Press Awards winner to join The Times

Scotland’s sole winner in the British Press Awards, Lucy Bannerman of The Herald, has joined The Times.

Bannerman, 26, won the Young Journalist of the Year award last month only four days after leaving The Herald under the voluntary severance scheme that owner Newsquest is offering to around 30 journalists across The Herald, Sunday Herald and Glasgow Evening Times.

Bannerman, who forced Scotland’s First Minister Jack McConnell into a U-turn over aid funding to Uganda, was praised by judges for her "agenda-setting news, through gripping crime backgrounder to exceptionally mature foreign reportage".

They said her work was "streets ahead" of her fellow nominees.

Bannerman is understood to have talked to other papers before opting for The Times. She will join at the end of next month, working in London, after taking a six-week holiday that will include a trip on the Trans-Siberian Express.

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