BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker appeared baffled as Jo Swinson suggested she missed out on the chance of becoming Prime Minister because of Nigel Farage helping out the Prime Minister. The Brexit Party leader last month announced he would stand down 317 candidates in Tory-held seats to help Boris Johnson secure a majority at the upcoming election. But the BBC Breakfast host seemed unconvinced by Ms Swinson’s claim: “To extrapolate what you’re saying, you are saying you could have been Prime Minister if it wasn’t for Nigel Farage and this deal with the Tories.
“Are you saying if that hadn’t happened, you could have been Prime Minister?”
The Liberal Democrats’ leader insisted she had begun her campaign “with ambition” and Mr Farage’s intervention seemingly derailed her plan to stop Mr Johnson from returning to Number 10.
But Mr Walker hit back: “There’s nothing wrong with ambition. It’s about realism, isn’t it?”
Ms Swinson said: “I am saying the deal between Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage massively changed the electoral arithmetic because it basically changed the winning post.
“There’s a lot at stake in this election. There’s a genuine opportunity to do something different, to create a different future where we’ll remain in the European Union and we have all of the benefits for prosperity.
“And more money for our public services, to be able to get on to tackling the climate change emergency, working with other countries. I want that future.”
Polls have consistently shown the Lib Dems trailing behind both the Conservatives and Labour, with Boris Johnson leading over the Opposition with a majority of at least five percent in most voting intention surveys.