Every prime minister feels the need to travel.

Every so often, usually during the Parliamentary recess, they up and off to foreign parts - to meet other great leaders, to cheer up the troops, to show they're abreast of global affairs, and to impress the voters back home.

With them go a motley crew of minders, civil servants and journalists.

Julia Langdon, one time political editor of the Daily Mirror, has travelled with four prime ministers.

It's a gruelling rather than glamorous experience, constantly crossing time zones, constantly jet lagged and rarely the chance to get a good night's sleep or even do your washing.

But it's exciting, it serves democracy and for a journalist it's a great source of stories.

Julia talks to some of the others who've gone travelling with the prime minister; she hears what went right, what went wrong and what was fun.


Description
Every prime minister feels the need to travel. Every so often, usually during the Parliamentary recess, they up and off to foreign parts - to meet other great leaders, to cheer up the troops, to show they're abreast of global affairs, and to impress the voters back home. With them go a motley crew of minders, civil servants and journalists.
Julia Langdon, one time political editor of the Daily Mirror, has travelled with four prime ministers. It's a gruelling rather than glamorous experience, constantly crossing time zones, constantly jet lagged and rarely the chance to get a good night's sleep or even do your washing. But it's exciting, it serves democracy and for a journalist it's a great source of stories.
Julia talks to some of the others who've gone travelling with the prime minister; she hears what went right, what went wrong and what was fun.

Duration

  • 30 Minutes

Genre

  • Documentaries
  • Politics
  • Factual
  • Politics of the United Kingdom
  • Prime minister

Programme Id

  • b00q9h9r

Broadcast Details

  • First broadcast 20100130 (Radio 4)

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