Boris Johnson drives tram before pulling pint at city pub

Prime Minister Boris Johnson took control of a West Midlands Metro’s tram before heading to the pub during his visit to the Black Country.

Mr Johnson visited the depot in Wednesbury on Monday, April 19, where he spoke to workers and mayor Andy Street.

The PM was said to have endorsed Mr Street’s plans for extending tram lines and services and increasing the number of stations – labelling it good, affordable transport.

During the visit, the PM also discussed the European Super League and the new Covid-19 strain.

Asked about fears the proposed new league could potentially bar clubs such as Leicester City and Aston Villa from gaining entry to an elite club competition, Mr Johnson replied: “I think it’s wrong, I think it’s something that’s going in the wrong direction for football – for great English and British clubs – and it’s going in the wrong direction for fans.

“I can’t think that it’s the right way forward.”

The Prime Minister added: “Oliver Dowden, the secretary of state, is going to be making a statement a bit later on today about some of the things we could consider to try and encourage people to think of another approach.

“People in this country are committed to the success of their local clubs. I don’t think you want to deracinate it (club football) and create this European Super League, which would basically take a lot of the cash away from clubs that really need it.”

And asked about ongoing surge testing to trace cases of the so-called South African variant of Covid-19, the Prime Minister said “very tough” measures were still necessary to fight coronavirus.

He said: “Our programme, our road map is deliberately cautious with the intention of being irreversible.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pours a pint in the beer garden during a visit to The Mount Taven public house and restaurant in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, on the local election campaign trail. Picture date: Monday April 19, 2021. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

“At the moment we don’t have conclusive evidence that it (the South Africa variant) does escape the vaccines in a very dangerous way but we have to be cautious, so wherever it appears… we have to do the surge testing, the door-to-door testing, and make sure that we clamp down on it as much as we can.

“We have also got to maintain a very tough regime, a very tough international travel regime for the time being so that we don’t reimport the disease into this country as we’re stamping it out in the UK.

“People worked incredibly hard with the lockdowns over the last few months. The vaccination programme is really helping.

“But we have to be cautious.”

Mr Johnson then headed to the Mount Taven public house and restaurant, Wolverhampton, where he was snapped pulling a pint.

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