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UK News Boris Johnson abandons three campaign events after facing protesters

20:20  07 december  2019
20:20  07 december  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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The Prime Minister has abandoned three campaign events in 24 hours after facing the prospect of angry protesters.

With just days to go until polling day, the Conservative leader had been scheduled to pay a visit to the Tory-held marginal constituency of Bolton West on Saturday.

However, the planned the visit to Westhoughton Market was abruptly cancelled after the PM's battle bus was greeted by angry protesters.

Around 100 demonstrators, some selling the Socialist Worker newspaper and holding banners saying "No to Racism, No to Boris Johnson", had lined both sides of the high street where Mr Johnson had planned to go on a walkabout.

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Journalists were initially told that the event had been cancelled for "logistical reasons."

Police advice

However, the Conservative candidate in the seat, Chris Green, later said in a video on Twitter that the PM's campaign stop was cancelled "on police advice" due to the presence of protesters.

The candidate went on to claim that the protesters were "working for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party," hitting out at "absolutely repugnant behaviour from Labour activists."

Mr Green said that another planned campaign stop with Mr Johnson in nearby Atherton was also scrapped "after some of Corbyn’s activists followed us there."

Instead, Mr Johnson was returned to London by car.

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The cancelled events comes one day after the Prime Minister pulled out of another planned appearance in Rochester, Kent.

Mr Johnson was due to address activists at a pub beer garden ahead of the BBC's election debate on Friday, but that event was also abandoned after five anti-austerity protesters turned up.

The leader's desire to stay away from protesters follows a series of spats with angry members of the public on the campaign trail.

Trust

Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Prime Minister angrily rejected suggestions he is untrustworthy.

He told The Daily Mail: "It was infuriating that I couldn't deliver Brexit on October 31. But that was because Parliament passed a law, which was a constitutional innovation and abomination... forcing me to break my promise.

"And so, when people talk about whether I can be trusted, it makes my blood boil because it was they that forced the Government to break its promise.

"They passed a law to stop it happening. And then they had the cheek to try to blame the Government. I think it's absurd."

Additional reporting by Press Association

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