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Woman arrested after Nigel Farage doused with milkshake outside pub

04 Jun 2024 3 minute read
Leader of Reform UK Nigel Farage has a drink thrown over him as he leaves the Moon and Starfish pub after launching his General Election campaign in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Photo James Manning/PA Wire

A 25-year-old woman has been arrested after Nigel Farage was doused with a drink outside a pub in Essex.

Images appear to show a McDonald’s banana milkshake being thrown at the Reform UK leader as he left the Moon and Starfish pub.

Mr Farage, who has been the target of “milkshaking” incidents before, had earlier addressed supporters at a rally in Clacton-on-Sea after announcing he would stand for election in the constituency.

The veteran Eurosceptic had been speaking to reporters in the pub after his rally at Clacton Pier.

He was seen with the yellow drink splattered across his dark blue suit as he boarded his campaign bus.


A 25-year-old woman, from Clacton, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault, Essex Police said.

While officers were detaining the suspect, a man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker, the force added.

They both remain in custody for questioning.

“It was reported a man had a drink thrown over him as he left a premises in the area,” a police statement said.

Richard Tice, Mr Farage’s predecessor as Reform UK leader, said: “The juvenile moron who threw a drink over Nigel has just gained us hundreds of thousands more votes.

“We will not be bullied or threatened off the campaign trail.”


ConservativeHome founder Tim Montgomerie said the woman should be “properly punished”.

Writing on X, he continued: “MPs and candidates deserve much more protection in the era when both Jo Cox and David Amess were murdered.”

The Reform leader appeared to make light of the incident later in the day when he posed for media with a tray of four McDonald’s banana milkshakes during a visit to Jaywick in Essex.

Mr Farage had a £5.25 Five Guys banana and salted caramel milkshake thrown at him in 2019 during a campaign walkabout in Newcastle.

Culprit Paul Crowther was ordered by a court to pay compensation to Mr Farage following the act.

He admitted assault and criminal damage to a £239 lapel microphone on Mr Farage’s suit.

“Milkshaking” – the act of dousing public figures in milkshake – was officially recognised by Collins Dictionary the same year.

English Defence League founder Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known as Tommy Robinson, and former Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin have also been involved in “milkshaking” incidents.

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13 hours ago

Classic tantrum from a woman-child who’e either too lazy or too dim to formulate a rational argument.

Padi Phillips
Padi Phillips
12 hours ago
Reply to  Adrian

How the hell can you have a rational argument with someone like Farij and his gang of knuckle-draggers? If there’s a crowdfund set up to pay her fine, then I’ll contribute! As for conflating the act of throwing a milkshake over someone with the attacks on Jo Cox and David Amess, the comparison is monstrous and trivialises those deaths. Is it okay to attack wannabe politicians in this way? Probably not, but given the damage that Farij and his ilk have done and will do to the UK being covered with milkshake is almost a nothing. The very maximum penalty… Read more »

Last edited 12 hours ago by Padi Phillips
11 hours ago
Reply to  Adrian

Totally agree with you

29 minutes ago
Reply to  Adrian

Farage, the man unable to debate and just make dangerous or stupid claims. Biggest lying career politician ever

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
12 hours ago

Other Milk Shakes are available from the ‘Milk Bar’…

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
10 hours ago

“MMMMM” “I’m Lovin’ iit” ! I knew a Macdonald’s banana milkshake was good for something! I wonder mind though, if he didn’t stage this incident himself for the publicity? Stay in the news, get more votes. Don’t fall for it – Reform are far right and dangerous.

Why vote
Why vote
10 hours ago

Only been standing for 24 hours and is getting free drinks already, top man how does he do it. All this free publicity.

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