Conservative MP Jo Johnson visits pub in Ukip leader Nigel Farage's home turf

Jo Johnson visits The Queen's Head, Downe

Jo Johnson visits The Queen's Head, Downe

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Jo Johnson MP waded into potentially unsettling political territory last week, visiting a pub in the village of Downe – home of Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Johnson, MP for Orpington and brother of the almost certainly less tame Mayor of London, went over to the Queen’s Head to shake hands with owner Nigel Andrews on Friday April 4.

The pub has just been given the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) ‘Pub of the Year’ award for Bromley borough and Mr Johnson wanted to congratulate him for the achievement.

While doing so the Conservative politician noted the important role these establishments play in the lives of his constituents, adding the accolade was “richly-deserved.”

He said: “Pubs play a crucial role in the social life of Orpington and contribute, on average, £100,000 each to the local economy.

“I am grateful for Nigel’s warm hospitality and strongly urge residents to visit the pub soon.”

Mr Johnson mentioned discussing the recent budget too, including the announcement that beer duty would be cut by a further penny.

He later canvassed local councillors in the lead up to the local and European elections, which take place on May 22.

Although Downe falls within Mr Johnson’s constituency, to Mr Farage the news of a rival Tory talking beer in his home turf may spark unease in the Ukip MEP.

He is known to enjoy a pint or two and has been pictured at nearby drinking hole, the George and Dragon, in the past.

Here's Mr Farage brandishing a pint of bitter at a popular haunt

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12:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

MsChevious says...

So, what's the actual link to Farage? Jo visited a pub near one which Farage has been in. Right. Tenuous linking at it's best NS!

Just this week I visited a bar which is quite close to a restaurant which Nigella Lawson has eaten in. Would you like the exclusive?!
So, what's the actual link to Farage? Jo visited a pub near one which Farage has been in. Right. Tenuous linking at it's best NS! Just this week I visited a bar which is quite close to a restaurant which Nigella Lawson has eaten in. Would you like the exclusive?! MsChevious
  • Score: 16

9:17pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Boris bighead says...

Why is this man the MP for Orpington?
What links this man to Orpington? Nothing.
Old pals act, Bullingdon club, safe seat.
Just another politician looking out for himself.
Why is this man the MP for Orpington? What links this man to Orpington? Nothing. Old pals act, Bullingdon club, safe seat. Just another politician looking out for himself. Boris bighead
  • Score: 5

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