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Nigel Farage’s newest rally was disrupted after political activists lowered a remote-controlled banner exhibiting Vladimir Putin behind him whereas he spoke.

While speaking at The Columbine Centre in Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex, the Reform UK chief was initially unaware that the Russian president was on the poster, with the phrases ‘I heart Nigel’ written beneath.

He might be heard asking “Who put that up there?” earlier than joking: “Someone at The Columbine Centre needs to get the sack”. Two workers members tried to eliminate the banner, whereas viewers members cheered and chanted “Rip it down”.

On their social media web page, the group Led By Donkeys, who’ve beforehand focused Mr Farage, wrote: “We just dropped in on Farage’s election rally with a beaming picture of Putin. Nigel was not pleased.”

Mr Farage has beforehand come beneath scrutiny for his feedback on Putin, who has been president or prime minister of Russia since 1999.

When beforehand requested about him, Mr Farage informed the BBC’s Nick Robinson: “I said I disliked him as a person, but I admired him as a political operator because he’s managed to take control of running Russia.”

He just lately grew to become embroiled in a disagreement with former prime minister Boris Johnson, after he mentioned that the West provoked Russia’s to invade Ukraine.

Writing within the Telegraph final Saturday, he urged readers to not “blame” him for “telling the truth about Putin’s war”.

Reform UK leader Nigel Farage said he would ‘never, ever defend’ Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he ramped up his row with former prime minister Boris Johnson (Jordan Pettitt/PA)
Reform UK chief Nigel Farage mentioned he would ‘never, ever defend’ Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he ramped up his row with former prime minister Boris Johnson (Jordan Pettitt/PA) (PA Wire)

Mr Johnson shared the article on X, previously Twitter, calling Mr Farage’s views “morally repugnant”.

Referring to the Telegraph article, he wrote: “This is nauseating historical drivel and more Kremlin propaganda.”

In Kent on Monday, Mr Farage mentioned he had been “more far-sighted” in predicting a struggle in Ukraine, telling the gang: “This has been turned into ‘Farage makes outrageous statement’, ‘Farage defends Putin’ – well, I’ve done none of those things.

“I would never, ever defend Putin and I think his behaviour in Ukraine and elsewhere has been reprehensible.

“But if we’re going to think towards a peace at some time in the not too distant future, perhaps it might be helpful to understand what went wrong in the first place.”

The Reform UK leader was holding a rally in Essex on Saturday (Paul Marriott/PA)
The Reform UK chief was holding a rally in Essex on Saturday (Paul Marriott/PA) (PA Wire)

Turning his fireplace on the previous prime minister, Mr Farage mentioned: “Well, perhaps it’s Boris Johnson that’s morally repugnant and not me, I don’t know. But can you see the sheer level of hypocrisy? Can you see the nonsense of all of this?”

He added: “This man will go down as the worst prime minister of modern times. A man who betrayed an 80-seat majority. Who opened the door to mass immigration? Boris Johnson. Who betrayed the will of Brexit voters? It was Boris Johnson. He pretended to be a Conservative but he governed as a Green.”

Home Secretary James Cleverly accused Mr Farage of “echoing Putin’s vile justification for the brutal invasion of Ukraine” and shadow defence secretary John Healey mentioned Mr Farage is “a Putin apologist who should never be trusted with our nation’s security”.