Bob Geldof backs Lib Dems and chants: Zac is crap!
Watch: The singer joined Lib Dem candidate Sarah Olney in Richmond.
Sir Bob Geldof has attempted to help the Liberal Democrat candidate ahead of tomorrow’s by-election in Richmond Park.
The singer and campaigner released a video attacking “poster boy” Zac Goldsmith, who triggered the by-election when he resigned over the Government’s decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow.
As he hit the campaign trail in Richmond, Geldof went further. He unleashed a less-than-complementary song about about the former Tory MP, telling crowds: "Zac is crap!"
Goldsmith is running as an independent, though the Conservative party has given him a free pass by declining to stand its own candidate against him. He is being challenged by Lib Dem candidate Sarah Olney, who is seeking to overturn the 23,000 majority won by Goldsmith last year.
In a film released before he hit the campaign trail, Geldof said: “I know Zac Goldsmith and I like the guy, but the plain fact is that Zac is a political failure,” he declared.
“Worst of all of is that he’s not only failed but betrayed the people of Richmond, who like the rest of London, voted overwhelmingly to stay in Europe.
“How can Goldsmith represent the opinion of the people of Richmond in Parliament when he is the poster-boy for the Brexiteers and is urging the government daily on its catastrophic course?
“The fightback can begin in Richmond tomorrow; Zac has to go.”
Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, welcomed the intervention and said it was time to “send a shockwave through Downing Street and turn the tide on a reckless hard Brexit” by electing Olney.
But one Tory minister took a rather different view. Stewart Jackson, who is parliamentary private secretary to Brexit secretary David Davis tweeted: "Now loudmouth multimillionaire soapdodger #BobGeldof is supporting the Lib Dems campaign in Richmond Park Haven't the voters suffered enough?"