Bez visited Barton Moss in Salford yesterday (March 16) with Manchester Evening News reporting that the former dancer received a warm welcome and shared vegan-friendly wheat beer with some of the 60 activists based permanently at the camp. The protestors oppose exploratory gas drilling by company iGas, a cause close to Bez’s eco-friendly election manifesto.
Camp member Diane Steels explained how Bez had discussed a sustainable farming method called permaculture and said: “He was great. I was one of the few people who hadn’t heard of him but I was told all about the maracas and so on. I was a bit worried what he would be like but he was just like one of us, really. He really raised the sprits of the camp and we had a nice chat and laugh with him.”
Bez, who was born in Salford, is most likely to stand as an independent candidate in the 2015 election and will look to replace the constituency’s current Labour MP, Hazel Blears, who is stepping down ahead of the election. He was expected to return to Barton Moss today to slow down lorries arriving at the site in a ‘slow walk’ protest.