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Boris Johnson Goes All the Way to the North of England for a Cup of Tea

Day 1 of the official campaign saw the Conservative Party leader visit the Tetley Tea factory in Stockton-on-Tees, while Jeremy Corbyn wishes Tom Watson’s horseradish plants well

Day One - Boris Johnson On The General Election Campaign Trail Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - WPA Pool/Getty Images

This is a daily blog about Britain’s next General Election, in which Eater London will find even the most tangential means of writing about the intersection of politics and food.

Conservatives

Tetley’s Tea, the company responsible for ruining Bill Withers’ Lovely Day, today hosted Boris Johnson at its headquarters in Stockton-on-Tees. Johnson posed perfectly normally with workers, drank tea, and donned a hard hat for the press corps. “We want to make this country the best place in the world to do business so that you and your family can get ahead,” he said, emptily.

Labour

Clockwise, L-R: Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, Laura Pidcock, Tyrrells crisps, on a train
Clockwise, L-R: Jeremy Corbyn, Laura Pidcock, Tyrrells crisps
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  • In the Labour leader’s letter accepting deputy leader Tom Watson’s resignation, Jeremy Corbyn said in his penultimate paragraph: “I’ve always enjoyed our convivial chats about many things including cycling, exercise and horticulture. I hope the horseradish plants I gave you thrive.” Spicy.

Lib Dems

  • With little information available on exactly what the Lib Dems are (eating or drinking), here’s a gallery of Lib Dem politicians holding dairy products “disapprovingly”, from the archives. Awkward.

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