Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party leadership election front-runner, made a surprise visit to Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge on Friday (June 28th).
The former Foreign Secretary met with staff and students during a visit to King Alfred School Academy.
Boris Johnson was invited to the area by Burnham’s MP, James Heappey, in support of his bid to win the Conservative party leadership and become Prime Minister.
Boris had lunch with 250 local Conservative members at the Oaktree Arena before heading to the school where he met students and staff and gave interviews to Sky News and local media and the school’s Jill Dando News Centre.
Mr Heappey has spoken out several times in support of Boris Johnson becoming the new Prime Minister.
Boris met young members of the school’s Jill Dando News Centre and said he was “very impressed” by what he saw.
Jacob Kemp, 15, of the centre who aims to be a Political or Royal Correspondent, said: “As young journalists at the centre, we were honoured to be given such an amazing opportunity to meet the candidate for Prime Minister! From presenters to politicians we have met many public figures, and this is a day to remember here!”
Principal Nathan Jenkins added: “The Jill Dando News Centre students have been fantastic around our school, full of enthusiasm and talent. It has been an excellent year and we see many more exciting things to come.”
Neville Coles, Executive Principal of The Priority Learning Trust, which runs the school, added: ”We are delighted at the progress of the academy and the Jill Dando reporters have been able to report on the considerable successes of students. We are grateful to the local MP James Heappey and Boris Johnson for coming to see our students and developments.”
It’s not the first time that the politician has visited Burnham. In April 2015, Boris Johnson visited Burnham-On-Sea’s BARB Search & Rescue when he took a flight in a hovercraft.