Footage of a Brexit Party campaigner being kicked out of a Morrisons supermarket in Denton, Manchester has gone viral.
The man who claimed to be the Brexit Party's parliamentary candidate for the area is shown in the clip clutching a stack of Brexit Party leaflets as he attempts to walk into the supermarket in order to get a cup of tea. At which point he is quickly rebuffed by a security guard who repeatedly tells him that he’s not allowed inside.
Undeterred the man makes several attempts to get inside before a shopper joins the security guard in telling the man to leave, at one point saying that there are ‘children inside’.
During the clip the Brexit Party activist can be heard saying:
I have a right to have a cup of tea in you store
The current Brexit Party candidate for Denton & Reddish is Martin Power who was previously a UKIP candidate for Blackley & Broughton. During his time as a UKIP candidate he was accused of distributing libellous campaign leaflets, with the offending comments scribbled out in biro. Yes, really.
The video currently has more than 400k views after it was shared on social media where users appeared split in their opinions.
Some applauded the security guard and Morrisons for not allowing their establishment to be used for political grounds.
Some also accused the clip of being staged.
Others however sided with the man and accused staff of overreacting and treating him unfairly due to his views on Brexit.
A spokesperson for Morrisons acknowledged the incident, telling The New European that the man was asked to leave after customers complained that he had been 'forcing' leaflets onto them.
The spokesperson said:
Customers in our store complained about the man in the video because he was forcing leaflets onto them. Electioneering doesn't take place in our stores.
He was asked to leave the store but wouldn't. The security guard, who is from a security company, over-reacted and we are dealing with this.
indy100 approached the Brexit Party to clarify whether or not the man in the clip was Brexit Party candidate Martin Power and to hear their side of the story, they responded with two words: "Not commenting."