Angry caller confronts hypocrite Lord Lawson over French residency

PUBLISHED: 12:01 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:36 12 October 2018

Lord Lawson on Iain Dale's programme (Photograph: LBC)

Lord Lawson on Iain Dale's programme (Photograph: LBC)

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An angry caller has confronted Vote Leave chair Lord Lawson for applying to live in France permanently whilst criticising the EU.

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The Conservative peer and former chancellor continues to commute to the House of Lords from his home in Gers, in the south of France.

Speaking on LBC, the caller asked: “If and when we do Brexit, is Nigel intending to come back to Britain or will the restrictions only apply to ordinary Brits?”

Presenter Iain Dale joked: “Somebody wants you to come back home, Nigel.”

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Lord Lawson responded: “Isn’t that touching!”

He continued: “Brexit is not about me.

“It’s about the British people as a whole and your listener might be interested to know the great majority of British people actually live in Britain.

“I’ve always devoted my life as a politician to doing what is right for the British people.

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“It might be more convenient for me if we remain the European Union, but I don’t do what is more convenient for me.”

Lawson had said that he applied for French residency because he was “asked by the French authority to do so”.

He said: “It is well known that I live in France and have done so for many years and have referred to this in the House of Lords and elsewhere.

“It was the French authorities who told me that I should apply for a carte de sejour. Nothing else has changed.”

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