Nigel Farage told to stop pub interview

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was asked to stop campaigning in a pub today as he tried to launch his party's European Election push in the West Country.

Farage arrived at The Bell Inn on Walcot Street in Bath, Somerset, with a BBC film crew in tow.

Jamie Matthews, the pub's senior manager, asked Mr Farage and his entourage to stop filming after telling them it was "inappropriate".

Nigel Farage was told he could drink, but not campaign, in the pub. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

Mr Matthews used the pub's Facebook page to explain why he called a halt to the interview - insisting he did not kick Mr Farage out of the pub.

"Just had UKIP leader Nigel Farage and his be-suited henchmen in the pub," Mr Matthews wrote.

"Avoiding any actual political argument, I told him that he was welcome as a citizen to have a pint - we are, after all, a public house - but it was inappropriate for him to be using our premises for his hustings."