On the campaign trail: Shane? Ruth? Reporters go AWOL for Johnson

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain holds an election on Dec. 12, a political gamble by Prime Minister Boris Johnson who sees it as his best chance to break the deadlock in parliament over Brexit.

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the launch of the Welsh Conservatives’ manifesto in Wrexham, Britain, November 25, 2019. REUTERS/Phil Noble

The parties are on the campaign trail, travelling the length and breadth of the United Kingdom to drum up support.

Following are some colourful snapshots from the election trail:


Johnson launched his Conservative Party’s Welsh manifesto on Monday with a speech, including a word of two of the local language.

“Cyflawni Brexit,” he said to applause, translating his well-worn campaign slogan “Get Brexit Done.”

Having negotiated that hurdle, the subsequent press conference hit the buffers when he began taking questions from journalists.

Instead of calling on those in front of him with their hand raised, Johnson worked through a prepared list of reporters – a tactic that can ensure local and national press get questions and also weed out possible hostile enquiries.

“I’m going to go to Shane Brennon with the Daily Post,” he said.


“Is he here? Shane? Paging Shane? … What rival event could Shane be covering today?”

Try again.

“Is Ruth here?” Silence. “No? Where is Ruth?”

Try again.

“Darryl Robertson from Wrexham.com, if Darryl is here?” Silence. “No? Right, OK.”

He gave up, and went for Sue, who had raised her hand to ask a question.


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