Paterson hopes flower power will help deliver Brexit

By Mark Andrews | North Shropshire | General Election 2019 | Published:

A Shropshire parliamentary hopeful was hoping a bit of flower power would help get his Brexit message across when he called into a florist's shop.

North Shropshire Conservative candidate Owen Paterson at Lily the Pink florist in Ellesmere

Conservative Owen Paterson, hoping to be re-elected in the North Shropshire seat he has held since 1997, called into Lily the Pink florist in Ellesmere as he took to the campaign trail.

Mr Paterson, an outspoken Brexiteer, said: "Great to drop into Lily the Pink in Ellesmere, another local business which wants to end the uncertainty."

The former environment secretary, who has held North Shropshire since 1997, also visited farm machinery dealer K O Machines, which is the main Massey Ferguson dealer for Shropshire and Staffordshire.

Owen Paterson, right, at K O Machines Ltd

He said the company, based in Coven, near Wolverhampton, was looking forward to the opportunity presented by Brexit.

"It was great to talk to a thriving agricultural machinery business excited by the opportunities for UK agriculture to boom once we end the uncertainty," Mr Paterson added.

He had also been out canvassing in Market Drayton.

Also contesting the seat, where Mr Paterson is defending a majority of 16,355, are Graeme Currie for Labour, Helen Morgan for the Liberal Democrats, John Adams for the Greens and Robert Jones for the Shropshire Party.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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