Forcible removal of Sky News team at Rishi Sunak's general election campaign launch stirs controversy

A screengrab from the video which sees a journalist get ejected from Rishi Sunak's general election announcement
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A Sky News reporter was forcibly ejected from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's general election campaign launch event. After weeks of speculation about when the UK would hold its next general election, the Tory leader finally provided clarity on Wednesday evening.

He announced the date for the crucial event in a statement outside Downing Street, when he confirmed that the next election would take place on July 4 - just six weeks away.

However, in footage aired live on the network, journalist Darren McCaffrey and a film crew were escorted out of the ExCel Centre in London just before the PM took to the stage to deliver his speech to kick off his own campaign for re-election. The political correspondent informed viewers that they had not been allowed in because broadcast arrangements had been "pooled", meaning that other broadcasters present were required to share their footage with those who couldn't be there.

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During a tense segment, Darren continued to broadcast as he was led out of the building, telling the camera: "What we are trying to film is the campaign event where the Prime Minister is due to speak in the next couple of minutes, is in front of Conservative activists, is effectively trying to get across the message that we had in Downing Street today from the Prime Minister talking about stability, I am sure he is going to talk about the decision he has made.", reports Wales Online.

The baffled journalist shared during the upheaval: "But, as you can see, we don't have access to it. It's not entirely clear why we don't have access to it."

As reported by Independent, it was eventually revealed that a Tory party press officer had told them there wasnt enough room for their camera in the packed room where Rishi Sunak was setting up for his campaign launch.

Still, Darren didn't hold back while criticising the Tories following the kerfuffle as he expressed loudly to the media outlet, "We told them we were going on live and they were like 'we don't care'. We weren't going to stop filming. It was absolutely ridiculous, absolute nonsense. If they don't want us here then why did they invite us? ".

"Now they've locked all our stuff away and I have to wait for everyone to clear out before I can pick up my cameraman's bag."

Despite the Sky reporter being escorted out, Rishi's campaign roll-out proceeded as scheduled, with the PM doubling down on his offensive against Labour head honcho, Sir Keir Starmer.

He stated boldly, "The only certainty with Labour is that they will run out of money," then continued by claiming that Labour's intention to abolish the Rwanda policy would result in "enact a de facto amnesty for asylum-seekers, making us a magnet for every illegal immigrant in Europe".