Nigel Farage has milkshake thrown over him after launching general election campaign

The newly-crowned Reform UK leader kicked off his general election campaign in Clacton on Tuesday

Jabed Ahmed
Tuesday 04 June 2024 16:22 BST
Nigel Farage was doused in a yellow drink on the steps of a pub
Nigel Farage was doused in a yellow drink on the steps of a pub (AFP via Getty Images)

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Nigel Farage has had a McDonalds milkshake thrown over him after launching his campaign for the general election.

A young woman approached the new Reform UK leader on the steps of a pub in Clacton before hurling the yellow-coloured drink over him.

She then smiled and casually walked away, with some onlookers applauding, as Mr Farage headed towards his campaign bus. It is not the first time Mr Farage has been hit with milkshakes by critics, having been similarly targeted in Newcastle in 2019.

The young woman hurled the drink at close range
The young woman hurled the drink at close range (EPA)
Mr Farage was drenched in the face by what appeared to be a milkshake
Mr Farage was drenched in the face by what appeared to be a milkshake (AFP via Getty Images)

Richard Tice, Mr Farage’s predecessor as Reform UK leader, expressed his anger at the incident, adding: “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.”

A member of staff at the Wetherspoons where the incident occurred suggested the thrower could have been lying in wait for the politician to arrive for an hour.

The Moon & Starfish worker, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Independent three police officers had just come into the pub looking for the woman who threw what is believed to be a banana-flavoured milkshake.

A member of staff at the Wetherspoons where the incident occurred claimed the thrower could have been for an hour for Mr Farage to arrive
A member of staff at the Wetherspoons where the incident occurred claimed the thrower could have been for an hour for Mr Farage to arrive (AFP via Getty Images)
The milkshake could be seen splattered over his suit as he boarded his campaign bus
The milkshake could be seen splattered over his suit as he boarded his campaign bus (Getty Images)

He said: “I saw liquid fly through the air and hit a few customers.”

Mr Farage had kicked off his general election campaign in the seaside town earlier on Tuesday, as he promised to be a “bloody nuisance” in Westminster.

He set out his goal for Reform UK to effectively take over the Conservative Party – and potentially put him in No 10 in future.

Shouts from the crowd included “get ‘em Nige” and “we love you Nigel”. He told those gathered: “Send me to Parliament to be a bloody nuisance.”

The drink was thrown from a McDonalds container
The drink was thrown from a McDonalds container (Getty Images)
The young woman could be seen smiling after hurling the milkshake in Mr Farage’s face
The young woman could be seen smiling after hurling the milkshake in Mr Farage’s face (Getty Images)

But Mr Farage did not have to go to Westminster to stir up chaos, as his supporters clashed with protestors over a sign that said: “Farage not welcome in Clacton”.

He said he would be a “champion” for Clacton, which he described as a “forgotten, end-of-the-line town”.

“I had to decide, do I want to stand as a Member of Parliament and spend every Friday working in Clacton? Huge decision for me, huge decision for me, I’ve decided, I do,” Mr Farage said.

“They supported me hugely in the Brexit referendum campaign, and they want someone to stand up for their beliefs, and they don’t see that in today’s Conservative Party, they certainly don’t see that in today’s Labour Party.

“I will be their champion on the national issues and on the local issues, having a national figure representing a forgotten, end-of-the-line town, who knows I may well be able to bring some investment and do some good.”

Mr Farage had beem mobbed by crowds at his campaign launch in Essex
Mr Farage had beem mobbed by crowds at his campaign launch in Essex (James Manning/PA Wire)

Reform UK has zeroed in on high immigration and Brexit as a key issue on which to challenge the Conservative Party.

Speaking earlier at the rally, Mr Farage said: “We made an offer to the British people, we could get back our independence and control of our borders.

“But what has happened? The Conservatives have betrayed that trust. They’ve opened up the borders to mass immigration like we’ve never seen before. And they deserve to pay a price for that, a big price for that.”

  • On Tuesday afternoon, police issued a statement saying a 25-year-old woman, from Clacton, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. While officers were responding and making this arrest, a second individual, a man, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker, a spokesperson added.

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