A regional daily has recruited a veteran national newspaper journalist and political biographer as its new star columnist.
Paul Routledge will be joining the Huddersfield Examiner as its Wednesday columnist after executive editor Andrew Jackson left for a BBC job in Leeds.
Paul enjoyed a stellar career on the nationals including long stints at The Times and more recently the Mirror.
Although he left the staff of the Mirror 18 months ago, he still writes for the paper on a freelance basis.
Huddersfield Examiner Editor Roy Wright said: “We are delighted to have someone of Paul Routledge’s stature working for us, it’s a great coup.
“His reputation as an incisive journalist goes before him. I am sure our readers will enjoy his no-nonsense approach to life leavened as always with a merry wit.”
As well as his newspaper journalism, Paul published two explosive political biographies in the 1990s which laid bare the faction-fighting within New Labour.
This was followed in 1999 with the publication of Mandy: The Unauthorised Biography of Peter Mandelson which proved even more agenda-setting.
Its revelation about the loan of £370,000 to Mandelson from the Paymaster General, Geoffrey Robinson, led to the resignation of both ministers.