Rishi Sunak surprised commuters by selling poppies at Westminster Tube Station in central London.
The Prime Minister joined several army personnel and civil servant Stéphane Le Roux to raise funds for the Royal British Legion’s (RBL) annual Poppy Appeal at around 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Mr Sunak was seen holding a tray full of poppies and speaking to members of the public during the brief appearance, with no media invited.
RBL said they are “grateful to the Prime Minister for generously giving his time to spend time with us during the morning rush”.
Others too were quick to share their surprise at the prime minister’s appearance.
Tory MP Andrew Stephenson wrote: “Great to see Prime Minister @RishiSunak selling poppies for @PoppyLegion at Westminster Tube Station on their way to work this morning.”
Lewis, an operations and data analyst who did not wish to give his last name, said he bought an opium from Mr Sunak for £5.
“I didn’t expect to meet that person,” he told the PA news agency.
“I went to Westminster station to buy my ticket and he was there selling poppies with military men and women.”
Lewis said he “turned out fine”, criticizing the way Mr Sunak singled out Boris, saying he was “down to earth” and “inaccessible”.
“I was surprised that he was at Westminster Tube Station,” he said.
Another traveler tweeted: “My dad just met Rishi Sunak in Westminster…he was selling poppies…”
RBL is aiming to raise £1 million for London Poppy Day on Thursday.
Events in the capital include RBL Ambassador Ross Kemp rallying soldiers at the Horse Guards Parade with members of the Irish Guards.
Meanwhile, thousands of Army, Navy and RAF personnel are joining with Poppy Appeal collectors to hand out Poppies and collect donations at the London stations of Network Rail and Transport, offices and the streets of the capital.
EastEnders star Shane Ritchie’s voice will also be heard on the London Underground network, encouraging passengers to attend a recorded Tannoy announcement.
The RBL launched the annual appeal last week, which included a large red wall covered with tributes to paper flowers that tell the stories of those in the Armed Forces community.
People can support the appeal by buying opium, donating to britishlegion.org.uk or participating in the 5k charity Poppy Run.
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