Olney abandons challenging interview

Shortly after winning the Richmond Park by-election, Sarah Olney did an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer:

JHB: When is the second by-election going to be held?

SO: What do you mean?

JHB: Well, we don’t really know if voters knew what they were voting for when they voted for you, so should we have a second ballot? You want a second EU referendum don’t you?

SO: I was very clear in my campaign what I was voting for and the voters have returned me to Parliament with a very clear mandate.

JHB: A clear mandate — but less than 50 pc of the people voted for you. Are you sure you have that mandate?

The interview continues in this vein until a political aid pulls Olney out of the interview. Apparently, she had another interview to get to…