Richmond MP dragged off air in car-crash radio interview

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Sarah Olney (YOUTUBE)

Sarah Olney was dragged off air in the middle of a car-crash radio interview after her Richmond by-election win.

The newly-elected MP, who beat former Tory Zac Goldsmith by almost 2,000 votes, had her interview cut short by her own press officer after talkRadio host Julia Hartley-Brewer grilled her over her views on Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The Liberal Democract was asked: “Voters knew what they were voting for in your by-election, they knew what they were voting for in the EU referendum.

“Why do we think that one election should be re-run and one shouldn’t?”

Ms Olney said that it wasn’t clear what people were voting for in the referendum “when they voted Leave”.

She said: “There was no clear manifesto for what happened to our membership of the single market or what happened to freedom of movement.”

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Julia Hartley-Brewer (YOUTUBE)

But Ms Hartley-Brewer fired back at the unprepared MP, pointing out that the remain campaign said Britain would leave the single market if the country voted out.

A flummoxed Ms Olney fell silent before an unnamed aide took over, claiming she had to leave for another interview.

He said: “I’m really sorry but Sarah Olney has to leave now.”

Ms Hartley-Brewer, furious at the MP’s easy escape, said Ms Olney should be able to “answer some simple questions” – but was told she had to leave.

The radio presenter added: “If she doesn’t want to answer questions from a radio station perhaps she is not fit to be an MP.”

The Liberal Democrats did not respond when asked for comment.

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