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Watch: Lib Dems stick oar in to Sunak’s riverside campaign visit

03 Jun 2024 2 minute read
Lib Dems photobomb Rishi Sunak whilst on the campaign trail

The Liberal Democrats stuck their oar in to Rishi Sunak’s riverside campaign visit on Monday, with deputy leader Daisy Cooper photobombing the Prime Minister in a boat.

Mr Sunak appeared not to realise that activists from the rival party had gatecrashed his trip as he spoke to voters at a rowing club in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

While the Prime Minister was being filmed by broadcasters, Ms Cooper and other Lib Dem campaigners could be seen sailing past in the background waving orange diamond-shaped placards.

A Lib Dem source said: “This is just another small boat Rishi Sunak can’t deal with.”

The PM immediately hit back, posting on X, formerly Twitter: “Classic Lib Dems, always selling voters down the river.”

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Both parties are campaigning heavily in so-called “blue wall” seats in southern England, with Sir Ed Davey’s party hoping to snap up votes in Tory heartlands by focusing on issues such as health and the environment.

Mr Sunak was joined on his visit by two Conservative candidates for nearby constituencies: Caroline Newton for Henley, and Lucy Demery for Wokingham.

The Prime Minister cleaned down the hull of a rowing craft and stopped for a cup of tea on the riverside where he spoke to members about their time at the club.

It comes as the Tories on Monday announced a campaign proposal to change the Equality Act to make clear sex means “biological sex” rather than gender.

Meanwhile, the Lib Dems’ nautical stunt follows a party pledge to protect rivers and coastlines with protected marine areas and a new Blue Flag status for rivers.

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Alan Jones
Alan Jones
14 days ago

“Selling voters down the river” says sunak as opposed to selling Britain to dodgy hedge fund investors, government members of other countries & regimes plus their rich mates of course. The irony meter can’t keep up mun.

14 days ago

Rishi is daft but LibDems are even dafter. Just attention seeking. I guess that’s what you get when the content isn’t up to much.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
14 days ago

The one time that lib-dems truly did “sell voters down the river” was when they went into coalition with the tories.

You can’t trust them to not do so again in the future!

Rhddwen y Sais
Rhddwen y Sais
14 days ago

Did not know Libdems had an oar. I thought Cleggers the great took it with him.

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