ISABEL OAKESHOTT

Political journalist and commentator

Journalism

 

Isabel’s background is print journalism. Until February 2016, she was Political-Editor-at-Large on the Daily Mail. She spent eight years on the Sunday Times, where she was Political Editor until 2014. She has had staff jobs on six other newspapers: the London Evening Standard (as a health correspondent and then political reporter); the Scottish Daily Mail (as Scottish Political Reporter); the Sunday Mirror; the Daily Record, and the Edinburgh Evening News.

She is best known for her story about cabinet minister Chris Huhne passing penalty points for speeding on to his wife Vicky Pryce. The story led to a sensational criminal trial and was nominated for Scoop of the Year at the British Press Awards 2011/2012, the same year as Isabel was named Political Journalist of the Year. Isabel has talked about this story on the Media Masters podcast, as well as discussing life as a lobby journalist and political TV pundit. In the interview, she also explained how her expose on the true cost of cheap meat –  “Farmageddon” – changed her views on the food and farming industries.

Isabel is based at Westminster.

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@ISABELOAKESHOTT