Five things that happened when Boris Johnson visited Bristol and the South West

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It’s been an eventful day for the Prime Minister as his election campaign toured the South West.

From a cancelled visit to a bakery due to protests to getting held up in Bristol’s rush hour traffic, the PM was caught in a number of tricky situations today (November 14).

And to make sure you haven’t missed any of the highlights from his whistle-stop visit we have rounded up what Boris Johnson got up to today.

His planned Glastonbury stop was called off amid security concerns

Mr Johnson was scheduled to visit Burns the Bread in Glastonbury at lunchtime, but it he did not turn up due to “security concerns raised by the police”.

 

More than 100 protesters gathered outside the location, and police formed a line in front of them as they chanted and waved banners and placards.

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Banners at the scene read: “Greedy Fat Tory Clown”, “Tory Policy Kills” and Bojo Trump B***h”.

There was also a group of Johnson supporters at the location, and police at the scene separated the two crowds.

He got stuck in Bristol’s rush hour traffic

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Bristol Live office (Image: Dan Regan/BristolLive)

After a visit to meet the owners of the Bristol Port Company, who earlier this year donated £25,000 to Mr Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign, the PM set off by road from Avonmouth to the Bristol Live offices near Old Market.

But it seems no one warned him of the potential traffic nightmare he could face attempting to drive across the city during the evening rush hour – especially on a wet day.

 

Speaking to Bristol Live he said he had faced “a bit of an issue with traffic” and that he “understood people’s frustrations”.

He said the Conservative Party had a plan for transport and infrastructure investment and that he was “happy to work with people here in Bristol to get it going.

He sang ‘Wheels on the Bus’ with kids in Taunton

While campaigning with MP Rebecca Pow, who has held the Taunton Deane seat for the Conservatives since 2015, he visited a school where he attempted to sit down and sing the famous nursery rhyme with pupils before saying “the wheels are staying very firmly on the bus.”

Mrs Pow replied: “I think the kids are better at singing than the Prime Minister.”

 

He didn’t rule out a hung parliament pact with Nigel Farage

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Boris at Wells bakery

While visiting a bakery in Wells the PM refused to say whether he would be willing to rely on the support of other pro-Brexit parties if the Tories did not win enough seats on December 12, reports Somerset Live.

Mr Johnson said he was “fighting for a working majority” in the House of Commons which would allow him to get Brexit through.

He took a spin on a tug boat

During his visit to Bristol Port, the Prime Minister met with the owners, who have been financially supportive of both himself and the Tory Party, and was taken out for a spin on a tug boat.

Earlier this year Mr Johnson announced plans to create a number of free ports – also called free trade zones – where the tax rules of the country in which they are located don’t apply.

This would mean goods could be imported and re-exported without needing checks, paperwork or paying tariffs.

 

Once the UK leaves the EU , seaports and airports across the UK will be invited to bid to become one of these free ports with the aim of increasing trade with new markets across the world.

The Prime Minister said that a Conservative government would be looking to start with six free ports initially and that Bristol would “probably be a very strong contender”.

But added that there were a lot of contenders and that it was far too early to say Bristol will be one of them.

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