A Conservative MP has been embroiled in a row with an infamous Westminster heckler about who is the â€œvillage idiotâ€.
Andrew Bridgen was being interviewed by Faisal Islam on BBC Newsnight when he was dragged into a back-and-forth with Steve Bray, the campaigner notorious for shouting anti-Brexit and anti-government slogans during broadcast interviews.
Bray was holding up a placard which read â€œA Crock Of Shitâ€ as he barracked Bridgen while being questioned about government plans for the BBC.
When Islam brought up the â€œdistractionâ€ behind Bridgen on College Green, the MP described Bray as a â€œvillage idiotâ€.
Bray replied: â€œNo, the village idiot is in front of the camera. A liar, a cheat and a charlatan.â€
While the Tory MP and Newsnight host attempted to continue their interview, Bray added: â€œThatâ€™s you, Mr Bridgen.â€
In 2019, Bray stood as a general election candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Wales, but lost his deposit in the Cynon Valley seat.
Bridgen has been among many Tory backbench critics of the Beeb, railling against â€œthe BBCâ€™s ingrained anti-Conservative biasâ€.
The government on Monday confirmed a two-year freeze of the BBCâ€™s licence fee. The corporation said it will lead to â€œtougher choicesâ€ that will impact on viewers.
Bosses branded the move â€œdisappointingâ€ as culture secretary Nadine Dorries even came under criticism from her own side while arguing it was necessary to tackle the rising cost of living.
As she also confirmed a review of the licence feeâ€™s existence in the future, Labour accused the Cabinet minister of trying to distract from Boris Johnsonâ€™s woes while waging a â€œvendettaâ€ against the BBC.