Riot Pauline in Lib Dem 'racism' row.
Byline: KAREN ROCKETT
THE "Heroine of Hackney" yesterday pulled out of the race to be Liberal Democrat president, claiming members are racist and patronising.
Pauline Pearce, 48, who won the nickname for her stand against yobs during the 2011 London Riots, accused the party of having "neanderthal" views.
She said in a video on her Facebook page: "I have realised this party isn't what I thought when it comes to diversity. I have been patronised and told I am not experienced enough."
Grandmother Pauline added: "Sadly, the Liberal Democrats like all political parties need to look again at their too-often neanderthal views on diversity, inclusivity and accessibility."
A party statement said: "We are saddened to hear this and urge Pauline to report her experiences. We will look at her concerns as a matter of urgency."