Political Journalists Walk Out After Treatment by Prime Minister’s Staff

There was a walkout earlier today of political journalists following an attempt by Lee Cain, a communications adviser for Boris Johnson, to restrict some media outlets which the Prime Minister hadn’t wanted to attend. When journalists from i, the Daily Mirror, the HuffPost, PoliticsHome and the Independent were blocked from attending, all other journalists also walked out.

Tracy Brabin, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, raised a point of order in the House of Commons, saying:

“This afternoon, accredited lobby journalists based here in the House of Commons were denied access to an important briefing with David Frost, the Prime Minister’s Europe adviser on post-Brexit trade plans. David Frost is a civil servant and therefore his briefing on the most prominent issue of the day is supposed to be neutral and not political. The issue of post-Brexit trade plans is one of great public concern, and access to a high-level briefing should not be hand-picked by Government and political advisers. The exclusion of some publications led to every major national broadcaster and newspaper walking out.”