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Tories stop Cornwall Live reporters filming PM Theresa May

A Cornwall Live photographer was only allowed to take still images

Reporters covering Theresa May’s visit to Cornwall claim they were shut in a room, not allowed to film her and limited to two questions by her party.

Cornwall Live said their journalists were treated in an "archaic" way when they were informed they may not broadcast the visit via Facebook Live.

It said their photographer was only allowed to take stills of the PM.

The Conservatives said the "last minute" request to film on the campaign trail earlier had "not been possible".

Cornwall Live sent two reporters and a photographer for the prime minister’s visit to Helston.

Editor Jacqui Merrington said her reporters were shut in a room before being allowed to ask their two questions.

They published a photo of the room they were held in, while the PM’s official visit took place without them.

They also published a video taken outside the factory site which included the official’s instruction not to film.

Ms Merrington said: "To think that in this day and age – we were and still are a local newspaper – but we are a lot more than that.

"We are digital media and that is the case for most local media nowadays and to be restricted on that basis seems very archaic."

She continued: "When we arrived there we were told we were not allowed to film anything because we were invited as print media, which seems a bit 20th Century really."

A spokesman for the Conservatives said Cornwall Live only made a request to film on the morning of the visit, which it said was already being filmed by broadcasters from the BBC and ITV.

"The organisation’s journalists did interview the prime minister and their photographer accompanied the prime minister on a factory tour," the party said in a statement.

It is not the first time the prime minister has declined a filming opportunity. She announced last month that she would not be taking part in the leaders’ TV debates.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that she preferred instead to "get out and about and meet voters".