George Osborne joins '#hardworking people' on the night-shift ahead of GDP figures

The chancellor visited a huge Tesco Distribution site near Daventry, where he sat in a forklift truck

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Scrutinising a loaf of bread, driving a forklift truck and climbing onto a vehicle with night workers on the M6, the Chancellor George Osborne appeared to have a busy night ahead of the announcement of today's GDP figures.

Mr Osborne visited a huge Tesco Distribution site near Daventry, where he sat in a forklift truck. A Warburtons super bakery, where he chatted with workers and looked at bread. And met workers on the M6 where he climbed onto a tarmacing truck, all while wearing a variety of fetching high-visibility jackets.

Mr Osborne tweeted throughout his forays onto the night shift writing: “Visiting overnight team on M6 road improvements at junction 7. First time I've met people in the middle of a motorway. #Hardworking people.”

Later adding: “At giant 24/7 Tesco depot in Daventry watching train to Scotland being loaded. Will be back to see dayshift in morning. #hardworking people.”

The images of Mr Osborne stepping out in a high-visibility jacket are bound to provoke claims that the Chancellor is once again making an attempt to depict himself as a 'man of the people.'

The pictures follow the 'burgergate' row, in which Mr Osborne was widely mocked for tweeting a picture of himself eating what turned out to be a £10 gourmet burger.

The Chancellor has also faced ridicule in the past for supposedly adopting a 'man of the people' accent in speeches and when meeting people out and about.

When speaking to a group of supermarket staff in Kent he was accused of adopting a “Mockney accent” as he left Hs and Ts strangely unpronounced.

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