Boris Johnson visits Abbots Green Academy in Bury St Edmunds
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited a Bury St Edmunds primary school today in one of his first campaign stops since Parliament backed a General Election.
Mr Johnson arrived at Abbots Green Academy, in Airfield Road, this afternoon to kick start the Conservatives’ campaign.
He was taken on a tour of the school’s different classes and met pupils and teachers.
Beyond Brexit, Mr Johnson says one of his priorities is to invest more in education.
He said: “I heard it was a good school. Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill told me it had a really outstanding reputation.”
The Prime Minister visited a reception class which was learning about fireworks and animal safety on Bonfire Night.
He met the school’s team captains and a Year 3 class, which were doing a project to mummify pumpkins.
Before the visit, headteacher Ang Morrison said: “I’m excited and proud. I would like to think he has visited us due to our excellent quality and teaching and growth at the school.
“I’m delighted to welcome him to the school. The pupils were so excited they couldn’t quite believe it. The reactions on the children’s faces I will never forget.
“He will see hands on active planning and developing children’s knowledge of the curriculum through memorable experiences such as the mummification of pumpkins.”
Jayden Clark, Year 6 pupil and team captain who showed the Prime Minister around on a tour of the school, said: “When I first heard, I didn’t really know how to take it. I’m really overwhelmed - today is not a normal day.”
Prior to Abbots Green, the Prime Minister stopped off at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
The UK had been due to leave the European Union today - a pledge the Prime Minister made numerous times.
He said: "It's very frustrating we can't come out (of the EU) today.
"I'm afraid Parliament could not come to the final fence and just wouldn't go over it.
"We had a great deal agreed with the EU, gave it one reading in Parliament, almost there, then voted to delay.
"It's clear they wanted to delay in this deadline.
"That's why we have to have an election - we have to get this thing done.
"We have a deal ready to go."
Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill said: "I am delighted that the Prime Minister visited East Anglia and our wonderful constituency of Bury St Edmunds, with the message of more investment in our NHS and schools. I have consistently challenged Ministers to treat Suffolk fairly when it comes to funding for our schools, infrastructure and local services. I am therefore thrilled the PM has heard my request and is committing a future Conservative government to a new hospital for Bury St Edmunds and fairer funding for our schools.”