Thousands hear from Hillary Clinton at Cheltenham Literature Festival

Credit: ITV West Country

Thousands of people attended the Cheltenham Literature Festival to hear from the former first lady and US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

She was speaking about her new book which details the 2016 election she contested against Donald Trump.

In a 90 minute interview with Mariella Frostrup, Clinton blamed a costly online targeted campaign by Russians posing as Americans for her election defeat.

She also said a right wing press had exaggerated her use of private emails and Donald Trump fuelled fears over immigration.

Clinton said values seem to have changed - with many voters seeming to prefer the showbiz approach of her opponent.

"What they valued was calm and composure and a certain level of presentation so that they wouldn't scare the children when they were on tv, and yes maybe all that is out the window now."

The event was popular with attendees paying up to £50 for a ticket. Credit: ITV West Country

2,500 people paid between £40 and £50 to see Clinton and get a copy of her memoirs.

Some attendees brought merchandise from her campaign.

The former Secretary of State was warmly received by the Cheltenham crowd despite being an hour late.

Many people brought memorabilia from Clinton's presidential election campaign. Credit: ITV West Country