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Get your paws off! Lib Dem leader Ed Davey fails to stroke a cat in awkward campaign trail gaffe

Get your paws off! Lib Dem leader Ed Davey fails to stroke a cat in awkward campaign trail gaffe

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has provided amusement with his failed attempt to pet a cat while he was campaigning for local elections.

The 56-year-old is seen pointing at Mikee before he goes to his knees and suffers a stroke – only to the less friendly cat who backs off and leaves him hanging.

One photo shows the MP pointing at the cat’s face as it backs away from him while the owner, Watford resident Kate Allden, watches.

The exchange earns Sir Ed a place in the pantheon of politicians who have fallen victim to similarly awkward campaign photos, from Ed Miliband wrestling with a bacon sandwich to David Cameron eating a hot dog with a knife and fork.

Ed Davey pointed to Mikee the cat outside his owner Kate Allden's home in Watford before ducking in for a stroke

Ed Davey pointed to Mikee the cat outside his owner Kate Allden’s home in Watford before ducking in for a stroke

One photo shows the leader of the Lib Dem pointing to the cat's face as it backs away from him while Mrs. Allden watches

One photo shows the leader of the Lib Dem pointing to the cat’s face as it backs away from him while Mrs. Allden watches

In the run-up to the 2017 general election, Theresa May was filmed struggling to eat a bag of chips, while in 2019 Jeremy Corbyn was laughed at by a baby trying to hold his hand.

Sir Ed hopes yesterday’s incident will not make voters think about voting for his party in the local elections, which will take place on 5 May in Scotland, Wales and parts of England.

It came as he renewed his appeal today for the Prime Minister and Chancellor to resign, as the “trust in them that is so important in crises has disappeared” after they were fined for attending illegal parties in Downing Street.

He told the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme: ‘This is a government in crisis when our country is in crisis, especially with a cost of living emergency, and I think the Prime Minister and Chancellor should resign.

“They broke the law. They were dishonest. And I think the trust in them that is so important in crises has disappeared.’

Sir Ed added: ‘Let’s not forget that millions of people made enormous sacrifices during this period. If they had a party they would have been fined, they would have broken the law and the Prime Minister would have undoubtedly condemned them.

“And here was the Prime Minister and the Chancellor breaking the law, and the Met Police found that. After a thorough investigation, they concluded that a criminal offense had been committed.

“I don’t think you can have a prime minister who oversees the country, oversees the laws, passes laws that affect millions of people and cause huge problems, especially for bereaved families, and then get away with it.

“I think he should be held accountable. It is the duty of opposition parties such as the Liberal Democrats to hold this government accountable for both its law violations and its disastrous economic policies.”

From Theresa May’s potato chips to Ed Miliband’s battle with a bacon sarnie: a long list of campaign trail photo blunders

Jo Swinson was pictured wrestling a marshmallow during a 2019 visit to the Free Rangers Nursery in Midsomer Norton, Somerset

Jo Swinson was pictured wrestling a marshmallow during a 2019 visit to the Free Rangers Nursery in Midsomer Norton, Somerset

Politicians have repeatedly gotten into trouble during campaign photos – usually while trying to eat food.

Before the 2019 general election, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson was seen clumsily trying to eat a marshmallow, echoing Ed Miliband’s infamous battle with a bacon sarnie.

Ms Swinson was pictured struggling with the sweet treat while visiting Free Rangers Nursery in Midsomer Norton, Somerset.

The leader of the Lib Dem joined the likes of Nigel Farage, Theresa May, Zac Goldsmith and Ed Miliband who were caught clumsily eating food on the campaign trail.

Ahead of the European elections in May 2019, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage was pictured horribly cackling with his mouth open eating a piece of fruitcake.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May had her own problems, as she looked uneasy during the run-up to the 2017 general election in Cornwall as she tried to work out how to eat a bag of chips with cameras pointed at her.

Jeremy Corbyn tended to avoid food while campaigning as a Labor leader, but nevertheless took a fair share of awkward photos, most notably attempting to hold the hand of a frowning baby in 2019.

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is frostily welcomed by a baby after a speech at Lancaster University on 15 November 2019

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is frostily welcomed by a baby after a speech at Lancaster University on 15 November 2019

Nigel Farage was seen eating a piece of fruitcake ahead of the European elections in May 2019.

Nigel Farage was seen eating a piece of fruitcake ahead of the European elections in May 2019.

David Cameron was also mocked in 2015 for using a knife and fork to eat a hot dog at a campaign event - in an apparent effort to avoid falling into the same trap as Ed Miliband

David Cameron was also mocked in 2015 for using a knife and fork to eat a hot dog at a campaign event – in an apparent effort to avoid falling into the same trap as Ed Miliband

Miliband's infamous 'bacon sandwich' moment from 2014, when photographers capture him pulling a hilarious face while eating breakfast in the run-up to the local election

Miliband’s infamous ‘bacon sandwich’ moment from 2014, when photographers capture him pulling a hilarious face while eating breakfast in the run-up to the local election

Perhaps the most famous gaffe of them all was Ed Miliband’s 2014 “bacon sandwich” moment, when photographers capture him pulling a hilarious face while eating breakfast in the run-up to local elections.

While it wasn’t on the campaign trail, Mr Miliband’s brother David also got his own food wrong when he saw a banana grabbing from the bottom.

David Cameron was also mocked in 2015 for using a knife and fork to eat a hot dog at a campaign event – in an apparent effort to avoid falling into the same trap as Mr Miliband.

He was forced to deny that his eating style showed he was chic.

During the London mayoral competition in 2016, Zac Goldsmith was ridiculed for the way he held a beer.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May had her own problems, as she looked uneasy during the run-up to the 2017 general election in Cornwall as she tried to work out how to eat a bag of chips with cameras pointed at her.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May had her own problems, as she looked uneasy during the run-up to the 2017 general election in Cornwall as she tried to work out how to eat a bag of chips with cameras pointed at her.

Standing next to Boris Johnson, who normally held his pint, Mr. Goldsmith looked confused at what to do.

He seemed uneasy as he sipped the drink and held it with both hands.

The next to be caught could be Mr Johnson visiting the Tayto chips factory in Tandragee to round out his campaign day in three countries.

He helped sort potatoes, ate crisps and packaged crisps in the noisy factory.

While it wasn’t on the campaign trail, one of the most famous political photo blunders occurred in 2012 in the run-up to the Olympics, when Mayor Boris Johnson got stuck on a zip line.

During the London mayoral competition in 2016, Zac Goldsmith was ridiculed for the way he held a beer

During the London mayoral competition in 2016, Zac Goldsmith was ridiculed for the way he held a beer

Though it wasn't on the campaign trail, Boris Johnson got stuck on a funicular before London 2012 became an instant classic

Though it wasn’t on the campaign trail, Boris Johnson got stuck on a funicular before London 2012 became an instant classic

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