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Articulate, glamorous and patronising

There seems to be a lot of talk about the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg in some parts of the (social) media at the moment. So, to refresh our memories, here are some newspaper clippings from 2010, when she first started attracting attention.

Kelvin MacKenzie, Sun, 11 March 2010:

It was the phrase that woke me from my slumber.
Laura Kuenssberg, who has the grand title of BBC chief political correspondent, looked down the camera and said: ‘It was a tour de force.’
Which giant of the political stage was she talking about? Kennedy, Churchill, Thatcher? No. Slowly it dawned on me.
It was that compulsive liar Gordon Brown and she was talking about his evidence at the Chilcot Inquiry, where he tried to claim that the defence budget – and therefore the lack of protection for our soldiers – had nothing to do with him. He’s been telling lies like that for 13 years. It was sickening.
The Army generals then all came out and poured buckets of the brown stuff on him, exposing him for what he really was.
And that is the problem with the BBC political team when they cover Labour. They’re quite decent folk – some even have brains – but are basically Independent and Guardian readers in thrall to the strange socialist mob doing so much to damage our country.

Anita Singh, Daily Telegraph, 1 May 2010:

This may be the most open election battle in decades, but one BBC journalist has emerged as the clear winner in the campaign to hold viewers’ attention.
Laura Kuenssberg, chief political correspondent for the BBC News Channel, has become the most popular political reporter on Twitter.
Her daily dispatches from the campaign trail, with titbits of gossip and blow-by-blow accounts of major incidents as they unfold, have built up a fan base of almost 10,000 followers on the microblogging site.
The BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, has only 8,800. Her rivals on other channels, including Channel 4’s Jon Snow and Lucy Manning of ITV News, also lag behind.
Internet forums are filled with admirers of Miss Kuenssberg, who is the granddaughter of Dr Ekke von Kuenssberg, founder and president of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Jean Seaton, Guardian, 17 May 2010:

What I realised about this election is that there were a lot of female journalists delivering good hard journalism out on the road during the campaign, on the night and beyond, one of them being Laura Kuenssberg who had a very good election.

Hickey column, Express, 27 May 2010:

The BBC’s deputy political editor James Landale is cannily playing down his prospects of succeeding his immediate boss Nick Robinson. At a party thrown by the influential right-of-centre think tank Policy Exchange in Westminster this week, the Old Etonian squirmed slightly when quizzed about such a promotion.
‘There isn’t a vacancy,’ he replied, before adding diplomatically: ‘The deputy never gets the job.’ Another guest cheekily suggested that Landale’s rather more glamorous colleague and potential rival, the BBC News Channel’s chief political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg, was ‘prettier’. ‘There is that,’ Landale acknowledged.

Reader’s letter to Sunday Times, 9 May 2010:

The wall-to-wall politics on television has brought some sunshine in the shape of BBC’s chief political correspondent, Laura Kuenssberg. What an articulate and intelligent personality she is. There is no need of an autocue when Laura is in full flow.

Reader’s letter to Sunday Times, 6 June 2010:

Laura Kuenssberg’s delivery is patronising and her pseudo, upper-class drawl is irritatingly grating.

artwork-Laura-Kuenssberg

Laura Kuenssberg, the BBC’s first female political editor. (Artwork: Alwyn Turner)

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