Johnson boards ‘Con Air’ for Tory campaign tour

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Boris Johnson has taken to the skies aboard “Con Air” as part of a three-nation campaign trip.

The prime minister landed in Teesside for the opening stop on the first full day of his general election tour.

He will leave England for Scotland before a further stop in the north of Ireland on Thursday.

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Boris Johnson on the production line at the Tetley Tea factory in Stockton (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Arriving on board the plane, Johnson said hello to those travelling with him and repeatedly remarked it was “Con Air” – an apparent nickname for the Conservative campaign plane rather than a direct reference to the 1997 action movie starring Nicolas Cage. Or anything to do with cons.

After arriving at Teesside Airport, Johnson travelled to the Tetley Tea factory in Eaglescliffe.

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He drank a cup of tea and discussed with staff whether it was best to leave the tea bag in the cup, different types of tea and asked: “What about cream tea?”

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The Prime Minister enjoys a cuppa (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

On the tea he was drinking, the PM said: “I need it, the plane was freezing.”

He was later given a tour of the production line and weighed boxes of teabags.

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