28th February 2006



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The journalist, columnist and politician Boris Johnson MP will be taking a look at the facilities at the Holbeach Technology Park when he pays a visit to south Lincolnshire on Friday (3rd March).


The Shadow Higher Education Minister will tour the University of Lincolns Holbeach campus with John Hayes, MP for South Holland and The Deepings and Shadow Minister for Vocational Education.


He will arrive at 1pm and will be given a tour of the teaching and R&D facilities as well as a short presentation on the Holbeach campus.


He is also expected to meet local food industry employers who use the Holbeach Technology Park to train their staff and some of the students themselves.


The 2.8 million Holbeach Technology Park opened in 2004 and has since been granted CoVE (Centre of Vocational Excellence) status by the Lincolnshire & Rutland Learning & Skills Council.


The Holbeach campus currently supports over 3,000 part-time students representing 96 companies including 32 multinational, multi-site organisations and 64 small to medium-sized enterprises.

Boris Johnson has been MP for Henley-on-Thames since June 2001 and was editor of the Spectator from August 1999 to December 2005.

He has worked for The Times and the Daily Telegraph, where he was a leader and feature writer, EU correspondent and eventually assistant editor.

He has been Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, Shadow Minister for the Arts and Shadow Minister for Higher Education.

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Caption 1 Boris Johnson MP pictured in the laboratory at Holbeach with Dr Pauline Lovatt (left), John Hayes MP and campus manager Val Braybrooks


Caption 2 Boris Johnson MP chatting about pork pies to Michelle Low, a student from Geo Adams, and John Hayes MP (left)



For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042 jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

or Craig Jackson

01406 351393 jacksoncb@parliament.uk