Louis Stedman-Bryce, the Brexit Party’s lead candidate in Scotland, branded veteran BBC host Andrew Marr an “imbecile” and claimed the broadcaster is ignoring “history in the making”. The accusation comes after a confrontational exchange between Nigel Farage and Marr last Sunday. The Brexit Party leader said the broadcaster was in “denial” about public anger over Brexit during his appearance on The Andrew Marr Show.
Mr Farage also accused the BBC presenter of “ludicrous” questioning after he was quizzed about a range of past comments, including his views on NHS privatisation and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mr Stedman-Bryce believes the BBC is using the alleged smears to airbrush the Brexit Party out of the history books.
Speaking to Express.co.uk ahead of the May 23 euro poll, he said: “Marr looked like a total imbecile because we are seeing history in the making here.
“No one single party has been able to form in less than a month, build a national campaign to this scale, raise £2 million and have a subscription close to the levels of the SNP and Conservative party, who have both been around for years.
“They’re trying to steer us away from that, they don’t want to focus on our success or what is going on.”
Mr Stedman-Bryce is one of 69 Brexit Party candidates standing to win a seat in the European Parliament after Theresa May failed to deliver Britain’s EU divorce in time.
In Scotland, the 44-year-old businessman wants to speak out for the “forgotten one million” who voted for Brexit in the country.
He also wants to breakdown the negative stigma and comparisons to Ukip surrounding the Brexit party.
As a gay, black man, Mr Stedman-Byrce is sick of Brexit voters being stereotyped as homophobic and racist.
“If you look at Ukip, there’s a lot of people that won’t vote for them because they aren’t seen as an acceptable party to go for,” he said.
“What we are seeing with the Brexit Party is a real diverse array of candidates and members to the party.
“We are sick and tried of this whole focus on us being these racist, homophobic and nasty people – it’s just not true.”
Mr Stedman-Bryce is planning to reach out to Scottish Brexit voters in the hope of offering them a new political home.
He added: “I call them the forgotten one million, they’ve been left behind and aren’t represented. There isn’t a viable party in Scotland that speaks for these people.
“When you look at the 1.6 million people who voted to remain versus the one million who voted to leave, that’s a huge amount given the population of Scotland.
“In 2017, the SNP received 977,000 votes in the general election and returned 35 MPs into Westminster with that figure.
“With them trying to diminish and undermine the importance of the Brexit vote, they don’t even mention their own mandate – the Scottish people – because more people voted to leave the EU than voted for the government in power in Scotland.”