Prime Minister David Cameron has chosen to visit Chester Zoo this lunchtime less than 24 hours before tomorrow’s general election revealing the importance of our constituency in the Conservatives’ battle plan.
This is the PM’s third visit to the city in recent weeks showing just how crucial it is for his party to hold Chester given Tory incumbent Stephen Mosley is vulnerable with a majority of just 2,583. Labour’s Chris Matheson says he is ‘pretty sure’ of taking the seat in tomorrow’s poll.
Mr Cameron is at the zoo to see how work is progressing on its £40m Islands attraction, which opens to the public in July, where he will no doubt pose for endless selfies.
Islands will be home to a number of animals classed as critically endangered in the wild and will include Monsoon Forest, the largest indoor zoo exhibit in the UK.
Cameron's previous visits
Mr Cameron recently visited Christleton High School which was 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.
And the PM recently announced that Christleton High has been given the go-ahead 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.
His first visit to Chester during this campaign was to Upton Heath CE Primary when he met staff and pupils delighted with a recent announcement that the school is to receive £2m from the Government’s flagship Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).
Upton Heath CE is one of 22 schools in the North West and 277 across England which will see their buildings refurbished or rebuilt with a share of £2bn.
Four Blacon schools – Blacon High School, Dee Point, JH Godwin and Highfield Community Primary Schools – are among 260 schools which received funding in the first phase of PSBP.
Chester has been a crucial battleground for both major parties with Labour leader Ed Miliband also visiting supporters at the 1539 restaurant at Chester racecourse before being mobbed by that hen party in City Road.