General election blunder: Is this Jo Swinson’s bacon sandwich moment?

Posted on Nov 8 2019 - 2:50pm by admin

In recent years, party leaders have been under the spotlight for battling with their foods as badly as they battle the polls. Of course the most memorable political food-related faux pas was in 2014, when Ed Miliband caused a media storm with “bacon-gate”, when he was pictured eating a bacon sandwich.

The then-Labour leader was the subject of public ridicule after unflattering photos emerged of him struggling to eat a sandwich as he visited a cafe in London while campaigning.

The pictures saw Mr Miliband mocked relentlessly on Twitter and sparked a series of internet memes.

He later made light of the occasion, joking: “I am not from central casting. You can find people who are more square-jawed, more chiselled, look less like Wallace.

“You could probably even find people who look better eating a bacon sandwich.”

Jo Swinson awkwardly eating a marshmallow while on the campaign trail

Jo Swinson was seen (Image: REUTERS )

Jo Swinson

The Lib Dem leader’s grapple with the treat was reminiscent of Ed Miliband’s infamous butty gaffe (Image: PA)

In 2015, David Cameron caused outrage when he was spotted eating a hot dog with a knife and fork.

During a visit to a barbecue in Poole, the former prime minister was seen using cutlery for a traditionally hands-on snack.

While campaigning to be London mayor in 2016, Zac Goldsmith prompted ridicule for the way he was holding a beer during a visit to Brookes pub in Leadenhall Market with Boris Johnson.

The Eton-educated Tory was accused of holding a pint of beer like a champagne flute as he delicately sipped the drink.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon was also seen struggling to eat an ice cream while she took a break from campaigning in Edinburgh in 2017.

The First Minister was snapped chomping down on a whippy ice cream, but seem to find it difficult to stop it from dripping down her arm as it melted under the summer sun.

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