The Daily Mirror has appointed Jason Beattie as its new political editor.
Beattie, who is has been deputy political editor of the paper for two years, will replace Bob Roberts who is taking up a senior role with Labour leader Ed Miliband’s communications team.
Roberts has been a lobby journalist for 13 years, starting as a Westminster correspondent for Northcliffe regional newspapers before joining the Press Association in 1998.
He joined the Mirror in November 2000 covering politics, home affairs, defence and education before becoming political editor in 2007.
Beattie said: “This is my dream job and a fantastic time to be covering Parliament. What happens in Westminster has rarely been so important.
‘The Mirror will continue to hold the government to account and remind all MPs of their responsibilities to the people who voted for them.”
Beattie joined the Mirror from the Evening Standard in 2008 and had previously spent ten years in the Lobby beginning his Westminster career as political editor of the Birmingham Post.
His promotion means political correspondent James Lyons will step up to deputy political editor and graduate trainee reporter Tom McTague will become political correspondent.
Mirror editor Richard Wallace said: “I am delighted for Jason as he is a political journalist of the highest calibre.
“I would also like to thank Bob. He has been a great servant to the paper, especially in his role as political editor. He leaves with our very best wishes for the future.”