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Julian Borthwick is removed from the room after heckling the Prime Minister

Julian Borthwick is removed from the room after heckling the Prime Minister

Julian Borthwick, centre, is removed from the room after heckling Gordon Brown

Julian Borthwick, centre, is removed from the room after heckling Gordon Brown

Julian Borthwick is removed from the room after heckling Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Julian Borthwick is removed from the room after heckling Prime Minister Gordon Brown

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Julian Borthwick is removed from the room after heckling the Prime Minister

A heckler was forcibly removed from a Gordon Brown campaign event after shouting at the Prime Minister: "What about that bigoted woman?"

Julian Borthwick, 38, was manhandled from the room by Labour activists after interrupting Mr Brown's speech with his reference to the Gillian Duffy row.

The Prime Minister's police protection then escorted him from the property as party supporters cheered Mr Brown off from the event at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.

Mr Borthwick, an Oxford law graduate, had heckled the premier with comments including "we're broke" and "what about that bigoted woman?"

Mr Brown continued with his speech, only saying that there would be "plenty of time" to ask questions afterwards.

Mr Borthwick said afterwards he was angry that the Prime Minister had such limited contact with the public while he was on the campaign trail.

The ICT worker, who comes from Sunderland but lives in London, said: "It's the fact that it's been such a controlled campaign.

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"Real politicians are going around talking to real people and Mr Brown isn't doing that. Mr Brown needs to see real electors, not just hand-picked people."

As he was walked to the edge of the centre's car park by a police officer, he said: "This is what happens if you bump into the Prime Minister, you get walked off the premises."

Labour activists reacted furiously, one accusing him of being a "disgrace" to the area for interrupting the event.


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