Lawson signs up political 'star' Brown

Lawson: "politicians trust Brown"

Independent on Sunday political editor Colin Brown has been recruited by The Sunday Telegraph to replace Joe Murphy.

He will join the paper in July, around a month after Murphy has left to go to the Evening Standard as Whitehall editor.

It is the fourth time Brown has been headhunted. He moved to the IoS two years ago from The Independent, where he had been No.2 on the political team since its launch, under four political editors.

"I thought I was going to be one of life’s No.2s – ever the bridesmaid," said Brown from Cyprus, where he is on holiday. "Then Janet Street Porter gave me the chance to be political editor at the IoS, for which I shall be eternally grateful. I seized it with both hands."

At The Sunday Telegraph, he will have a broader canvas, not only breaking news but writing more in-depth.

Brown began his career on the Southport Visiter, moving to The Star, Sheffield, as political correspondent.

He then joined the Yorkshire Post as political correspondent and was head-hunted in 1979 by The Guardian to join Ian Aitken’s political team of Michael White and Julia Langdon.

The next call came from The Independent in 1986.

Brown’s biography of Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott caused much controversy when it was published in 1997.

Sunday Telegraph editor Dominic Lawson said: "I am delighted to have been able to replace a star with a star. The one Sunday newspaper which got big political stories, which made us chase on a Saturday night, was The Independent on Sunday from the moment that Colin joined.

"I am delighted to have that tremendous story-getting ability in our pages. He is a journalist of huge experience and hugely trusted by politicians of all parties."

by Jean Morgan

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