Elliott and Randall for Sunday Telegraph

Francis Elliott

Dominic Lawson has appointed a new deputy political editor for The Sunday Telegraph and signed up BBC business editor Jeff Randall to write a column for his business pages.

Francis Elliott, who is currently Westminster editor for Scotland on Sunday, will join political editor Joe Murphy after the party political conferences.

Randall, former editor of Sunday Business, will begin his new column on 16 September.

Lawson, a former financial journalist himself, has known and admired Randall for some time. "He is developing into a real media star," he said.

"I think he did an excellent column for Sunday Business and his column for The Sunday Telegraph will add immensely to the authority of the business comment page."

The column will give Randall scope to write at length, more than the proscribed amount of words he can put into a BBC bulletin, he said.

"He will be writing as Jeff Randall and not with his BBC hat on so he is perfectly free to say whatever he wants," Lawson pointed out, adding: "It’s a feather in Neil Bennett’s hat to have brought him on board." Bennett is the paper’s City editor.

John Simpson, the BBC’s world affairs editor, already writes for The Sunday Telegraph.

Elliott has been at SoS for two and a half years. He was previously a political correspondent for Northcliffe Newspapers. He has also worked for the Edinburgh Evening News as a health correspondent and for the News & Star, Carlisle.

 

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