“Oh no! This is our candidate?” Theresa May (R) and Conservative Party candidate for the upcoming Copeland by-election, Trudy Harrison (L) sit with year six pupils during a visit to Captain Shaw’s Primary School, Bootle [Image: Getty].

It’s one of the oldest election-time clichés in the book – the photo opportunity of a politician holding a baby, or surrounded by a group of children.

The aim: To show the candidate as friendly, kind and trustworthy.

So Theresa May trotted off to Bootle (in Copeland, not Merseyside) for a photo-jolly with the Tory candidate there whose name escapes me (and everyone else, probably). Trudy Harrison! I just looked it up, so now we all know.

The location they chose was Captain Shaw’s CE Primary School, which was recently in danger of closure because it had fewer than 20 pupils.

The kids showed her the Lego robots they had made, and Mrs May showed them her worst side – by which I mean her face:

“Oh no! A poor person! Why am I sitting next to somebody who isn’t a millionaire?” [Image: Getty].

“One day, we will replace you with this.” Pupils at Captain Shaw’s School show Theresa May a Lego robot that is probably more intelligent than her [Image: Getty].

While Theresa May managed to successfully steer clear of awkward questions surrounding the nuclear industry and healthcare in a flying visit to Copeland on Wednesday, a photo opportunity didn’t quite go to plan.

As part of the Conservatives’ charm offensive in the region ahead of the crucial by-election next week, aides to the Prime Minister found space in Ms May’s diary for leisure time with year six pupils at Captain Shaw’s Primary School in Bootle.

“I have been blown away by the children,” Ms May said after the pupils gave a demonstration of their Lego robot alongside the party’s candidate for the by-election, Trudy Harrison.

Ms May was, however, accused of “ducking” questions on the closure of a maternity ward in Copeland as she refused to say whether she would intervene to stop plans to downgrade services in the area.

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