The Yorkshire Post’s political editor, Brendan Carlin, is leaving the world of regional journalism to embark on a career at The Daily Telegraph.
He will become political correspondent in the team led by George Jones, replacing Ben Brogan, who is moving to the Daily Mail.
Carlin started out in the lobby in 1995 and has worked his way through numerous regional papers around the country, including the Newcastle Journal, the Liverpool Daily Post, the Liverpool Echo and the Bristol Evening Post.
He joined the Press Association in 1998 as lobby correspondent before setting up its specialist regional lobby service. He joined the Yorkshire Post in 2001.
In 1994 Carlin broke a major story on Michael Portillo (then “anointed heir” of Thatcher) who famously told students in Southampton that foreigners cheated at their exams. It was the splash in nearly every national the following day.
Carlin said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed representing Yorkshire’s national newspaper at Westminster and will certainly miss the colleagues and friends I’ve built up over the past few years.
“However, as a Lancastrian I can now stop pretending to be devastated when Yorkshire get thrashed at cricket.
“The job offer from The Daily Telegraph was simply too good to refuse – especially as the next 12 months is likely to involve a General Election.”
Yorkshire Post editor Rachael Campey said: “Brendan is highly regarded by all our regional MPs and his political coverage, supported by his own inimitable wit and enthusiasm, has brought great credit to the paper.”
He takes up his new position in mid-September.
By Sarah Lagan