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Boris’ Bristol booze blunder

By bristol247, Wednesday May 17, 2017

Boris Johnson’s visit to Bristol didn’t go quite to plan after he was admonished by a Sikh woman for making a reference to alcohol during a visit to the Nirman Sewak Jatha temple in St George.

The foreign secretary’s quip about a whisky trade deal with India was against some Sikh teachings which consider alcohol to be prohibited.

Sixty-two-year-old grandmother Balbir Kaur told Johnson: “I wouldn’t be wanting to put somebody in power who wants to put more alcohol in India which is causing lots of problems at the moment.”

Johnson was in town to support Bristol East Conservative Party candidate Theo Clarke.

Dressed in an orange turban, he was shown around the temple on Summerhill Road before addressing those inside and then being given a selection of Indian food to eat.

It is the second visit of a Tory grandee to their target seat of Bristol East this month, following prime minister Theresa May’s visit to Brislington.

Kerry McCarthy, the incumbent MP and Labour’s candidate for the constituency, said: “This is another stage-managed photo op that shows the Tories just can’t get it right in Bristol East.

“Boris Johnson and the parachuted-in Tory candidate don’t understand the local community or the people they are talking to. It’s not surprising that, when asked, Boris Johnson couldn’t name any of the candidate’s local pledges.”

Boris and Theo campaign in St George

Despite the rain, a great day talking to previously Labour voters in St George with Boris Johnson! Lots of local residents lending me their vote this election to support Theresa May as our Prime Minister during the upcoming Brexit negotiations- and to stop Jeremy Corbyn become Prime Minister, with the help of the SNP.#bristol #election2017 #borisjohnson #theoclarke

Posted by Theo Clarke on Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Clarke, currently the director of the Conservative Friends of International Development, grew up in Gloucestershire and studied at the University of Bristol.


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