Nigel Farage has urged the BBC to sack its bosses for inviting a biased 'Corbynista' audience
The former Ukip leader said the broadcaster invited a “large number of paid up Corbynistas” who booed other parties but cheered for the Labour leader.
During the debate, which featured all major seven party leaders apart from Prime Minister Theresa May who was replaced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Mr Farage branded the BBC audience as “hard left-wing”.
The TV election debate – in pictures Wed, May 31, 2017
The televised debate saw Jeremy Corbyn, Amber Rudd, Paul Nuttall, Caroline Lucas, Angus Robertson, Tim Farron and Leanne Wood go toe-to-toe
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The politicians taking part in the debate
Why on earth are we forced to pay nearly £150 (quid) a year when they have a main debate like this
In a tweet, he said: “This is Deja Vu. In 2015 I called out the BBC audience for being hard left wing. It's even worse this time.
"The BBC audience was full of left wingers tonight and BBC executives should be sacked because of it."
He launched a full tirade on his LBC programme, attacking the BBC for taking the taxpayers money and providing an unbalanced election programme.
Mr Farage added: “There were a very large number of paid up Corbynistas in that audience. They were cheering him and thats fine provided you have balance.
“They were voluble they were impolite they booed one party leader in particular, frankly there should be sackings of senior BBC executives, quickly and in the longer term.
“Why on earth are we forced to pay nearly £150 (quid) a year when they have a main debate like this and produce that result.”
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Party leaders at the BBC General Election debate
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall joked he was talking to Momentum
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall joined in the accusations and jokingly tweeted that he felt like he was speaking to Momentum, a hard left activist group which grew out of Corbyn’s 2015 Labour leadership election win.
George Eaton, political editor of the Labour-supporting New Statesman magazine expressed his shock at the so-called biased audience and said: “This feels like the most left-wing audience in any TV debate.”
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Ms Rudd faced a wave of stinging attacks from all party leaders, who branded the Mrs May “gutless” for refusing to join the debate.
But Tory grandee Sir Nicholas Soames said the reaction of the audience vindicated Theresa May's decision to delegate the debate to Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
He insisted the Prime Minister was “absolutely right not to attend debate with typically rigged audience by the BBC”.