Nigel Farage hit by milkshake during EU election campaign

Nigel Farage hit by milkshake during EU election campaign

The Brexit Party leader after he had been hit by the milkshake

Monday, May 20, 2019

Nigel Farage has been hit by a milkshake during European election campaigning in Newcastle.

The Brexit Party leader became the latest victim of a protest which has seen other European election candidates such as UKIP's Carl Benjamin and independent candidate Tommy Robinson suffer similar attacks.

Mr Farage was led away by security as the milkshake-thrower was dragged away by a Police Community Support Officer and was later seen in handcuffs.

Paul Crowther, 32, from Throckley, Newcastle, said it was a £5.25 Five Guys banana and salted caramel milkshake.

"I didn't know he was in town, I thought this is my only chance," he said. 

"It's a right of protest against people like him."

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.

In footage shot shortly after the incident, Mr Farage could be heard saying "how did you not stop that?" as his staff ushered him away from the scene.

Folllowing the attack, Mr Farage tweeted that "for a civilised democracy to work you need the losers consent". 

Mr Farage is standing as a Brexit Party candidate in the south east region.

He is stood against candidates from Change UK, Labour Party, Conservative Party, Green Party, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, UK EU Party, Socialist Party of Great Britain and independent candidates.

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