Boris Johnson and members of his Cabinet hit the phones in a bid to drum up support from voters ahead of Thursday’s General Election.
But the photocall did not go entirely to plan as Mr Johnson appeared to need the help of Chancellor Sajid Javid to connect with the voters.
The Prime Minister spent a couple of minutes appearing to work out how to use the system, before Mr Javid handed him his own headset to wear because he had managed to ring up an actual member of the public.
This came after Mr Johnson spent a good while staring blankly at the computer screen while Mr Javid pointed to different parts of the screen he was supposed to click on.
Eventually, after Mr Johnson seemed unable to make the computer work, Mr Javid decided to take hold of the situation and calls a potential voter himself.
Once the person has picked up the phone, he quickly passed the headset to the Prime Minister, who grabbed it from his hands.
After he announced his name to the voter, Mr Johnson helpfully added: ‘I’m the Prime Minister’, before having a short chat.
Boris Johnson and members of his Cabinet hit the phones in a bid to drum up support from voters ahead of Thursday’s General Election
The Prime Minister spent a couple of minutes appearing to work out how to use the system, before Chancellor Sajid Javid handed him his own headset to wear
Mr Johnson spends a good while staring blankly at the computer screen while Mr Javid points to different things he is supposed to click on
Eventually, after Mr Johnson seems unable to make the computer work, Mr Javid decides to take hold of the situation and calls a potential voter himself
Once the person has picked up the phone, he quickly passes the headset to the Prime Minister, who grabs it from his hands
Dominic Raab, Michael Gove and Theresa Villiers were among the other senior ministers who were making calls at the Conservative Party offices in Millbank, central London.
The Conservative MPs also took a picture together which Mr Johnson uploaded to Twitter with the caption: ‘Team selfie! Let’s get Brexit done.’
Other social media users mocked the pictures of Johnson and Javid in the call centre, comparing them to injury lawyers.
One wrote: ‘Have YOU been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault?’
Others riffed on the joke and responded to the initial tweet by saying: ‘Have you been injured in a referendum that was not your fault?’
Other social media users mocked the pictures of Johnson and Javid in the call centre, comparing them to injury lawyers
The Conservative call centre jaunt came on the same day it was revealed that Mr Johnson owned up to cycling on the pavement today as the ‘naughtiest’ thing he would admit to doing ahead of the election.
The Prime Minister, known as a keen cyclist who was mayor of London when the so-called Boris Bikes were introduced, apologised for having ‘not always obeyed the law’ for the leg-powered two-wheeled vehicles.
But pulled up on Sky over whether this was the naughtiest thing that he had ever done he insisted that he was agreeing with a caveat from interviewer Sophy Ridge that it not be something ‘terminally politically damaging’.
Theresa May had previously said that the naughtiest thing she had ever done was trespassing to run through a field of wheat.
Mr Johnson, in contrast, has a colourful track record of misdemeanors that includes extra-marital affairs.
The Prime Minister, known as a keen cyclist who was mayor of London when the so-called Boris Bikes, apologised for having ‘not always obeyed the law’
Asked if that was actually the naughtiest thing he had ever done, he replied: ‘No, no, it was a very careful rubric. What you said was the naughtiest thing that I was prepared to admit…’
Earlier this year he was forced to elaborate on a 2008 admission that he took cocaine as an Oxford undergraduate.
In a colourful exchange in the pre-recorded interview this morning Mr Johnson said:
‘I think I may sometimes, how can I put this, I may sometimes when I was riding a bicycle every day – which I used to do – I may sometimes have not always obeyed the law about cycling on the pavement.
Johnson also today insisted he would cut immigration into the UK today as he unveiled plans to clampdown on low-skilled migrants moving to the UK.
Mr Johnson stepped out last night to a temple in London with partner Carrie Symonds, 31
The Prime Minister lashed out at EU citizens who ‘treat the UK as though it’s basically part of their own country’ as he talked up Tory plans for a migration system based on that of Australia.
The Conservatives have announced that they would allocate points on a range of different criteria which effectively put people into three categories under a system Home Secretary Priti Patel said would bring ‘overall immigration down’.
But the party has refused to put a figure on post-Brexit immigration.
Speaking on Ridge on Sunday on Sky today Mr Johnson said: ‘You’ve seen quite a large number of people coming in from the whole of the EU, 580 million population, able to treat the UK as though it’s basically part of their own country and the problem with that is there has been no control at all and I don’t think that is democratically accountable.
‘You have got to have a system by which politicians can say to people, well yes we are letting people in but we are doing it in a way that is controlled and checked.
Asked if he could ‘guarantee that numbers will come down’ he added: Yes, I can make sure that numbers will come down because we’ll be able to control the system in that way and what I don’t think is right is to have an uncontrolled and unlimited approach to that.’