Tory party EU election campaign launched to practically empty room
PUBLISHED: 15:28 17 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:28 17 May 2019
The Conservative Party's EU election campaign has reportedly been launched with only a handful of reporters and candidates present.
talkRADIO political editor Ross Kempsell tweeted a picture of Theresa May flanked by four party activists, saying: "Theresa May just launched Conservatives EU election campaign (six days to polling day) in a function room at a Bristol football stadium to UK pool camera and PA, with no wide invite to journalists."
TV stations often use a "pool" camera and share the resulting footage to save on staff time, but it is unusual at an election campaign launch of a major party.
"No invite to activists either - the campaign was launched to ... candidates," added Kempsell.
A YouGov poll commissioned by The Times revealed today that the Conservative Party has dropped to fifth place in the polls, with only 9% of the vote.
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