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Battle bus

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In the United Kingdom, a battle bus is a luxury coach shared by reporters, political commentators and a politician, usually a party leader, to give them all access to each other as they traverse the country making speeches and other engagements during a general election campaign. In theory, the mutual advantage is that journalists get close access to politicians, and politicians can convey their message more directly to those reporting them.[1]

They are a type of campaign bus.


Battle buses were first seen in the late 1970s. Before that, reporters followed party leaders in separate cars.[1] The battle bus was a significant feature of the 1987 UK general election as David Owen and David Steel of the SDP-Liberal Alliance each crisscrossed the country in matching battle buses,[2] each painted bright yellow.[3]

By 1992, the journalistic trail had become airborne with the introduction of the battle plane.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Wheeler, Brian (2004-12-22). "Last stop for the battle bus?". BBC. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  2. ^ "1987 General Election". BBC. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  3. ^ "1987 General Election". BBC. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
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