Prime Minister David Cameron told The Chronicle of his own eyebrow-raising experiences at the hands of a hen party after the Labour leader was mobbed by hens in Chester at the weekend.
Mr Cameron, who yesterday visited top performing Christleton High School in support of Chester’s Tory candidate Stephen Mosley, was unaware of a much shared video of the hilarious incident involving Ed Miliband and ‘no idea’ whether the British public was finally warming to his ‘geek chic’.
Recalling his own story, he continued: “I once took a flight to Ibiza on holiday and there were hens on it and I’ve signed a lot of different things in my life, but I think I’ll leave it at that!”
Cameron: Christleton is a 'great school'
Christleton High is a fantastic success story having been graded outstanding by Ofsted in November 2014, a complete turnaround from a previous inspection in 2007 when it was made subject to special measures to improve standards.
To applause, Mr Cameron told a mini rally of supporters on school grounds there were 1m children in improving, good and outstanding schools and he wanted another 1m to benefit from ‘great schools’ like Christleton in the next parliament.
But now Christleton wants to open a controversial type of new free school called a studio school that will be sponsored by Bank of America Merill Lynch who employ 3,000 people at MBNA on Chester Business Park and were present at the Cameron event.
Critics claim free schools undermine the existing education system by taking money and pupils away from existing schools, but the PM hit back: “They don’t take any money away from existing schools because they are separately funded. The second point is that they have a good record of providing good new school places and that’s what we need. And the third point is this is exactly the sort of example of something that would come to a juddering halt if Ed Miliband got in because he’d cancel these new schools – studio schools and free schools – that we’re setting up.”
PM urges 'Vote for Stephen Mosley'
Mr Cameron urged people to vote for Stephen Mosley, who is seeking re-election as the city’s Tory MP, in the general election on May 7.
“They should vote for Stephen because he’s a very hard-working member of parliament. You see him all the time standing up for Chester and the north west. And if you look at what the Conservatives are delivering, the funding of the Halton curve, rail electrification, new schools and academies like this one, plus the fact that in the north west, actually there are 160,000 more people in work than when I became prime minister and the north west is growing faster than the rest of the country. Those are all good positive reasons to support us.”
Mr Mosley introduced the PM to the Tory crowd, saying: “We all know there’s one choice at this election and that’s who’s going to be prime minister. Now I know who I want to be prime minister and he’s stood next to me now.”
The theme of the Tory leader’s speech was the ‘need to stick to the economic plan’ and a warning it could be jeopardised by a Labour government. Miliband faced ‘wipe out’ in Scotland and would find it ‘almost impossible’ to gain an overall majority meaning a deal with the Scottish National Party was on the agenda.
“The Scottish National Party don’t wish Great Britain well. They want to break up our country so what they would do is present him with a list of demands for things they wanted done that might be of no benefit at all to the rest of the UK,” he claimed.
Headteacher Tony Lamberton said afterwards: “The current government have supported the school very well. When we converted to an academy they were supportive and we’ve had significant capital for building development and the visit today was a privilege, as it would be with any party.”