The Mayor of London Boris Johnson was shown around the Piece Hall this week as part of a whirlwind tour of West Yorkshire.
Mr Johnson was in Halifax in the first week of the General Election campaign to promote Conservative parliamentary candidate for Halifax Philip Allott.
He said: “I’m here to support my friend Philip Allott - I think he’ll be a very good MP and I think he’ll represent every strand of opinion of everybody in this constituency.”
Mr Johnson was impressed with the Piece Hall, he said: “I’ve had a chance to look at this amazing regeneration which reminds me of a sort of Covent Garden in Halifax.”
Mr Johnson said he was convinced of Conservative victory at the General Election - contrary to the current polls which place Labour in the lead - noting that he “hadn’t considered any other hypothesis.”
He said: “Look at where the money is going - not what the opinion polls are saying.
“The betting has switched towards a Conservative victory in May.”
Mr Johnson also paid tribute to the ten journalists and two police officers who were massacred in Paris this week by Islamist terrorists at offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
He said: “Everyone in Britain will feel sympathy with the people of France and of course with the families of those who lost their lives.
“It’s an appalling attack on free speech - people should be able to express their views and obviously I hope that the perpetrators of this are captured and brought to justice.”