Boris talks beer, business and selfies on the campaign trail in Croydon

By Samantha Booth
Boris Johnson has told the people of Addiscombe that selfies are ‘not a bad thing’ and how much he loves the pub – before tucking into a massive lunch.

The Mayor of London not only came for a big plate of liver and bacon, but he met local business owners with Croydon Central MP, Gavin Barwell and conservative campaigners to rally support for the vote next month.

Passers-by grabbed their chance for a photo with Mr Johnson as he carried around a Lord Kitchener’s World War One call to arms inspired poster.

He said: “Selfie culture is good in a general election.

“A selfie is a tiny thing you can give which could give a bit more symmetry in the relationship when asking them for support.”

“It’s not a bad thing,” he added before taking photos of his liver and bacon lunch at the New Café and Restaurant on Lower Addiscombe Road.

On the trail the Mayor walked past the former site of the Blackhorse Pub, which closed ten years ago.

Previously, he asked boroughs to recognise the importance of pubs in The London Plan and ensure they are not destroyed for residential areas.

“The only option is to build more homes and projects like the Westfield Development are important,” said Mr Johnson, who was named in the top three MPs to represent pub trade in a survey by The Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

“There should be protection for pubs. But, people’s habits have changed and the smoking ban affected pubs but you can’t go backwards and I think pubs have got to rethink their game, such as turning into gastro pubs.

“Of course I enjoy going to the pub,” he added.

The Mayor also met Mr Barwell’s family and local supporters before making a speech standing on a bench on the corner of Blackhorse Lane.

He said: “In Gavin Barwell is an absolutely outstanding MP and I really hope he makes it in again.

“He really fights for the area. He played a considerable role n the Westfield development, which I think is amazing there will be loads of new homes many of them affordable and jobs for young people in this part of the city.”