I dont think Leave voters are racist Tim Farron in astonishing argument

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has been accused of patronising behaviour after he was caught on video in a heated discussion with a voter while campaigning in Oxfordshire. The argument came about when 65-year-old Malcolm Baker branded a visibly annoyed Mr Farron a “disgrace” and accused the Lib Dem leader of calling Brexit voters racist.He said: “You think Leave voters are all racist”.Tim Farron replied: “Loads of my mates voted Leave and I don’t think they’re racist”.Mr Farron took Mr Baker, who said he thought Tim Farron was “running this country down” and that he hoped the Lib Dems secured only six seats. Not a great look for @timfarron to accuse a Leave voter of letting down his grandchildren.— Mark Wallace (@wallaceme) May 3, 2017 If @timfarron wants to win anything he needs to learn to stop grinning and patronising people. When will politicians learn to just listen? https://t.co/OwjEGhxUfO— CT (@IndoorHeroes) May 3, 2017 Tim Farron later said: “That wouldn’t have happened to Theresa May because she doesn’t talk to anybody normal. He added: “Don’t tell people who voted Leave that they didn’t know what they were voting for.”The pair parted with Mr Farron wishing Mr Baker, who turned 65 on Wednesday, a happy birthday.But the pensioner was not the only aggrieved voter to make their feelings known during the Oxford West campaign event. “I was wound up. He listened to me”: More from Malcolm Baker, the man who confronted @timfarron in Oxfordshire pic.twitter.com/iY1iYZzrcl— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 3, 2017 Happy Birthday to Malcolm. Unlike @theresa_may I don’t ship in activists or close my events. I am happy to meet & debate with anyone. https://t.co/W7V4Av0KtK— Tim Farron (@timfarron) May 3, 2017 The Lib Dem leader said: “Are you proud that [your grandchildren] will inherit a poorer, less powerful and less secure country?”Mr Baker angrily retorted: “I’m proud that they’ll be coming out of Europe and we’ll have our own policy and won’t have to pay a 100 billion bill to leave!”He then said: “I hope you only get six seats!”Mr Farron sarcastically replied: “Thank you very much!”Mr Baker said he had voted Labour all of his life, but was planning on voting for Theresa May.Tim Farron was out campaigning in the Oxford West constituency, which is currently held by Nicola Blackwood, a Conservative. Seventy per cent of voters in Oxfordshire  supported Remain at the EU referendum last June.One of the people out campaigning with Mr Farron branded the man a “f—-ing idiot” for saying he was planning on voting for Theresa May. Shortly before Mr Farron arrived in Kidlington High Street, a passer-by shouted at the group of Lib Dem activists waiting for the leader: “You and the coalition, bloody Cameron” before booing.But Mr Farron insisted the party is winning back the voters who deserted it last time round.”The canvassing that we have been doing already is very, very clear that people who are progressive minded voters don’t need any persuading to know that the Liberal Democrats have the only real hope for them in terms of beating a Conservative here and in terms of providing Britain with a different direction of travel from the one the Conservatives are taking us on.” “So, God bless him. He’s a regular human being”.Some Liberal Democrats booed Mr Baker. They were quickly rebuked by Tim Farron, who said: “Don’t boo him – we’re not Corbyn”.After initially walking off, Mr Baker returned for a less heated chat with Mr Farron, joking: “I’ve got no eggs on me whatsoever.”last_img read more