The battle bus of choice for the Liberal Democrats was Westway Coaches Van Hool T917 Astron (28 WT). The party was perhaps the one with the most to say about buses in its pre-election manifesto, though none of the parties went into great depth.

Iwrite this the morning after the general election, and with the magazine due to be sent off to the printers within a few hours, there’s not much detail yet to assess about how the result will affect our industry. At the time of writing, Rishi Sunak is still packing his bags and Keir Starmer has just said Labour’s significant victory, securing at least 412 seats of 650, is a “new dawn”.

The result will be a surprise to virtually nobody. Labour has held a massive lead in the polls for months. But the party’s campaign has been likened to carrying a priceless Ming vase across a room. There’s been very little said, and few details about policy, with the party deathly afraid of saying anything which could upset its lead.

We have at least been able to delve into the major parties’ pre-election manifestos, as you’ll see on p6.

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