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Hampshire student has a selfie taken with Prime Minister David Cameron at Nandos
Updated 6:18pm Saturday 10th May 2014 in News
A HAMPSHIRE student took a selfie featuring her and Prime Minister David Cameron after spotting him in a restaurant.
Becky Smith, 20, of Hythe, leapt into action after Mr Cameron walked into a branch of Nando's, where she and fellow students were celebrating a friend's birthday.
She quickly reached for her phones to take pictures as Mr Cameron ordered a meal with colleagues at the popular fast-food chain famous for its spicy peri-peri chicken and chips.
Becky posted a picture on Twitter of Mr Cameron stopping to pose for a selfie with her.
Accompanying the picture, she tweeted: "snapapolitician lol".
She said: “When he walked past us we asked if we could have a picture and he stayed there chatting for a while.
“I would honestly be the last person to say anything nice about the Conservatives but to give him his due he was very warm and quite funny. I then just swooped in and took the selfie.”
But Becky revealed there was one particular thought racing through her mind at the time - "don't smile".
"My thought process was: 'I'm not smiling next to the man who I think is dismantling our country.''
Tuition fees are a particular sore point for the student, who said: “I was going to make a joke to him that we could all eat at Nando's every day if we weren't paying as much as £9,000 a year, but I didn't because it would have ruined my friend's birthday.”
Becky, who is studying French and the history of art at Bristol, said: “My biggest problem at the moment with him is that he just doesn't care about representation of women at all.
“He doesn't care if he doesn't have many women in his front bench and he doesn't care if there is a lack of women in his Cabinet.”
Becky's snap went viral following the Prime Minister's visit to the restaurant in Bristol.
Mr Cameron is known for being unable to resist the lure of the selfie, having most famously posed for one last year alongside US president Barack Obama and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Danish prime minister, at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, The Prime Minister, who was wearing an open-collared black shirt with his sleeves rolled up, appeared relaxed as he tucked into his meal.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said Mr Cameron ate chicken and coleslaw at Nando's, in Bristol.
Asked whether he checked if the meal he was ordering was halal, following days of controversy over restaurants' use of meat slaughtered according to the traditional Muslim ritual, the spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister is comfortable with the meat he eats and buys."
She added: "I don't think it's unusual for someone at the end of the working day to want to go and have a meal."
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