Mayor of London Boris Johnson was mobbed by hundreds of students during a visit to the University of Northampton.
Mr Johnson came to the town to visit current Conservative MP for Northampton north Michael Ellis and enjoy a tour around the tannery in the university’s Institute for Creative Technologies.
The 50-year-old was shown the different leather making processes and was shown how to make a leather elephant.
Mr Johnson then tested one of Northampton’s Cycle CoNNect bikes and took part in a question and answer session with students in a large hall.
Many of the students were eager to get a selfie with the well-known Conservative, who is hoping to be elected as an MP again in next year’s General Election.
Mr Johnson said he was hugely impressed with the facilities at the University of Northampton and described Michael Ellis as a “first- rate” politician who he hoped would get re-elected.
He said: “I’m used to being in a city that is a centre for high-end fashion and luxury goods and men’s shoes are an important of that.
“It’s fascinating to see how they are made right here in Northampton.
“For anyone with any interest in leather, in a good way, this is the place to come.
“Michael Ellis is a first-rate MP and I hope very much that he will be retained next year.”
Mr Johnson said he liked Northampton’s Cycle CoNNEct bikes as they had a “bit more torque” than the London equivalents and alowed riders to get up some speed.
Mr Ellis said Boris was a “superstar” who got people interested in politics.
He said: “Boris is politically-focussed and promotes the British economy all round the country and the world.
“My main focus of the visit was to promote the University of Northampton and its world-class tannery.”