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Students on a US road trip with ‘Eric Pickles’
10:00am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
WHEN embarking on a trip across the United States, it is probably important to remember sunscreen, money and your passport.
But an Oxford University student and his friend decided to also pack a life-sized cardboard cut-out of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.
History undergraduates James Johnson and Daniel Falvey, both 21, are journeying across the southern states, from Miami on the East Coast to Las Vegas in the West.
They are about halfway through their five-week trip and so far have taken Mr Pickles, the Brentwood and Ongar MP, to Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
The pair described themselves as “huge fans” of Mr Pickles and said they felt there was no-one better to accompany them.
Mr Pickles, writing on his official Twitter account, said he was “enjoying the tour”.
He added: “I’m delighted they are taking me on such a wonderful trip without spending a penny of taxpayers’ money.”
Mr Johnson and Mr Falvey, in a blog post, said: “This summer, we are taking a coast-to-coast road trip across the American South and felt that there was no-one better to accompany us on our trip than the Secretary of State for Local Communities and Government.”
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