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Priti short visit: Apologies for confusion over Home Secretary appearance

Home Secretary Priti Patel visited Peterborough this morning - but no press were there to talk to her.
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Central Park looking brilliant. Photo: John Baker

This morning an email went out to various news sites saying that her visit to Cathedral Square had been cancelled and that she would no longer be available for interview, but about two hours later she was pictured on several Conservative social media feeds in the city.

A later email from a party spokesperson said this was sent in error and apologised for the confusion, stating that the email had meant to say she was no longer available for interview in Cathedral Square after a change of plans.

Ms Patel was visiting the city to support Conservative candidates' plans on crime and anti-social behaviour, and visited Central Park where there have been various incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour.   

Conservative candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Darryl Preston said: "The Home Secretary came to Peterborough this morning to hear about my plans to cut crime in the city and put more police on the streets.   

"With Park Ward Conservative candidate, John Peach, James Palmer, and local MP Paul Bristow we showed Priti Central Park and briefed her on problems of anti-social behaviour and drug dealing. It’s these sorts of crimes I am determined to see action on. I am thrilled to have her support."


Conservative Park Ward candidate, John Peach, said: "Everyone knows there are issues around anti-social behaviour and drug dealing at night in the park. We need action. To have the Home Secretary here to hear about the problem first hand is a real boost for my campaign for a greater police presence."

Peterborough Conservative MP, Paul Bristow added: "Peterborough is full of potential and opportunity. But things like crime could hold us back. We already have more police in Peterborough and we are making progress on anti social behaviour. 

"We need to do more. The Home Secretary and Daryl Preston share my vision for zero tolerance, and even more police. Peterborough can win the war against crime."

The Conservative party has had a tough week, with leader Boris Johnson mired in controversy over his Downing Street Flat refurbishment and former leader David Cameron facing questions over the Greensill lobbying row.