Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Milkman Zac's All-Night Tour of the Capital as Election 'Goes to the Wire' Pinta Deliveries, Fishy Photo-Op and a Cabbie's Fry-Up on Whistlestop Trip RACE FOR CITY HALL May 5

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Milkman Zac's All-Night Tour of the Capital as Election 'Goes to the Wire' Pinta Deliveries, Fishy Photo-Op and a Cabbie's Fry-Up on Whistlestop Trip RACE FOR CITY HALL May 5

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Byline: Ben Morgan, Matt Watts and Nicholas Cecil

AS LONDON woke today, Zac Goldsmith was 12 hours into a campaign marathon, joining milkman Dominic Gilham on his early delivery round.

In Kynance Mews in Kensington, Alison Mould, 50, was given a shock when she saw him leaving two bottles of semi-skimmed on her doorstep, along with a BackZac campaign flyer.

"I was cross with the noise outside but then I looked and realised who it was. It was just bizarre," she explained, adding: "He was very sweet." A couple of hours earlier, shortly after 4am, Mr Goldsmith had arrived at Billingsgate Market in Poplar, where traders were busily carrying pallets of fish, crabs and clams past dozens of rows of seafood.

At Asian Fresh, the Tory mayoral contender held aloft an 8kg Jack Fish for a quick photo and chatted with the fishmongers. Afterwards trader Sathyaseelam Vasee, 42, from south London, described the candidate as "a nice man" but wasn't sure who he was.

Around 1am, the Goldsmith doubledecker bus had rolled into Harlesden, with hunger biting among his team. At a stop at Bigger Bite fish and chips and kebab shop, Mr Goldsmith carved a member of his staff a chicken shawarma before tucking into a lamb doner kebab, with a knife and fork.

Other stops on the night-time tour included a Hindu service at Lampton School in Hounslow, an Ocado depot in Park Royal and the L Lynch Rail Hub in Willesden Junction.

At 8am, he met Chancellor George Osborne at the London Stock Exchange to open the day's trading and, about an hour later, joined taxi drivers for a fry-up at the cabman's shelter on Wellington Place in St John's Wood.

Earlier, David Cameron had bounded onto the stage at a rally as if presenting the latest episode of Have I Got A Mayor For You. He'd brought one, Boris Johnson, who he'd helped to make it to City Hall by persuading him to stand eight years ago, and another, Mr Goldsmith, who he hopes will be the next Mayor. …

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