Boris Johnson gets Tory candidate’s name wrong during by-election visit

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Boris Johnson promoted his party’s campaign by visiting a by-election constituency – but then the Tory candidate’s name was misplaced.

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On a whistle-stop visit to Oswestry in the North Shropshire constituency, the Prime Minister described Dr Neil Shastri-Hurst as a “brilliant” candidate – but did not find the correct name for the Conservative Party candidate, who served as a member of the British Army. Was a former medical officer. and an honorary NHS adviser who now works as a barrister.

Mr Johnson, wearing a mask, said: “I think we have a brilliant candidate Dr Neil Shastri-Hughes, whom I have just seen contribute to the lives of the community by vaccinating people, is a doctor among them. So many other talents and what he’s going to do is a very, very difficult job for the people of North Shropshire.


“I lived in this constituency, I used to shop at Oswestry, so I know a little bit of it.

“And he has all the issues, he understands what needs to be done to support the NHS to get investment in our hospitals, but also make sure we duel the A5, the Oswestry to Goboven railway Looking down the line, for other projects like this, I think he is a great candidate.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson watches as someone receives his COVID-19 booster vaccine (Peter Byrne/PA)
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The prime minister later referred to the candidate as “Dr Neil” when he noticed that the medic had immunized members of the public at a pharmacy in Oswestry.

A by-election to replace Owen Patterson was triggered after the Standards Committee recommended that the former Conservative minister be suspended from parliament for 30 days for “serious” violations of a ban on paid lobbying by lawmakers. needed.

Following an unsuccessful government bid to delay the suspension while reforming the standard system, Mr Patterson announced his resignation as MP for the constituency following a government U-turn.

North Shropshire is considered an over-protected rural constituency for the Tories, which Mr Patterson has held since 1997.

In the 2019 general election, Mr Patterson won about 63 percent of the vote and defeated Labor by nearly 23,000 votes, with Lib Dems in third place.

Labor, Lib Dems and several other parties are contesting the election on 16 December.


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