Mark Francois MP bumps into Top Gear presenter James May while on visit to Afghanistan

Mark Francois MP bumps into Top Gear presenter James May while on visit to Afghanistan

Mark Francois MP bumps into Top Gear presenter James May while on visit to Afghanistan

First published in News

Rayleigh and Wickford MP and Armed Forces Minister, Mark Francois, recently met with James May, one of the well known presenters of the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’, while on a recent visit to British troops in Afghanistan.

Mr Francois had been in Afghanistan where, amongst others, he met troops from the Second Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment.

At the same time, James May and a production team from Top Gear were also out filming a programme, concentrating on the Army’s fleet of logistics vehicles and the plans for the drawdown of troops and equipment from Afghanistan - which is due to be completed by the end of 2014.

Alongside his colleague, the Procurement Minister Phillip Dunn MP, Mr Francois chatted to James May and his team over breakfast about some of the vehicles they were going to drive and the terrain that they would be practising over. 

Commenting on his encounter with the Top Gear team, Mr Francois said: “I have seen James May on television many times so it was a pleasure to meet up with him over breakfast and to have a chat with him about the programme he was doing, focusing on the military in Afghanistan and their vehicle fleet.

"James told me he has driven other military vehicles in the past, such as the Challenger Tank but that this was the first time he had been given the chance to drive some of the Army’s heavy logistics kit and he was clearly very enthusiastic about it. I understand the programme was broadcast recently and went down well with viewers. “

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3:51pm Wed 19 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

The Mayster...brilliant, was he in a Dacia Sandero...?
The Mayster...brilliant, was he in a Dacia Sandero...? DogsMessInLeigh
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5:01pm Wed 19 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

If Mr Francois wants to meet the troops he could jump on a train to Colchester.

Think of the time, effort (and money) saved.
If Mr Francois wants to meet the troops he could jump on a train to Colchester. Think of the time, effort (and money) saved. RochfordRob
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5:03pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Badmotorscooter says...

Mark Francois in Afghanistan. So that's why we never see him in Wickford.
Mark Francois in Afghanistan. So that's why we never see him in Wickford. Badmotorscooter
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7:15pm Wed 19 Feb 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

I think I'd prefer to go to Afghanistan over Wickford - less dangerous, a more thriving economy and better-looking women (those in burkas certtainly)
I think I'd prefer to go to Afghanistan over Wickford - less dangerous, a more thriving economy and better-looking women (those in burkas certtainly) GrumpyofLeigh
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9:19pm Wed 19 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

i thought this was about James May and not the other bloke,..well apart from 2 lines it was about James May.
i thought this was about James May and not the other bloke,..well apart from 2 lines it was about James May. DogsMessInLeigh
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2:30pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Badmotorscooter wrote:
Mark Francois in Afghanistan. So that's why we never see him in Wickford.
You do if you are out and about where he is. I have often seen him in Rayleigh, which is also part of his constituency - and I have seen him in Basildon. I haven't seen him in Wickford because I don't go there often.

I have met him personally a few times, mainly because I like to know my local elected representatives and communicate with them on different issues.

After all, that is the whole idea of them being public servants.

People don't see their politicians because they generally don't attend local events or council meetings.

Good politicians are out and about working. The best ones will be visible all year round. I know politicians who are regularly around the community.

However, they cannot be on everybody's doorstep even at election time. I know because I've done it myself. With thousands of doors to knock on, it's nigh on impossible to see everyone face to face.
[quote][p][bold]Badmotorscooter[/bold] wrote: Mark Francois in Afghanistan. So that's why we never see him in Wickford.[/p][/quote]You do if you are out and about where he is. I have often seen him in Rayleigh, which is also part of his constituency - and I have seen him in Basildon. I haven't seen him in Wickford because I don't go there often. I have met him personally a few times, mainly because I like to know my local elected representatives and communicate with them on different issues. After all, that is the whole idea of them being public servants. People don't see their politicians because they generally don't attend local events or council meetings. Good politicians are out and about working. The best ones will be visible all year round. I know politicians who are regularly around the community. However, they cannot be on everybody's doorstep even at election time. I know because I've done it myself. With thousands of doors to knock on, it's nigh on impossible to see everyone face to face. Kim Gandy
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