Pranksters target British opposition leader on election day

6th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two pranksters climbed on to the roof of the polling station where opposition leader David Cameron was set to vote in Britain's general election on Thursday, an AFP reporter said.

The two men, one dressed in a blazer and a straw boater hat, unfurled a large banner at Spelsbury Memorial Hall in Cameron's constituency of Witney, Oxfordshire, northwest of London.

It featured a picture of Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party, with the slogan "Britons know your place. Vote Eton -- vote Tory."

Cameron was educated at Eton College, an elite fee-paying school which has produced 18 British prime ministers. Thailand's embattled premier Abhisit Vejjajiva also studied there.

The pranksters, who opened a bottle of champagne and said they were "celebrating" not protesting, refused to say what organisation they represented.

Police at the scene said they expected to remove the pair from the building soon.

Despite the disturbance on the roof, the polling station opened to voters at 7:00 am (0600 GMT) and Cameron was expected to vote in the morning.

The election was expected to be the closest for decades, with polls showing the Conservatives would win most seats but not enough to form a government alone, as they try to oust Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party.

© 2010 AFP

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