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Brexit voters are “racist” and ought to be put “firmly back in the box where they belong”, the Lib Dem operating towards Steve Barclay claimed in “sneering” social media rants uncovered by the Daily Express.

David Chalmers additionally stated he had “no friends who voted Leave” and needed “nothing to do with people of that kind” within the resurfaced diatribes.

He additionally rejoiced within the “best piece of news” that Boris Johnson’s political profession was “ending in tatters” when Michael Gove infamously stabbed the previous Etonian within the again with a shock Tory management bid after they gained the Brexit marketing campaign in 2016.

It comes after the Lib Dems revealed plans to tug the UK again into the EU’s orbit of their General Election manifesto launched this week.

And the celebration’s candidate hoping to oust the Environment Secretary in his North East Cambridgeshire constituency in contrast reversing Brexit to stopping “the Nazis in Germany” in one other unearthed tirade.

But Mr Barclay has hit again at his Lib Dem rival and launched a strong defence of the UK’s determination to vote to depart the EU and his report in Government.

He informed the Express: “I backed leave in the EU referendum and was proud, as Brexit Secretary, to sign the Brexit deal that finally ended our EU membership.

“As Defra Secretary, I’ve made sure we’ve used our Brexit freedoms to back British farmers with tailor-made support schemes.
“We need to make the most of our new-found independence and the opportunities created by Brexit to give this country a great future.”

Mr Chalmers did apologise for the “use of any language that has caused offence” when the feedback first got here to mild in 2019, saying: “All elected representatives and those that contest those positions have a responsibility to ensure that the tone of our public discourse is respectful and use appropriate language.”

But the unearthed Facebook posts have raised questions on his suitability to run as a candidate in former Brexit Secretary Mr Barclay’s constituency, which is a 70% Leave-backing seat.

Staunch Brexiteer Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg stated: “It shows contempt for voters and is a reminder that the holier than thou LibDems are neither liberal nor democratic.”

Former Tory chief Sir Iain Duncan-Smith stated: “That he has been picked to fight for the Liberal Democrats, tells you all you need to know about the nasty and bigoted views they hold.”

Meanwhile Conservative Laura Weldon described the remarks as “dehumanising”.

The Tory candidate for Pontefract, Castleford, Knottingley and Altofts went on to induce Mr Chalmers to interact with voters quite than “call them names”.

She stated: “People who voted Leave did so for a variety of reasons.

“I know in my area that heavily voted to leave immigration was a factor, but perhaps instead of just calling people names people like David could try and have a conversation about what’s really behind those concerns.”

An area Tory marketing campaign supply stated: “North East Cambridgeshire needs an MP who will stand up for local people, not a candidate parachuted in from Letchworth Garden City who does not understand the area.

“Out-of-touch sneering like this is best kept to Lib Dem dinner parties.”

Mr Chalmers has deleted a lot of his Facebook rants – however native campaigners stored a report of his outrageous posts.

In the now-deleted feedback, Mr Chalmers informed his Facebook followers that anybody he knew “coming out in support of the Leave camp” was a “narrow-minded xenophobic bigot”, and that Brexit was an opportunity to “put the narrow-minded xenophobic bigots firmly back in the box where they belong”.

The Remainer admitted: “I have no friends who voted to leave – I want nothing to do with people of that kind.”

He stated he would “have dealings” with Leave voters however “would not want to class them as friends” as a result of they stood alongside “racists and xenophobes” and “friendship is something built on respect and common basic values which I would not share with anyone who voted to leave”.

The Liberal Democrat candidate claimed: “Every racist will be voting for Brexit – we will be judged by the friends we keep.”

Sir Ed Davey’s candidate additionally stated that aged Leave voters had been “brainwashed” and that “unfortunately there is no reasoning with most old people and I am frankly quite shocked by their selfishness”.

He claimed that “especially for the men they see this as their last ditch attempt to wrestle back the clock and regain their power that the 21st century has taken away from”.

Mr Chalmers in contrast Brexit to Nazi Germany, saying: “We have to stop this – just as we stopped the Nazis in Germany and their sympathisers.”

The Liberal Democrat additionally stated “I just hope that those people who voted for Brexit are squirming with shame and guilt tonight as it dawns on them what they have done” and claimed Brexit-supporting politicians “lied and stoked hatred and racism across this country”, whereas praising civil servants attempting to dam Brexit.

A Liberal Democrat spokesperson stated: “David Chalmers apologised and took down these posts back in 2019. He’s now working hard to stand up for the people of North East Cambridgeshire who have been so badly let down by this Conservative government, from soaring mortgages to an NHS on the brink.”

Mr Chalmers was approached for remark.