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New political correspondent interviews PM on first day

A newly-appointed political correspondent secured a one-to-one interview with Prime Minister David Cameron on her first day in the job.

Annabelle Dickson, left, has been appointed as political correspondent for Archant Anglia following the departure of Joe Watts, who moved to join the London Evening Standard’s political team earlier this year.

Just a few hours into the role, she carried out an exclusive sit-down interview with Mr Cameron when he visited University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich last week to deliver a keynote speech on new immigration policies

During the interview, Annabelle quizzed the Prime Minister on issues such as the failing East of England Ambulance Trust and the worrying state of attainment among schoolchildren in Suffolk.

Her story on ambulance response times made the front page splash for the East Anglian Daily Times and her stories featured prominently in other daily sister titles in Norfolk and Suffolk – the Ipswich Star, Norwich Evening News and Eastern Daily Press.

Annabelle said: “It was really exciting to start my new job on the day Ipswich was at the centre of the biggest political story of the moment.

“It was great to be able to quiz the Prime Minister on these important campaign issues for the flagship Archant titles and I was thrilled my story made the front page.”

Annabelle previously worked at Archant Norfolk for five years, finishing on the Norwich business desk, before moving to the Press Association for a few months until returning to her new role.

Terry Hunt, Archant Suffolk editor-in-chief, said: “What a first day in a new job. It doesn’t come much better or bigger than an interview with Britain’s top politician.

“Annabelle did brilliantly, giving Suffolk and Norfolk titles great, exclusive stories on important local issues.”

Archant Norfolk editor-in-chief Nigel Pickover said: “I was thrilled to appoint Annabelle in to her new role and see her return to Archant.

“After we found The Premier was coming to Ipswich there was a great collaborative effort between Norfolk and Suffolk titles.”