Boris Johnson heckled as he arrives in Bristol
BORIS Johnson – Mayor of London and one of the best-known politicians in the country – was verbally attacked by a group of protestors as he arrived in Bristol.
The affable old Etonian, currently enjoying a second term as London mayor, is visiting the city to offer his support to both the Tory candidate in the Bristol mayoral election Geoff Gollop, and Ken Maddock, the Conservative candidate for Police Commissioner.
But shortly after emerging from the M shed, where he had met the two candidates, he was attacked by a group of a dozen protestors, who hurled abuse at him and told him he was “not welcome in Bristol”.
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Boris retorted, with trademark cheerfulness: “Well you’re very welcome in London,” but later referred to the protestors as “a bunch of crusties who probably don’t represent the views of the vast majority of Bristolians.”
Boris attempted to carry out a harbourside press conference, flanked by the two candidates – who both looked nervous about the descending situation – but the initial boos, jeers and shouts of “who owns the Bank of England Boris?”, descended into a more grizzly torrent of verbal abuse.
The protestors – some of whom are believed to have been involved in last year’s Occupy Bristol movement – began to use the most offensive kinds of swearing, while snarling angrily close to Boris’ seemingly unflappable face.
But with scores of young families milling around the Harbourside in half term week, the Mayor of London, who had at first tried to start a conversation with the protestors, began to lose his temper – finally shouting “bog off!” as he retreated to the nearby Art Warehouse cafe.
For a full account of Boris’ visit, and to find out what his trademark “gaffe” was when he arrived in the city, see tomorrow’s Post and ThisisBristol.