Boris looka­like fears at­tack over Brexit

Re­cent events have made it dif­fi­cult for dop­pel­ganger

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­

A BORIS John­son looka­like has barricaded him­self into his home over fears he will be at­tacked due to ten­sions af­ter Brexit.

Scared Drew Gal­dron has been work­ing as a Boris dou­ble since 2007, but is wor­ried af­ter the coun­try turned on the Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP for pulling out of the Prime Min­is­ter po­si­tion.

The doppleganger told The Daily Star: “In the past few weeks I’ve be­come very con­cerned about draw­ing at­ten­tion to my­self.

“I’m hon­estly wor­ried to leave the house as I’m scared of what peo­ple could do.

“I have to think twice ev­ery time I want to go out as I can’t al­ways ex­pect the public to be re­spect­ful.”

The 33-year-old added: “I’m used to peo­ple yelling things at me and try­ing to take pic­tures, but at the minute I’m wor­ried some­thing more se­ri­ous could hap­pen.

“I have a his­tory of men­tal ill­ness and ago­ra­pho­bia and sadly re­cent events have made it worse.”

The looka­like said Boris’s exit from the Tory lead­er­ship race could also hit him in the pocket, as pop­u­lar­ity could wane for his London-based street act – Boris Blow­ing Bub­bles.

Gal­dron was keen to dis­tance him­self from the politi­cian, who has been branded a ‘fallen hero’ by EU pres­i­dent Jean-Claude Juncker over his lead­er­ship of the Brexit campaign, which un­seated his ri­val, prime min­is­ter David Cameron.

Drew said: “The sim­i­lar­i­ties stop at our looks though. I like his per­son­al­ity, but I don’t agree with his pol­i­tics.

“Peo­ple joke around and ask if I’m his love child. I say, ‘No, I’m his con­science’.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it when he said he wouldn’t run for Tory leader.

“If he had it would have been a great lit­tle money earner for me.

“It is my only job at the mo­ment, so of course I want to make money. But at the same time there was a sense of re­lief.”

Drew said passers-by had hurled abuse at him be­fore, but he is fear­ing harsher treat­ment in the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal­ly­charged en­vi­ron­ment. Luck­ily there hasn’t been any­thing ter­ri­ble, but I’m not very thick-skinned,” he said.

“I get peo­ple mut­ter­ing things un­der their breath when they walk past me, which is up­set­ting.

“If I’m dressed up as him I sort of ex­pect it. But I hate it when I’m try­ing to go about my daily busi­ness and peo­ple start tak­ing pic­tures of me.

“It’s not even sub­tle – it’s re­ally bla­tant and they’ll come over and stick a cam­era in my face.

“On an­other oc­ca­sion I was film­ing a doc­u­men­tary and a homeless man started hurl­ing abuse at me.”

The fear­ful street en­ter­tainer has even had a T-shirt made up which reads “I Am Not Boris”, to help ward off any un­wanted at­ten­tion.

He gave the real Boris a shock when the mir­ror im­ages came face-to-face in 2009. Boris held a mayor’s re­cep­tion for London Pride which Drew at­tended, but was left speech­less when they were in­tro­duced.

Drew said: “I was dressed as me, not Boris, but I was wear­ing a T-shirt that said ‘Mag­i­cal Mayor of London’.

“It was a boil­ing hot day and I was a pud­dle of sweat. I stepped out of the lift and there he was.

“He stared straight at me and looked pretty shocked. He asked me how I was but looked like he had seen a ghost.”

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