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David Cameron visits Orpington to back Boris

PUBLISHED: 09:36 18 April 2012 | UPDATED: 13:06 18 April 2012

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The Prime Minister visited Orpington yesterday evening (17) to support Boris Johnson’s mayoral bid.

The Prime Minister visited Orpington yesterday evening (17) to support Boris Johnson’s mayoral bid.

David Cameron gave a speech to Conservative supporters from Orpington and surrounding areas in a rally at Orpington village hall.

He said: “The race is on and just like last time we’ve got to draw on every vote.

“We’ve got to rally the troops and get people out so we can keep Ken out and keep Boris in City Hall.”

Roughly 200 people packed into the hall for the event, where Mr Johnson also spoke.

The chairman of the Orpington Conservative Association, Brian Cooke, said everyone was delighted with the visit.

He said: “For most people it was a complete surprise and people were very pleased to see the Prime Minister.

“After his speech he walked around and talked to pretty much everyone there.”

Mr Cooke believes Mr Johnson is heading towards a second term as London mayor.

He said: “He’s an honest politician, he’s not frightened to say there are things we can’t afford.”

Bexley and Bromley’s London Assembly member James Cleverly was also at the rally.

He said: “It was a great night. It reminds you just how good a politician David Cameron is.

“The room was packed and the atmosphere was electric.”

Conservative MP for Orpington Jo Johnson was also at the event, along with Bromley Council leader Stephen Carr.

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