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24th April 2015

Boris Johnson, London Conservative Pledgecard launch at Lynch Plant Hire and walkabout in Stanmore.

When managing director Liam Lynch asked his staff to guess which special guest would be visiting the Lynch Plant Hire Warehouse in Stanmore, Boris Johnson was second on their list, The Queen was top.

The employees, who sat within the orange embrace of several huge mechanical digger arms, were shy at first in coming forward with questions. But as soon Mr Johnson had finished his old style, rousing, call and response style oratory they thronged around The Mayor of London to have him sign their ‘pledge cards’ and pose for mandatory campaign ‘selfies’.

Boris Johnson was visiting Stanmore to lend support to the local Consevative candidate Bob Blackman. Surrounded by placard wielding supporters, the pair greeted surprised shoppers in the Sainsbury’s before processing up the High street, a knot of bluster and activity. Trendy teenagers engaged the Mayor in some youthful banter whilst an elderly lady quizzed the local candidate as to when the new zebra crossing would appear.

I made some lightening speed sketches of Boris as he zipped in and out of several hairdressers, posed beneath heart shaped balloons in a party paraphernalia shop, had his photo taken in a local butchers and bought a bag of chips for the entourage. ‘Actually I can’t let you have these chips’ he joked ‘that would be a breach of electoral rules’.

The Mayor was keen to see my sketchbook, ‘Wow, You’ve got me there, and it was all happening so quickly ’ he remarked before jumping on the underground back to City Hall at the same whirlwind pace.

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Conservative Pledge Card Launch

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Friday 11th April 2015

Michael Fallon outlines the Conservative party view of defence at The Royal United Services Institute.

The RUSI was established in 1831 by The Duke of Wellington for the study of ‘the art of war’. His bust greets members of the ‘think tank’ and interested parties as they enter its splendid Whitehall headquarters.

I draw some of Michael Fallon’s hand gestures as he outlines the conservative view on defence. They are used sparingly and have a guarded quality.

Members of the RUSI ask pertinent questions and there is gravitas to this electioneering event which is not always so evident.

Michael Fallon at the Royal United Services Institute

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 Thursday 9th April 2015

David Cameron at The National Grid Training Centre. Newark on Trent.

The apprentice training space in which The Conservative Party leader is due to speak today is dominated by the giant X805 circuit breaker and a tall tower of brown ceramic insulators.

David Cameron addresses the audience in the round after a brief introduction from business tsar Karen Brady, who looks after the PM’s jacket.

Drawing Cameron is made easier by the 360 degree format as he has to keep swivelling round to display emphatic hand gestures to all assembled.

Earlier, on a mezzanine walkway above the action I noticed 3 balding bespectacled chaps in wire framed specs and white lab coats. I’d tried to make a swift drawing of them thinking they looked like a trio of ‘Bunsen Honeydews’ the muppet chemist. Unfortunately I was ushered through a door  before I’d had a chance to do so but I did find a good view of the arrival of the ministerial car from the window of   the ‘media holding pen ‘.

Surveying the Nottinghamshire landscape I wondered if the distant Y shaped metal  tower might be an example of  the very latest in pylon design which had been reported on today by the ‘ Pylon Appreciation Society ‘.

David Cameron at the National Grid Training Centre

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David Cameron in Edinburgh


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8.30am Tuesday 7th April 2015

Edinburgh; David Cameron attends a haggis and fried toast business breakfast at Scottish Widows HQ Edinburgh.

A discreet power breakfast is taking place in the foyer employees cafe at Scottish Widows HQ when I arrive. It’s a swift haggis and fried bread affair as David Cameron plans to visit 4 countries in one day.

I sit at the next table and have a few rushed moments to make drawings of Mr Cameron and his wife who sits next to him. They are joined by half a dozen employees who all drink tea from paper cups.

The media pack rush off for a flight to Belfast even before Samantha Cameron has finished her bacon sandwich.

Outside two chaps in short sleeved shirts and jeans hold up a ‘vote SNP’ banner as the PM whizzes out of the basement car park and off to three more countries. I add a very sketchy semblance of the car to  my drawing.

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George Osborne , business speech , Yorkshire 15.55 1st April 2015

George Osborne is quite difficult to draw from a distance. I’m about 10 yards from his podium in a soft drinks warehouse in Yorkshire.

I sketch George as the focal point of the gathering whilst he delivers his speech on economic growth to a seated audience of journalists, local businessmen and women, party supporters and warehouse workers wearing bulky high vis jackets and hard hats.

The warehouse is stacked floor to ceiling with palleted columns of fizzy  pop hence it being referred to  by the jocular local Bramley-ite  workers as ‘ the canyon’ ‘the CAN -yon! Watching  politicians hand gestures has always been a very good shorthand method of visually encapsulating character in a few strokes of the pen.  I remember this quite late into George Osborne’s short speech and manage to make a couple of sketches of him and hastily draw his hands in action.

Conservative party event

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