Theresa May’s demand to go out campaigning on the doorstep fell a little flat at the weekend when not a single home owner answered the door in a whistle stop visit to a street in Scotland.
The Prime Minister ordered her aides last week to make more time in her diary for door to door campaigning.
However Mrs May was left red-faced on a televised visit to campaign in Aberdeenshire at the weekend when no one answered the door to her.
The visit, which was filmed by Sky News, started with a couple shouting “No, thank you” from their garden as Mrs May walked past. “OK we won’t trouble you then,” she replied, cheerily.
She knocked on the door of the first of six bungalows. No answer. “Next one,” she said. “Shall we give them a leaflet?” said an activist standing next to her. “Absolutely,” she replied, popping one through the letter box.
Mrs May knocked on the doors of more homes. No answer. She posted more leaflets.
Aware of the camera filming her, she said: “Well you have got to get your leaflets delivered somehow.”
Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservatives leader, now appeared, walking along the road saying: “I told you we’d make you work Prime Minister when you came here.”
After a sixth front door failed to open Mrs May admitted defeat. “Shall I give you your leaflets back?” she asked a volunteer, before saying goodbye and driving off in her official car.
A Conservative spokesman declined to comment.