As UK political correspondent for Bloomberg News, I can be seen wandering into shot on 24-hour news, or phoning in copy in the background during prime ministerial trips abroad. It was during one of those trips, waiting for a 4am plane in Jordan, that I tweeted a list of words only used by journalists. Five months later I had a book deal. Funny old world.
Before joining Bloomberg in 2004, I worked at the Mirror and Financial Times. Having read Artificial Intelligence at Edinburgh University, I’m the only member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery to have built a rugby-playing robot. Arguably my most notable contribution to journalism has been the introduction of the ‘news sandwich’ to the political lexicon, on a story I wrote with my colleague Kitty Donaldson. It got onto Have I Got News For You at the time, and you can read it here.