Julia Hartley-Brewer grilled Vince Cable over his comments about Brexiteers this morning, saying Leavers weren't racist and many people just didn't want to join his party.
In a speech to the Lib Dem spring conference in Southport, Cable said “too many [Brexit voters] were driven by a nostalgia for a world where passports were blue, faces were white, and the map was coloured imperial pink." He also suggested that such people motivated by a sense of victimhood.
Cable denied that he had called Brexiteers racist, but insisted that many had been motivated by "nostalgia for the past" and he and his party wanted to be "forward-living."
He added that many Leave voters were older people, who had "some regret for the way the country has changed and is more multicultural and diverse, in a way that some people just do not like."
However Julia asked Cable how he could hold this view given "nearly half of 25 to 49-year-olds who also voted to leave, the one in four 18 to 24-year-olds and, crucially, the one in three people who are of ethnic minorities?"
She also pointed out that, rather than being a protest about immigrants from non-white former colonies, "anti-EU feeling had been growing at a time when we had mass immigration from the EU, from largely other, white countries."
As the interview got more heated, Julia put it to Cable that "maybe some people just don't want to join your party and don't support your aims." However Cable responded by saying that "I think you're getting into rant mode."