Observer's Peter Beaumont wins political writing award

The Observer's Peter Beaumont has won the journalism category in the Orwell Awards for political writing.

The judges said his writing was "very grounded yet never loses sight of the consequences and meaning of events he is reporting. It is written with a verve and clarity that marks it out."

The prize, sponsored by Reuters, is awarded annually to two writers who are judged to have best achieved George Orwell's aim "to make political writing into an art".

Each winner from the two categories (one for journalism and one for a book or pamphlet) receives £1,000.

Historian Peter Hennessy won the book category. Newsnight won a special prize for being the "most precious and authoritative home for proper reporting of important stories, beautifully crafted by journalists of rare distinction".

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