Tory leader heckled in Romsey

Not a good day for Con-Lib Dem relations.

In a rare unscripted moment during this year's election campaign, David Cameron was heckled this morning over his school and tax policies. The incident, captured by Channel 4 News, shows the Conservative Party leader fending off a verbal assault from a Lib Dem supporter as he was out canvassing for Romsey and Southampton North PPC Caroline Nokes.

It's a bizarre exchange - at one stage Cameron accuses the woman of having an "unattractive salute", while the heckler herself is convinced Tory party activists have stolen her bag. Meanwhile, one of those activists (not the bag snatcher, you understand) tries and fails to shut the woman up by placing a "Cameron 2010" placard in her face.

Democracy in action, folks.



Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 

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Tory Brexiter Daniel Hannan: Leave campaign never promised "radical decline" in immigration

The voters might not agree...

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It was the Leave campaign's pledge to reduce EU immigration that won it the referendum. But Daniel Hannan struck a rather different tone on last night's Newsnight. "It means free movement of labour," the Conservative MEP said of the post-Brexit model he envisaged. An exasperated Evan Davis replied: “I’m sorry we’ve just been through three months of agony on the issue of immigration. The public have been led to believe that what they have voted for is an end to free movement." 

Hannan protested that EU migrants would lose "legal entitlements to live in other countries, to vote in other countries and to claim welfare and to have the same university tuition". But Davis wasn't backing down. "Why didn't you say this in the campaign? Why didn't you say in the campaign that you were wanting a scheme where we have free movement of labour? Come on, that's completely at odds with what the public think they have just voted for." 

Hannan concluded: "We never said there was going to be some radical decline ... we want a measure of control". Your Mole suspects many voters assumed otherwise. If immigration is barely changed, Hannan and others will soon be burned by the very fires they stoked. 

I'm a mole, innit.