British PM calls voter 'bigoted woman' on campaign trail

28th April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Prime Minister Gordon Brown was caught out calling a voter a "bigoted woman" on the campaign trail Wednesday for Britain's May 6 election.

Brown was meeting voters in Rochdale, northwest England, when he encountered an elderly widow and had a discussion with her about issues including tax.

Immediately after the conversation, he got into his car and was driven away but was still wearing a microphone, allowing broadcasters to pick up a discussion he had with an aide about the encounter.

"That was a disaster," Brown said. "Should never have put me with that woman -- whose idea was that?" He added: "She was just a sort of bigoted woman."

Brown's ruling Labour party is currently third in most opinion polls, behind the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

© 2010 AFP

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