Eric Pickles MP cardboard cut-out travels around USA

The communities secretary said he "could not be happier" after seeing shots of a cardboard cut-out of himself on tour around the USA.

Students James Johnson and Daniel Falvey, from Kent, spent five weeks with a life-size version of Eric Pickles.

Asked by Andrew Neil about his role as an icon for students, he said: "I always felt secretly that might happen one day, but it came a little earlier in my career than I thought".

The real Mr Pickles went on holiday to Norfolk this summer, while his image was on tour with the students, who have since dined with the Brentwood and Ongar MP.

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