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The Lib Dems’ Hugh Grant endorsement backfires

The Lib Dems' Hugh Grant endorsement backfires
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The Lib Dems unveiled their secret weapon to revive their flagging election campaign this week. The party managed to win the backing of actor Hugh Grant, who joined Lib Dem candidates Luciana Berger and Chuka Umunna on the campaign trail to plug a so-called 'Remain Alliance' between several parties to keep the Tories out of power.

Only it looks as though there might already be trouble in paradise. In a gloating post on social media, the Lib Dems showed off their celebrity backer this morning and wrote that 'only the Lib Dems can take seats off the Tories'.

But their refusal to point out that Grant was actually supporting tactical voting and therefore any Remain party able to beat the Conservatives in individual seats, seemed to spectacularly misfire when the actor himself pointed out that the party's statement was 'not true'.

https://twitter.com/HackedOffHugh/status/1201816905151078400

The poor Lib Dems: they're just a political party, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love them...

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from Westminster and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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