Boris Johnson, the flamboyant Mayor of London, has arrived in Chester this afternoon (Wednesday, April 29) as the 2015 General Election campaign reaches its final week.
The man touted as a future Conservative Prime Minister joined sitting MP and Tory parliamentary candidate Stephen Mosley at the party’s Chester headquarters in Nicholas Street.
No itinerary of his visit has been issued but it is expected Mr Johnson will go on a walkabout through Chester city centre to show his support for Mr Mosley in what is regarded as a key election battleground as the Tories defend a slender 2,583 majority.
Chronicle reporters David Holmes and Carmella De Lucia are joining his entourage and will be reporting from the scene.
The popular but often controversial politician is hoping to become an MP himself as he is standing for the Tories in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, the seat formerly occupied by Sir Winston Churchill.
Mayor's second visit to Chester this year
This is the Mayor of London’s second visit to Chester in little more than a month. He was at Chester Racecourse at the end of March at an exclusive Tory party gathering which was also attended by former Chester MP Gyles Brandreth.
Mr Johnson is the latest in a long line of major political figures to have been spotted in the Chester area during this year’s campaign.
Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband were both in the city earlier this month while former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith went on a walkabout through Hoole and Upton on Tuesday (April 28).
Other political heavy hitters to have visited the Chester and Ellesmere Port area include Philip Hammond, Yvette Cooper, George Osborne, Frances Maude, John Prescott, Ed Balls, Harriet Harman, Chuka Ummuna, Liz Truss, Greg Clark, Luciana Berger, Alison McGovern and Tom Watson.
Interestingly, no major ‘stars’ from the Liberal Democrat or UKIP campaigns has so far visited the city although Green Party leader Natalie Bennett visited a couple of Chester high schools even though her party does not have a candidate standing in the parliamentary election.
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