• Minister pursued down corridors at Royal Free Hospital
  • Hospital staff were “hand-picked” to minimise trouble
  • Journalist banned from visit still grabs picture


Andrew Lansley was pursued down hospital corridors this afternoon, according to journalists on the scene at North London’s Royal Free. While print and online journalists were kept away from the health secretary, local hack Tom Foot still managed to grab the snap above.

And despite attempts at stage management (there are claims that meet-and-greet staff were vetted in advance) and entering the premises via a back entrance, a member of the public still confronted Lansley with his police escorts watching on.

It’s uncertain whether the solitary video camera authorised to film caught this exchange.

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