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Boris Johnson cancels Rochester pub visit as anti-Tory protesters turn up

Boris Johnson has cancelled a visit to Kent after protesters brandishing anti-Tory signs gathered waiting for him.

The Prime Minister had been scheduled to address supporters in Rochester this afternoon.

However a small number of opponents holding signs would have been waiting for him after word of his visit got around.

It is not clear if this prompted the appearance at Ye Arrow pub to be cancelled, but unconfirmed reports state the decision was made on police advice.

Demonstrators arrived holding signs which read "Tories out", "Austerity killed over 130,000, the blood is on your hands" and "No to racism, no to Boris Johnson ".

The Tories claimed it was cancelled because of "logistical reasons", and the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg said the decision was made on police advice.


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Kent Police were unavailable for comment.

It is not the first time Mr Johnson has swerved an appearance after protesters turned up.

Last month he cancelled a visit to a bakery in Wells, Somerset, after a group congregated making their displeasure known.

As it became apparent that Mr Johnson wasn't coming on that occasion, the crowd began chanting "he hasn't got the balls".

This morning he was pictured gleefully icing doughnuts – sparking a wave of criticism over his avoidance of an interview with the BBC's Andrew Neil.

It comes on a difficult morning for the Tory party leader, after Neil challenged him to be interviewed , and former PM John Major urged voters to back three independents standing against Conservatives .


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Voters were none too impressed after he posted his exploits on Twitter .

But many voters were far from impressed, with one writing: "Go on Neil you chicken."

Another wrote: "Time to make donuts, not time to do an interview. Such commitment to the having your cake and eating it cause."

A Labour Party spokesperson, said: “Johnson’s decision to hide from Andrew Neil is clearly getting to him.

"Shouting at journalists and comparing Andrew Neil to Lord Buckethead is not a good look. He should do the right thing, and do the interview.”

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