Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has spoken about his ‘surprise and amazement’ after a member of the public stopped him in the street, and appeared to know who he was. 
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has spoken about his ‘surprise and amazement’ after a member of the public stopped him in the street, and appeared to know who he was. Farron told a London press conference that a ‘complete stranger’ had come up to him whilst he was supporting the Lib Dem candidate for the Stoke by-election, and asked ‘aren’t you that bloke off the telly?’ 
 
Farron went on to admit that the stranger, a local plumber called Rob Martin, initially thought he recognised him from Crimewatch, and had to be persuaded not to call the police. However he went on to almost successfully identify the Lib Dem leader, describing him as ‘Tom Farron, you know that politician’. 
 
Farron told the press conference that he was both ‘surprised and delighted’ to be publically identified, adding that he had written to Lib Dem supporting comedian John Cleese to ask him for tips on ‘dealing with fame’. He added that if his career continued on its current course within a couple of years ‘someone might ask me for an autograph or even a selfie’. 
 
However when approached for comment Farron’s predecessor as Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, was more cautious. He noted that he’d been ‘recognised on the street for years now’ adding ‘but I wish I bloody wasn’t’ before showing us his collection of bruises. 
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