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Chilly Campaign Trails: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Political Reporters Riding the Battle Buses



'Enduring the chill while on the campaign trail': A glimpse into the life of a political journalist during the elections

Sky's team of political reporters has been tracking different political parties, frequently hopping aboard their campaign buses.

Sunday, June 16, 2024, at 2

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Reporting on a general election campaign can effectively be encapsulated by a simple phrase – campaign trail.

Similar to the tour buses used by music celebrities, battle buses serve as the mode of transport for political party leaders, candidates, and advisors as they travel across the nation during campaign season.

Sky's political reporters have been individually tracking various parties, frequently accompanying them on their campaign tours.

This week, we give you an insider's glimpse into the campaign activities of the Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrat parties.

Conservatives – Commentary by Darren McCaffrey

Monday, June 10

It's just past 7 a.m. on a fairly gloomy Monday morning, and today's journey takes us to the Southeast of England.

It should come as no surprise that the prime minister isn't on the bus; that's seldom the case. However, we are indeed aboard.

This week appears to be off to a less than ideal beginning for the Conservative party's campaign, it seems.

Tuesday, June 11

Hello from Silverstone. It's Tuesday, a significant day for the Conservative Party.

I mention that we are at Silverstone, and the racetrack is right nearby, yet we are confined indoors. The reason is that a major Hollywood movie starring Brad Pitt is currently in production, so filming outside is off-limits for us.

We're on-site for the unveiling of the Conservative party's manifesto, taking place over there; however, we've been restricted from accessing that area at this time.

We find ourselves confined in a room, sipping tea among numerous other reporters, anticipating Rishi Sunak's arrival shortly.

The Prime Minister has concluded his address.

It's quite fascinating what's occurring here. In that distant corner, one must speak softly because numerous journalists have been informed about the contents of the speech. This enables them to inquire about details in the manifesto. Currently, they are being questioned by the press lobby, which is typical at such gatherings.

Wednesday, June 12

It's Wednesday morning and we're traveling northward to have a meeting with the Prime Minister in Lincolnshire later today.

Our scheduled 9:03am train has been cancelled, leaving us hanging without clear information on when we will arrive or what's going to happen next.

This simply indicates the typical ups and downs of the campaign – occasional disarray is part of it.

We're heading to Grimsby.

The prime minister is aboard the bus, presenting us with an opportunity to approach him at the back for an informal conversation. This off-camera interaction allows us to pose some questions about the progress of his campaign. Let's make our move!

Rishi Sunak shared, "While traveling, I'm quite passionate about playing games. I engage in Connections, Wordle, Sudoku, and Solitaire."

"It seems like I've gotten everyone hooked. Connections is quite enjoyable; my children introduced me to it."

That marks the completion of another visit.

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Honestly, I'm quite exhausted. I can't remember how many stops we've made, but the bus and I will keep moving forward to the next location, with just under three weeks left until the election day.

Labour – Serena Barker-Singh

Wednesday, June 12

We've just arrived in Grimsby.

We're preparing to go live, highlighting the initiative Labour is unveiling today, and acknowledging that we have our debate scheduled for later.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Keir Starmer. Each broadcaster was allowed to ask only one question.

I inquired about taxation. It's a challenging day with numerous aspects for people to question.

I inquired if he plans to uphold the commitments made in his manifesto once he assumes office tomorrow.

Liberal Democrats – Profile by Matthew

Tuesday, June 11

This is the allure of traveling with the Liberal Democrats during their campaign.

Mostly, it involves lingering in different degrees of extreme cold, anticipating Ed Davey to make an utterly foolish move.

Wednesday, June 12th

"Attend university, they advised… pursue a career in journalism, they suggested… cover the stories, they recommended!"

Greetings from Stratford-upon-Avon.

This region has not favored the Liberal party since 1906, and it would require a significant shift in voter sentiment for the Liberal Democrats to reclaim it from the Conservative hold.

One individual who appears quite assured of achieving that significant shift, swinging next to me, is Sir Ed Davey.

Stay informed on the most recent developments both in the UK and internationally by tuning into Sky News.

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