PM: It’s rude to refuse selfies

Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by The News Editor

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David Cameron has admitted he cannot refuse selfie snaps with voters, claiming it would be rude to turn down a request.

Explaining why he posed for the pictures, the Prime Minister said politicians were “in the business of trying to win people over”.

Appearing on ITV’s The Agenda, Mr Cameron also said he expected a large turnout in next year’s general election because voters faced a “very big choice” between him and Ed Miliband.

He also poked fun at the Labour leader and Ukip’s Nigel Farage by choosing an image of them in bed together for the mocked-up front page of a newspaper created as part of a feature on the show.

The Prime Minister warned in his conference speech that voters who “go to bed with Nigel Farage” will “wake up with Ed Miliband”.

He said: “We’ve had the wake-up selfies with pictures of people that have just woken up – very brave. And I told you that if you go to bed with Nigel then you could wake up with Ed Miliband and so I’ve got the wake up selfie.”

Mr Cameron has been criticised in the past for his readiness to pose for selfies – including a photograph taken by Danish counterpart Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the Nelson Mandela memorial event.

He told The Agenda: “I read this thing that ‘he never says no to a selfie’. It’s quite rude if someone asks you for a selfie and – you know, we politicians are in the business of trying to win people over – to say ‘no you can’t have one’.”

Looking ahead to next May’s general election, Mr Cameron said: “The difference between what Ed Miliband wants and what I want is quite profound and I think we will see a big turnout at the next election.

“I think there is a very big choice for Britain.”

Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by The News Editor

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