the abuse and claiming that “loads of my mates voted Leave”.

He also asked his opponent: “Have you got grandchildren? Are you proud they will inherit a poorer, less powerful, less secure country?”

But the Lib Dem leader was then accused of “running Britain down”.

The heated exchange comes a day after Theresa May survived a tricky encounter with a sceptical voter in Cornwall.  While visiting the St Austell and Newquay constituency, the prime minister was told that there should be more to the general election than Brexit.

The voter also told May: “It doesn’t help that Boris Johnson says Brexit is about selling haggis to the Americans.”

In recent years general election campaigns have become increasingly tightly controlled, with party bosses keen to avoid episodes such as Gordon Brown’s encounter with Gillian Duffy in 2010 and Tony Blair’s haranguing by Sharron Storer in 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture by: Sam Lister/PA Wire/PA Images.

 

 

 

 

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