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Johnson chased away from speech in Rochester by five protesters

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson was chased away from giving a speech in Rochester today after a small number of anti-Tory protesters showed up.

Mr Johnson had been due to meet party supporters at the Ye Arrow pub as part of his campaign trail but cancelled his visit at the last minute.

About five protesters arrived outside of the venue holding signs reading: “Tories out,” “Austerity killed over 130,00, the blood is on your hands” and “No to racism, no to Boris Johnson.”

A Tory spokesperson said the decision to cancel the meeting was because of “logistical reasons.”

Mr Johnson has also shied away from being interviewed by BBC’s broadcasting veteran Andrew Neil, and is the only party leader to not appear on the show.

Mr Neil challenged the PM by saying: “It is not too late. We have an interview prepared. Oven-ready, as Mr Johnson likes to say.

“The theme running through our questions is trust — and why at so many times in his career, in politics and journalism, critics and sometimes even those close to him have deemed him to be untrustworthy.”

Mr Johnson did manage to find the courage to agree to a head-to-head debate with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last night, facing about 100 members of the public in Maidstone, Kent, where the PM had taken part in a rally earlier.

The debate was a crucial opportunity for Mr Corbyn to deliver his final blows on Brexit, the NHS and the economy before Thursday’s general election.

Mr Johnson’s words during a Channel 4 News report also caused much debate after the broadcaster posted a video on Twitter with subtitles indicating he said “people of colour” while talking about the party’s immigration policy.

Channel 4 later deleted the post and apologised for “a mistake” where they “misheard” the PM who allegedly actually said “people of talent.”

Some Twitter users pointed out that Mr Johnson had consistently used the phrase “people of talent” in defence of the PM, but author Maya Goodfellow wrote: “Talking about only wanting ‘people of talent’ to come into the country is itself damaging.

“It treats some people who migrate here as ‘skilled’ and ‘deserving’ and everyone else — including people working in low-pay sectors like care — as not ‘talented’ and [is] a problem.”

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