Despite presenting himself as a man of the people, even Ukip leader Nigel Farage balks at the thought of appearing on TV without make up.
The party leader’s camp contacted London Live’s breakfast programme Wake Up London on Thursday to say he would love to appear on the show to talk about the upcoming local elections.
But the press officer also asked if the interviewer would ‘go easy’ on Nigel.
Logistics, time and location were agreed.
Yet as it emerged that no make up artist would be available prior to filming, his press team quickly backtracked.
The Wake Up London producer, who took the call, said: “ I got a call yesterday morning from a UKIP press officer saying that Nigel could come on for 6am to refute recent claims in the media.
“I said fine if he wants to come in. He replied will you go easy on him. I said that we were journalists so we would ask questions about the papers and local elections. The press person then said ‘do you have makeup?’
“I said no, but that could Nigel use a presenter’s make up. He said that Mr Farage can't come on unless we have a professional makeup artist and declined, so I said fine. I'm guessing other leaders would expect make up.”
A Ukip spokesperson said today: "No one in the Press Office has had any conversations on this and it is categorically untrue."