MP Tim Farron plays the role of Nigel Farage in run-up to big TV political debate

MP Tim Farron plays the role of Nigel Farage in run-up to big TV political debate

Tim Farron

Nigel Farage

First published in News

TIM Farron has revealed the behind-the-scenes roleplay he took part in to prepare Nick Clegg for his televised tussle with UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

In an empty central London theatre, the Lakes MP donned the trademark purple tie of the Euro sceptic for a practice debate with the Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister ahead of the real thing.

Aides revealed that to prepare for the role as the UKIP leader, Mr Farron watched recordings of his public speaking with Farage winning plaudits for his man-of-the-world directness.

Mr Farron’s aides observed: “He’s very folksy considering he’s a former city trader who sold commodities, but manages to portray himself as the man down the pub.”

With Mr Clegg’s protection officers from Special Branch guarding the doors, the Lib Dem President and his party leader rehearsed for the BBC-screened debate.

During the debate, Mr Clegg landed some strong uppercuts - warning the audience that leaving the EU would lead to a ‘Billy-no-mates Britain’.

“It was the easiest thing I’ve ever had to do,” said Mr Farron afterwards.

“All you have to do to play Nigel Farage is think of the easiest and laziest thing to say and then come out with it. I roughed Nick up a bit – trying to be Nigel Farage and saying the sort of things he says,” he explained.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Nigel because he’s clear about what he says and what he stands for, but it’s extremely dangerous and he gives no consequence to the hundreds of jobs we would lose, even locally, if we came out of Europe.”

Media commentators and public opinion polls found Mr Farage comfortably came out more favourably.

You Gov gave it 68 per cent to the UKIP leader to Mr Clegg’s 27 per cent.

But Mr Farron said Mr Clegg had done well fighting the pro-European corner.

And he pointed out that neither David Cameron for the Conservatives nor Labour leader Ed Miliband had dared get in the ring with the man-of-the-moment of British politics.

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8:43pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Whatever you think of city traders, Mr Farage has done a real job outside politics. He hasn't been greased into a safe seat with docile voters in the same way that Neil Kinnock's 'red prince' son has recently been. I don't know what Mr Farron or Mr Clegg did in earlier life but they are both skilled at self-promotion and apparently nothing else. Opinion polls show that Mr Clegg got beaten twice in these debates, so Mr Farron should not be crowing about his role in the public failure of his party. Edward Heath took us into a Common Market - a European trade agreement. Nobody ever voted for loss of our national self-government. In a so-called democracy, that is immoral. If Mr Farron doesn't like democracy, he can move to North Korea or to Syria and teach debating skills to their lovely leaders.
Whatever you think of city traders, Mr Farage has done a real job outside politics. He hasn't been greased into a safe seat with docile voters in the same way that Neil Kinnock's 'red prince' son has recently been. I don't know what Mr Farron or Mr Clegg did in earlier life but they are both skilled at self-promotion and apparently nothing else. Opinion polls show that Mr Clegg got beaten twice in these debates, so Mr Farron should not be crowing about his role in the public failure of his party. Edward Heath took us into a Common Market - a European trade agreement. Nobody ever voted for loss of our national self-government. In a so-called democracy, that is immoral. If Mr Farron doesn't like democracy, he can move to North Korea or to Syria and teach debating skills to their lovely leaders. Milkbutnosugarplease
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6:52am Thu 10 Apr 14

hogheaven says...

Whatever you think of Nigel Farage, he has found a lot of support from the voters of this country. He is not afraid to say it as it is, and has the pulse of what people are thinking, We did not get a referendum on leaving the EU and probably never will, so much for democracy.I have a lot of time for Tim Farron but please dont waste it on Clegg if he cannot defend himself against plain talking from Nigel Farage ,he needs to look for another job
Whatever you think of Nigel Farage, he has found a lot of support from the voters of this country. He is not afraid to say it as it is, and has the pulse of what people are thinking, We did not get a referendum on leaving the EU and probably never will, so much for democracy.I have a lot of time for Tim Farron but please dont waste it on Clegg if he cannot defend himself against plain talking from Nigel Farage ,he needs to look for another job hogheaven
  • Score: 7

1:12am Sat 26 Apr 14

Aynuck says...

That went well then because Farage wiped the floor with Cleggers.
The Limp Dim leader committed political suicide when he was foolish enough to challenge the UKIP leader to a televised debate, even Clegg's supporters admitted that he was completely outclassed and lost the debate.
No wonder Cameron and Milliband don't want Nigel Farage to be allowed to participate in televised debates with them, they're scared stiff of Farage!
That went well then because Farage wiped the floor with Cleggers. The Limp Dim leader committed political suicide when he was foolish enough to challenge the UKIP leader to a televised debate, even Clegg's supporters admitted that he was completely outclassed and lost the debate. No wonder Cameron and Milliband don't want Nigel Farage to be allowed to participate in televised debates with them, they're scared stiff of Farage! Aynuck
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