Wells or Glastonbury?
Plans for a visit to the Wells Constituency by Prime Minister Johnson seem to have gone a little awry today. The idea was apparently for the PM to visit Glastonbury to support James Heappey, the Conservative who has held the seat since 2015.
As news of the visit gathered pace, protesters started to gather. Mr Heappey and other Conservatives had intended to host the PM at local baker Burns the Bread, a significant local employer with a number of outlets in the region.
Before long around 100 protesters, including a motley selection of musicians, Extinction Rebellion supporters outlet gathered near the bakery on the industrial estate next to the A39. It was all starting to look a bit like, well Glastonbury (the other one down the road at Pilton).
News had apparently leaked out to the PM’s entourage and after an hour of waiting it became apparent that he had decided not to come long after all.
But the Conservatives are nothing if not versatile. In a Conservative video release later in the day Mr Johnson is seen with Mr Heappey serving a customer at a different Burns the Bread’s outlet. It looked rather like the Wells branch. They do have a branch in Somerton too but that is David Warburton’s constituency so presumably was not going to pass muster for this visit.
If it was I do hope Mr Heappey passed the PM a copy of The Leveller® as we had rather thoughtfully completed our distribution in Wells this very morning!