‘How did you not stop that?’ Nigel Farage vents fury at his security as he is pelted with MILKSHAKE by ‘radicalised Remainers’ on European election visit to Newcastle
- Nigel Farage has been campaigning in Newcastle ahead of European elections
- Brexit Party leader pelted with milkshake as he walked through the city centre
- Earlier Mr Farage dismissed idea of pact with ‘untrustworthy’ Boris Johnson
Nigel Farage vented fury at his security and ‘radicalised Remainers’ today after he was pelted with milkshake on his European election tour.
The Brexit Party leader was covered in the drink by a protester as he made the latest stop of his campaign in Newcastle.
Mr Farage was heard saying ‘how did you not stop that?’ as he was bustled away by security, and an individual was put in handcuffs by police.
He tweeted afterwards: ‘Sadly some remainers have become radicalised, to the extent that normal campaigning is becoming impossible.’
Brexit minister James Cleverly also immediately condemned the episode, insisting that people should debate rather than ‘assault political opponents’.
Mr Farage joins the list of candidates who have fallen victim to a ‘milkshaking’, including Ukip’s Carl Benjamin and ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.
Last week, police apparently ordered a McDonald’s outlet near a Brexit Party campaign rally to stop selling milkshakes and ice cream.
The politician had just given a short speech at the city’s Monument as part of a tour of the country ahead of polling day on Thursday.
The Brexit Party leader was covered in the drink by a protester as he made the latest stop of his campaign
Mr Farage was left spluttering after the milkshake incident in Newcastle this afternoon
Mr Farage tweeted afterwards that normal campaigning was becoming ‘impossible’ due to the dangers of protests
Mr Farage was soaked after shaking hands with voters in Newcastle city centre this afternoon.
Footage of the incident shows the suspect, who had close-cropped hair, glasses and was wearing a Street Fighter 2 T-shirt, loitering in the background before whipping off the lid of his milkshake and hurling it at the Brexit Party leader’s midriff.
As police dragged the attacker away Mr Farage can be heard saying: ‘It’s complete failure. You could see that coming a mile off’.
It’s not clear if his barbed comments were aimed at police or his security team.
Mr Cleverly said some people thought it was acceptable to throw eggs and milkshakes at politicians they did not like, but not OK to pelt politicians they did like.
‘That’s called hypocrisy. How (about) debating rather than assaulting political opponents?’ he tweeted.
On a stop in Exeter earlier, Mr Farage took on Boris Johnson – warning he cannot be trusted to keep his promises.
He flatly rejected the idea of a pact with Mr Johnson if he takes over from Theresa May, pointing out that the former foreign secretary had voted for the PM’s deal.
Mr Farage also dismissed questions about the sources of funding for his new political outfit, saying rivals were just ‘jealous’.
The combative comments came as Mr Farage pushed on with his frantic campaigning ahead of crucial European elections this week – where the Brexit Party is on track to trample both the Tories and Labour.
Ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage was in Exeter today (pictured) for the latest leg of his European elections tour
Polls on voting intention for the European elections has underline the scale of the shift towards Mr Farage’s new party
Amid mounting panic in the Conservatives at the threat posed by the Brexit Party, some senior figures have been floating the idea of an electoral pact to help force through the UK’s departure from the EU.
But Mr Farage rubbished claims he could reach an understanding with Mr Johnson, who is now hot favourite to take over from Mrs May this summer.
‘When this appalling worst deal in history, new European treaty honed into view Boris wrote… quite rightly in my view, that it would lead to vassalage and we would become a slave state,’ Mr Farage said.
‘And then what did he do? Ah, yes, he voted for it. He tells us it is appalling and he votes for it and I worry that Boris puts party loyalty above his own conscience and what is good for the country.
‘And even if Boris says, ‘It’s OK Nigel, I didn’t really mean to vote for it…’, how can I trust what he says, how can I believe anything any of these two mainstream parties tell us after three years of, frankly, open lies and deceit?’
Former PM Gordon Brown has written to the Electoral Commission demanding an investigation into the Brexit Party’s finances, amid claims it could have received thousands of pounds in smaller donations from foreign sources.
Gifts can be paid via PayPal, and rules on identification of donors only apply to sums of £500 or more.
Above that sum ‘permissible donors’ must be listed on the UK electoral roll or a business registered at Companies House and operating in the UK.
Mr Farage rubbished claims he could reach an understanding with Mr Johnson, who is now hot favourite to take over from Mrs May this summer
Mr Johnson (pictured in Uxbridge last week) is the red hot favourite to take over from Theresa May in a leadership contest expected this summer
Mr Farage described the criticism of the Brexit Party’s sources of funding as ‘jealously’.
‘Absolutely disgusting smear. This from the man who was part of a Labour Party who through Lord Levy were making a lot of big donors members of the House of Lords,’ Mr Farage said.
‘How dare he? Most of our money has been raised by people giving £25 to become registered supporters and nearly 110,000 of them now have done that.
‘Frankly, this smacks of jealously because the other parties simply can’t do this.’
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