Tim Farron has admitetd he was left embarrassed when the expletive-ridden “F*** Tha Police” by NWA started blasting from his phone in a meeting.
The Liberal Democrat leader said he was talking with the chief executive of of his local NHS trust in Cumbria when the controversial song, which contains multiple swear words and approves violence against law enforcement, began to play.
Revealing the incident at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, Mr Farron said his children had been playing with his phone and had set the song as his ringtone.
The track was downloaded to his phone because he had been asked to review NWA’s Straight Outta Compton album for the RAM Album Club Website, he claimed. The site asks well-known figures to review albums they have never heard before.
"It is deservedly considered a classic, but it is a bit sweary," he told the conference.
"While I certainly admire Dr Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube, their approach to law and order is a little different to ours."
Recounting the event, he said: “There I was in my office in Kendal meeting with the chief executive of the local NHS trust, when my phone went off and we were all treated to a quick burst of 'eff the police' – which was lovely."
He said he had narrowly avoided playing the track to a senior policeman: "Almost a pity that I wasn't due to meet Kendal's chief constable until later that day,” he added.
The Liberal Democrat leader has recently insisted his critics should should respect his Christian beliefs.
He said he did not understand why people were critical of his refusal to say whether he thought gay sex was sinful.
When asked whether he understood his critics' concern, he said: "No, is the honest answer
"I think people look at my liberalism, my desire to support people's rights to make whatever choices they want, and I kind of also expect in the same way people - maybe it's a naive expectation - to respect my beliefs as a Christian.”
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