In a disturbing scene, MP David Humphreys was witnessed walking in no particular direction through his local high street saying hello to passers by and taking their hands to shake them.
"It was almost as if he was here for a purpose," said one onlooker. "Is he with anyone?"
Other members of the public looked ruefully on as Mr Humphreys, in a suit and with a rather garish rosette on his lapel, hollered "Vote for me on the 9th, please" at anyone who had caught his eye. The town's locals have expressed genuine hope that he could be stopped as soon as possible.