“Boris Johnson has cancelled a speech to members of the public in Rochester after a small number of protesters turned up.
The prime minister was due to give a stump address to Tory supporters near the Ye Arrow pub in the Kent town.
A small number of protesters – which The Independent counted at five – also arrived holding signs which read “Tories out”, “Austerity killed over 130,000, the blood is on your hands” and “No to racism, no to Boris Johnson”.
Conservative officials claimed the speech had been cancelled on police advice after the late running of the event prompted security concerns.
They said “security officials” had voiced worries about some members of the crowd, and were wary of members of the public being aware of the prime minister’s planned location so far in advance of his arrival. …”