Angry chicken fails to flap Cameron
Published 20/04/2010 | 16:07
David Cameron refused to get in a flap when he was confronted by an angry man-sized chicken on a campaign walkabout.
The Tory leader came face to face with the bird - one of several people in costumes sent out to follow him around the country by a national newspaper which accuses him of failing to answer its questions on Lord Ashcroft - as he took his campaign to the streets of the marginal seat of Tamworth.
But Mr Cameron, who had been braced for the confrontation, tried to turn the tables by giving the bird man a hug, removing his chicken head to talk to him face to face and asking him what question he wanted to ask.
Mr Cameron, who was accompanied by his pregnant wife Samantha, then toured the busy main shopping street and market in what he said was a bid to answer "the questions real people want to ask".
Those turned out to cover issues including free care for the elderly, immigration, the impact of fuel prices on hauliers and the future of the NHS.
He was also forced to dismiss as "a Labour lie" - one 17-year-old girl's concern that the party would cut tax credits.
The visit also proved a first opportunity so far on the road for the traditional kissing of the baby by a vote-seeking politician.
The affections of the Tory leader, who is due to become a father again in September, were bestowed on two-month-old Lara Bates. "You've got all this to look forward to," he told Samantha as he chatted with the baby's mother, 15-year-old Georgina Bates.
Local Tory candidate Christopher Pincher, who requires a 2.94% swing to overturn the 2,569 majority of Labour's Brian Jenkins, accompanied Mr Cameron on the visit.