Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits Cirencester ahead of upcoming elections

Boris Johnson attended a private event at the Corn Hall in Cirencester earlier today

Boris Johnson attended a private event at the Corn Hall in Cirencester earlier today

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THE Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, visited Cirencester earlier today to discuss the upcoming local and European elections.

At a private event in the town’s Corn Hall, Conservative Boris Johnson spoke to local candidates for over an hour.

“I’m an old friend of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown’s and I’m supporting the local candidates here today. They’re doing a bang-up job,” said Mr Johnson.

“I hope very much people will vote Conservative. My generation never had a say on Europe and nobody my age had a chance to discuss this properly.

“We are the only party offering people a say on Europe.”

Prime Minster David Cameron has promised a referendum on Britain's place in Europe by the end of 2017 if the party wins at the general election next year.

Boris also took the time to discuss one of his favourite hobbies.

“I’m manically pro cycling. The difficulty here on rural B roads is it is quite difficult to cycle safely on them. There are lots of problems with faster roads.”

“In London the speed limit is lower and it is much more doable. But I constantly encourage it.”

Other Conservatives who attended the meeting, which took place on Tuesday at 4pm, included MEP Julie Girling.

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7:19pm Tue 13 May 14

Crispin Mount says...

Did the Etonian pay the local Tory car parking charges?
Did the Etonian pay the local Tory car parking charges? Crispin Mount
  • Score: 6

10:54pm Tue 13 May 14

Col Mustard says...

“We are the only party offering people a say on Europe.”

"David Cameron will attempt to appease Conservative Eurosceptics tomorrowwhen he outlines plans to repatriate some powers from Brussels as part of a toughening of Britain's relations with the EU.

Amid anger on the right of his party at his decision to abandon a "cast-iron guarantee" to hold a referendum on the Lisbon treaty hours after the Czech Republic ratified it, Cameron will say he is prepared for a battle with the EU."

This was the 3rd of November 2009....

TheTories just cannot break the habit of lying...It must be taught at Eton!
“We are the only party offering people a say on Europe.” "David Cameron will attempt to appease Conservative Eurosceptics tomorrowwhen he outlines plans to repatriate some powers from Brussels as part of a toughening of Britain's relations with the EU. Amid anger on the right of his party at his decision to abandon a "cast-iron guarantee" to hold a referendum on the Lisbon treaty hours after the Czech Republic ratified it, Cameron will say he is prepared for a battle with the EU." This was the 3rd of November 2009.... TheTories just cannot break the habit of lying...It must be taught at Eton! Col Mustard
  • Score: 5

6:48am Wed 14 May 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Er, there are no local elections in the Cotswolds, Bozo !

When you state local Tories are doing a "bang-up" job you surely must be referring to :

- gifting £2 million public toilet contract to their Tory chum on Wiltshire Council
- fleecing £10 million from motorists in car parking charges since 2006
- introducing £30 green waste tax
- wasting £40,000 by inserting microchips in bins which have never been activated
- wasting £19,000 on the magician to pep up the demoralised staff in Trinity Road
- dumping 2,500 houses in Chesterton by ensuring this massive housing development only occurs on green belt land sold by the Bathurst estate (see chum comment above)
- 3 Cabinet Members who all did questionable private business with jailed fraudster Dennis Grant

Chumps all round
Er, there are no local elections in the Cotswolds, Bozo ! When you state local Tories are doing a "bang-up" job you surely must be referring to : - gifting £2 million public toilet contract to their Tory chum on Wiltshire Council - fleecing £10 million from motorists in car parking charges since 2006 - introducing £30 green waste tax - wasting £40,000 by inserting microchips in bins which have never been activated - wasting £19,000 on the magician to pep up the demoralised staff in Trinity Road - dumping 2,500 houses in Chesterton by ensuring this massive housing development only occurs on green belt land sold by the Bathurst estate (see chum comment above) - 3 Cabinet Members who all did questionable private business with jailed fraudster Dennis Grant Chumps all round Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 7

10:09am Wed 14 May 14

dopey1 says...

Col Mustard has obviously not absorbed any of the lessons taught by the Magician. Although David Cameron has been promising to tell Johnny Foreigner where to get off now for over 5 years, he has given himself just a bit longer ( look up infinity) hoping that the economy picks up, or Angela Merkel pays all our debt off, or the sun shines every day. Lord Snooty will then declare the EU a wonderful place and hold a referendum asking; do we like the way the Polish maid irons the clothes and her brother cleans our cars in the supermarket car-park, or would we like to do these things for ourselves.
Oh Olly, you shouldn’t really list all those errors of judgement in the same place, it makes our appointed representatives look like incompetent, spendthrift, numpties and that just will not do!
Col Mustard has obviously not absorbed any of the lessons taught by the Magician. Although David Cameron has been promising to tell Johnny Foreigner where to get off now for over 5 years, he has given himself just a bit longer ( look up infinity) hoping that the economy picks up, or Angela Merkel pays all our debt off, or the sun shines every day. Lord Snooty will then declare the EU a wonderful place and hold a referendum asking; do we like the way the Polish maid irons the clothes and her brother cleans our cars in the supermarket car-park, or would we like to do these things for ourselves. Oh Olly, you shouldn’t really list all those errors of judgement in the same place, it makes our appointed representatives look like incompetent, spendthrift, numpties and that just will not do! dopey1
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Thu 15 May 14

Susie Clark says...

Oh dear, Olly - where do we start ?

Perhaps it has escaped your notice that there is an election around here - it's called the EU election - E and then U. I understand if that won't interest you too much as the Lib Dem poll figures show you'd be struggling to even get as many votes as your chum Crispin achieved at Northleach. - " counted on one hand" as someone said.
And then, of course, we have the same tired old cliches regurgitated from your last election run-in - what - 5 years ago ? " Magicians " ",bin chips", "garden waste" and of course " Water park " musn't forget Water Park .If you have to delve back to 2006 and well before the last election to attack CDC, then you must be getting desparate.
In the meantime, the same CDC has achieved no.5 spot as the most efficient district in the country, has led the whole country with the biggest council tax reductions in the last 2 years and those " demoralised staff " have achieved over £1.5 million of savings to offset the government grant reductions . It looks as though CDC move on - perhaps you should try doing the same .
Meanwhile, in contrast , Lib Dem controlled Cirencester Town Council have wasted £34,000 of tax payers money on Christmas market sheds , used once and now discarded, employed a contractor close to bankruptcy to build the skate park - still uncompleted - and are wasting thousands on a market square scheme that just doesn't happen.
Perhaps, instead of whingeing about new developments they should look to see what the Chesterton development could contribute to Cirencester 's future - but then that would be positive and you and your cronies , Olly, can only do negative . Sad, isn't it ?
Oh dear, Olly - where do we start ? Perhaps it has escaped your notice that there is an election around here - it's called the EU election - E and then U. I understand if that won't interest you too much as the Lib Dem poll figures show you'd be struggling to even get as many votes as your chum Crispin achieved at Northleach. - " counted on one hand" as someone said. And then, of course, we have the same tired old cliches regurgitated from your last election run-in - what - 5 years ago ? " Magicians " ",bin chips", "garden waste" and of course " Water park " musn't forget Water Park .If you have to delve back to 2006 and well before the last election to attack CDC, then you must be getting desparate. In the meantime, the same CDC has achieved no.5 spot as the most efficient district in the country, has led the whole country with the biggest council tax reductions in the last 2 years and those " demoralised staff " have achieved over £1.5 million of savings to offset the government grant reductions . It looks as though CDC move on - perhaps you should try doing the same . Meanwhile, in contrast , Lib Dem controlled Cirencester Town Council have wasted £34,000 of tax payers money on Christmas market sheds , used once and now discarded, employed a contractor close to bankruptcy to build the skate park - still uncompleted - and are wasting thousands on a market square scheme that just doesn't happen. Perhaps, instead of whingeing about new developments they should look to see what the Chesterton development could contribute to Cirencester 's future - but then that would be positive and you and your cronies , Olly, can only do negative . Sad, isn't it ? Susie Clark
  • Score: -2

9:35am Fri 16 May 14

bobirving says...

If you want to learn what the current EU elections are about, come along and meet the Greens' lead MEP candidate, Molly Scott Cato, in Cirencester Market Place on Saturday 17th from 11 am.
If you want to learn what the current EU elections are about, come along and meet the Greens' lead MEP candidate, Molly Scott Cato, in Cirencester Market Place on Saturday 17th from 11 am. bobirving
  • Score: 1

7:39am Mon 19 May 14

Col Mustard says...

Both the Tories , Libdems and Labour have done their level best to assist the construction of an unelected dictatorship that
denies the right of self determination to UK citizens.They
will lie, cheat , thieve and deceive any which way they
can to ensure their careers pervade.How correct that
the Mayor of London ? campaigns in Cirencester that
has no elections. Proof positive even a paid
for education doesn't necessarily deliver results!
History shows that the people who use the word Democracy frequently
are the first to ensure its denial !
Both the Tories , Libdems and Labour have done their level best to assist the construction of an unelected dictatorship that denies the right of self determination to UK citizens.They will lie, cheat , thieve and deceive any which way they can to ensure their careers pervade.How correct that the Mayor of London ? campaigns in Cirencester that has no elections. Proof positive even a paid for education doesn't necessarily deliver results! History shows that the people who use the word Democracy frequently are the first to ensure its denial ! Col Mustard
  • Score: 0

3:46pm Mon 19 May 14

Susie Clark says...

You've criticised the" unelected dictatorship " of the EU, Col Mustard, and then denied all knowledge of an election in Cirencester and everywhere else this week, when we are actually voting for elected representatives.
For Boris's views on Europe, read today's Daily Telegraph and I think you'll realise that he knows a good deal more on the subject than most. and far more willing to look at all options rather than Labour and Lib Dems who are hell-bent on propping up your " unelected dictatorship."
You've criticised the" unelected dictatorship " of the EU, Col Mustard, and then denied all knowledge of an election in Cirencester and everywhere else this week, when we are actually voting for elected representatives. For Boris's views on Europe, read today's Daily Telegraph and I think you'll realise that he knows a good deal more on the subject than most. and far more willing to look at all options rather than Labour and Lib Dems who are hell-bent on propping up your " unelected dictatorship." Susie Clark
  • Score: -3

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