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PM poses for selfie while at chicken chain

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 10, 2014

By Rod Minchin

  • Chancellor George Osborne tucks into his upmarket burger last summer

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The student who took this hilarious selfie with David Cameron during his visit to Nando's said she "swooped" to take the Prime Minister by surprise.

Becky Smith, 20, took her phone out as Mr Cameron stopped at her table to wish her friend a happy birthday.

She said: "He came in after us, there were about 14 of us there for my friend's birthday, he just walked in, it was a bit surreal really.

"We had to do quite a few double takes, and we kept saying to each other, 'is that really David Cameron?'

"He wasn't there for very long, maybe about half an hour.

"He sat with a few friends and had a hot half a chicken, chips and coleslaw and they had a bottle of red wine as well I think.

"Because it was my friend's birthday when he walked past us we asked if we could have a picture and he stayed there chatting to us for a while.

"I would honestly be the last person to say anything nice about the Conservatives but to give him his due he was very warm, and quite funny.

"I then just swooped in and took the selfie, he took off quite quickly after that."

The French and art history student at Bristol University added: "I was just having a laugh with my friends really, I didn't expect my selfie to turn out like that, he's all forehead!

"I sent it to my brother and he didn't even recognise him, he doesn't really look normal."

A Downing Street spokeswoman said Mr Cameron ate chicken and coleslaw at Nando's.

Asked whether he checked if the meal he was ordering was halal, following days of controversy over restaurants' use of meat slaughtered according to the traditional Muslim ritual, the spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister is comfortable with the meat he eats and buys."

She added: "I don't think it's unusual for someone at the end of the working day to want to go and have a meal."

The Prime Minister eating fast food chain Nando's, comes after George Osborne tweeted a photograph of himself eating an upmarket burger from chain Byron last summer. The Chancellor was seen with a burger and chips as he put the finishing touches to the spending review which saw £11.5billion cut from government spending.

At the time his meal was criticised as being out of touch by some social media users.

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