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On the road with Eric Pickles cutout
7:00am Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
BRENTWOOD MP Eric Pickles has been travelling around the USA – and hasn’t even had to leave his constituency office.
Two university students from Kent are such big fans of Mr Pickles that they have taken a lifesize cardboard cutout of him on their travels.
Mr Pickles has popped up on Miami beach, a train in Texas, an alligator hunt in Louisiana and in Las Vegas.
James Johnson and Daniel Falvey, both 21, took the cutout as they are self-confessed “mega fans”. The journey even has a Facebook, Twitter and blog tracking his journey.
Mr Pickles said he was very pleased to hear his profile was being boosted across the Atlantic Ocean.
He added: “I’m delighted they are taking me on such a wonderful trip without spending a penny of taxpayers’ money.
“This trip has widened my horizons and I’m really hoping to be taken even further afield next year.”
James and Daniel, both keen Conservatives, are half way into their five-week trip and said they thought Mr Pickles would be an excellent addition to their travels.
James, a student at the University of Oxford, said: “We haven’t met the real Mr Pickles, but we’re big fans of the man. We also think there would be nothing better than the cardboard version meeting the human Secretary of State.
“Mr Pickles is a great politician with a lot of gravitas. He’s a strong local-facing MP as well as a funny and good-humoured man.
“We thought there could be no one better to accompany us across the States.”
Daniel, who studies at Nottingham University, said: “He’s responded very positively and seems to have found it funny. He most recently tweeted that he was enjoying the tour.
“The reaction in the USA has been really strong. Many people ask questions and once they find out who he is, are eager to learn more and many also ask to pose with the MP.
"Even a member of US Border Control was very keen to meet the man.”
His progress can be followed at www.picklesroadtrip.com
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