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On the campaign trail: PM Johnson blows his budget on sausages

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain holds an election on Dec. 12, a political gamble by Prime Minister Boris Johnson who sees it as his best chance to break the deadlock in parliament over Brexit.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a Christmas market in Salisbury, Britain, December 3, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

The parties are on the campaign trail, traveling the length and breadth of the United Kingdom to drum up support.

Following are some colorful snapshots from the election trail:

GOVERNMENT BORROWING UP

Johnson’s efforts to stimulate the local economy in the English city of Salisbury ran out of cash of Tuesday.

Touring local businesses during a campaign visit to a Christmas market, Johnson visited a local butcher and helped out behind the till at one stall, serving up sweets in front of a phalanx of cameras.

But the prime minister, whose Conservatives have cast themselves as the party of fiscal discipline during the election campaign, came unstuck when he tried to pay for a box of chocolate brownies.

Fumbling through his wallet, Johnson had to ask his team for a loan.

“I’m out of cash” he said, before someone eventually handed him a 10 pound ($12.83) note. “I lashed out on some sausages earlier on and it cleaned me out!”

CORBYN’S LITTLE RED BOOK

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, carries a little red book with him all over the country.

Not the famous collection of quotations from communist leader Mao Zedong – once brandished in parliament by Corbyn’s would-be finance minister – but a handwritten diary of knowledge he has pic

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