Monthly Archives: October 2012

Who I am

I’m a writer based in east London. I was born in Northampton and studied at St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

So far in 2012 I’ve written extensively for Huffington Post UK as political editor and I’ve been working towards completing my second novel.

During my time at Huffington Post UK I broke stories including:

– The first revelations that Department for Education officials were bypassing FOI by using their private Hotmail accounts.

– The news that Ed Miliband’s senior press adviser had jumped ship to fight a marginal seat.

– 12 hours before confirmation the news that Grant Shapps was the new Tory party chairman.

– The first journalist to reveal the makeup of the 1922 Committee after elections in May 2012.

I focused on interviewing rising star MPs including Stella Creasy, the former Corby MP Louise Mensch and newly-promoted minister Liz Truss.

The rest of my bylined reports are listed here on Huffington Post UK.

I also established HuffPost in the Parliamentary Lobby and Press Gallery, worked at launch to recruit more than 200 writers to the site’s blogging platform, and curated content on HuffPost UK politics’s social media channels. As of October 2012 the Huffington Post’s politics section was attracting over 500,000 unique UK users a month.

Prior to working on the launch, establishment and growth of Huffpost UK, I worked as a political reporter for BBC Radio 4 on The Westminster Hour and The Week in Westminster.  I focused on analysis of forthcoming policy and party politcs, as well as the 2010 General Election and the formation of the coalition. Some of my reports are stored here on Posterous. 

I previously worked on the Today programme for two years during the financial crisis from 2008 to 2010.

I published a novel in 2011 called Joe is Online – a cyberterrorism thriller told entirely through digital documents. It can be found on Amazon.co.uk here.

In early 2011 I also coached radio presenters to improve their shows.

At the moment I’m finishing novel number two. It’s not a sequel to my first story and I hope to finish it by the end of 2012.

I’m also judging a category in The Political Book Awards 2013. I’m working with Jacqui Smith and Lance Price to judge the “Debut Political Book of the Year” category.

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