Mayor of London Boris Johnson was in Watford today to show his support for the town’s Conservative Parliamentary candidate Richard Harrington.

Visiting several shops along The Parade, Mr Johnson was in town for about an hour this morning handing out flyers for Mr Harrington and joining a Conservative Party rally in the High Street.

Mr Johnson, who was sporting a Watford FC scarf for the duration, was stopped every few steps and asked to pose in photos with residents.

The pair paused at G. Gibsons butchers, established for 132 years in the town centre, to be photographed next to a homemade statue with Mr Johnson’s face imposed onto it.

Mr Johnson told the crowd: “There is a fantastic atmosphere here. It’s great to be here to support Richard. He’s done a fantastic job for Watford. I’ve worked with him on the Metropolitan Line extension and the Croxley Rail Link.”

Mr Johnson joked that wearing the Hornets scarf did not mean disloyalty to any London team, and told his audience that the Conservative Party was the only one capable of taking Britain forward.

Watford Observer:

Mr Harrington, who accompanied Mr Johnson to the British Heart Foundation store, café Barracuda, G. Gibsons and through the stalls along The Parade, said it was clear Mr Johnson’s popularity was widespread and appealed to both young and old.

He said: “Boris said he would like to come down and have a look round some of the shops here in Watford. I am very happy to welcome him to Watford.”