Theresa May accused of hiding from voters on Bristol visit : The Guardian


Criticism follows similar complaints in Cornwall that reporters were shut in a room and banned from filming the prime minister.

Theresa May was accused of hiding from residents on a Bristol housing estate and shutting reporters out of a factory visit in Cornwall, as the tightly controlled stage management of the Conservative election campaign came under scrutiny.

The prime minister addressed at a social club on a housing estate in Brislington in the Labour-held seat of Bristol East, where she urged voters in the south-west not to return to backing the Liberal Democrats.

However, residents of the estate were not invited and gathered outside waiting for a glimpse of May, while the audience inside was made up of Conservatives activists from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

It came after a furore over May’s earlier visit to the marginal seat of St Ives in Cornwall, where the county’s biggest…

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