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Johnson boards ‘Con Air’ for Tory campaign tour

The Prime Minister’s plane is stopping in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Boris Johnson boards a plane (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Boris Johnson boards a plane (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

By Richard Wheeler, PA Parliamentary Editor

Boris Johnson has taken to the skies aboard “Con Air” as part of a three-nation campaign trip.

The Prime Minister landed in Teesside for the opening stop on the first full day of his General Election tour.

He will leave England for Scotland before a further stop in Northern Ireland on Thursday.

Arriving on board the plane, Mr Johnson said hello to those travelling with him and repeatedly remarked it was “Con Air” – an apparent nickname for the Conservative campaign plane rather than a direct reference to the 1997 action movie starring Nicolas Cage.

After arriving at Teesside Airport, Mr Johnson travelled to the Tetley Tea factory in Eaglescliffe.

He drank a cup of tea and discussed with staff whether it was best to leave the tea bag in the cup, different types of tea and asked: “What about cream tea?”

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The Prime Minister enjoys a cuppa (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

On the tea he was drinking, the PM said: “I need it, the plane was freezing.”

He was later given a tour of the production line and weighed boxes of teabags.

In Scotland, Mr Johnson met Douglas Ross – the Conservative candidate seeking re-election in Moray – for a tour of the Roseisle Distillery.

He sampled a whisky, describing it as “delicious”.

Mr Johnson jokingly told reporters he was “not allowed” to sample too much of the spirits on offer at the distillery before taking another small sip.

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