With less than a week to go until voters head to the polls, Boris Johnson looked to turn on the charm as he stepped into a kosher kitchen in a key marginal.
The prime minister joined Finchley and Golders Green Tory hopeful Mike Freer on the campaign trail on Friday morning – a sign the seat could prove crucial ahead of next week’s general election.
Freer is defending a majority of 1,652 votes in the seat contested by Liberal Democrat candidate Luciana Berger and Labour’s Ross Houston.
During his visit to Golders Green, Johnson stopped over at Jewish Care’s Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus, where he met tenants including survivor Rachel Levy before popping into Grodzinski bakery.
Wearing an apron marked “Get Brexit done,” the PM served customers in the packed bakery after piping icing onto a doughnut.
“We were very pleased to see Boris and to have him here, and I think he really enjoyed trying to ice a doughnut and it went very well with the local people and staff,” bakery manager Eddie Ezekiel told Jewish News.
When asked whether he would hire Johnson in his kitchen, he said, with a laugh: “Yes, I think some of my bakers are a bit worried now.”
Taking to Twitter after the trip to Golders Green, Johnson wrote that he had made “some ‘Get Brexit Done’ donuts at a wonderful bakery in Golders Green.”
“Thank you Grodzinski Bakery & to everyone who stopped by to say hello,” he added.
Speaking after Johnson’s visit, Jewish Care’s management, which has encouraged tenants to register to vote and arranged transportation to polling stations next week, said it is happy to host any other candidates in the future.
“Today’s visit has meant that, during this election campaign, Jewish Care has contributed its voice to that of the wider care sector, which remains deeply concerned about the lack of progress on issues that affect us, including the need for a long-term plan for funding social care,” said the charity’s chief executive Daniel Carmel Brown.
Last month, former PM Theresa May joined Freer in Golders Green, where she met voters, local businesses and Hatzolah volunteers and bought kosher salt from Kosher Kingdom.