+++ Hencke is New Tribune Lobby Correspondent +++

Having only just left the Guardian with a nice pay-off, David Hencke has been snapped up by Tribune to become their Westminster correspondent. Guido always thought that though Hencke is clearly of the left, he always puts the story ahead of the slant. He is one of the few hacks in the Lobby who is willing to spend time digging into a story.

Tribune went into administration and has been reborn with a new owner who hopes the left-wing rag will prosper again under a Tory government. Given the dire editorial direction the floundering rival New Statesman has taken of late there is clearly a market opportunity for a broadly Labour supporting weekly that follows Westminster seriously, with a critical eye. Increasingly the New Statesman’s political line reads like it is being written by interns recycling Labour spin.


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