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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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.