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By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

May 14, 2015 | 1 min read

BBC reporter Norman Smith made an agonising error during a live broadcast the news that Ukip leader Nigel Farage is facing a leadership coup.

Following Nigel Farage’s post-election resignation - and ‘unresignation’ much to the amusement of social media users – political reporter Norman Smith let slip the c-word when discussing Ukip's leadership battle which could see MP Douglas Carswell take over

Quoting Ukip campaign director Patrick O’Flynn who said there was a danger that under Farage Ukip could become “an absolutist monarchy personality cult", Smith found himself tongue-twisted on the word cult.

Smith corrected himself, seemingly taken aback by the slip up, continuing the report as if nothing had happened.

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