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Award-winning journalist lands new political editor role

A journalist who won two major awards last year after revealing a government secrecy scandal had landed a new role.

Conor Matchett, deputy political editor of The Scotsman for the past two years, has moved the Scottish Sun as political editor.

Conor won national recognition last year for his work in revealing that Public Health Scotland sought to delay the publication of a report into Covid-19 care home deaths until after elections to the Scottish Parliament.

It won him the Best Campaign/Investigation at last year’s MHP Mischief 30 To Watch: Young Journalist Awards, which honours talent in the industry under the age of 30.

Conor pictured at last year's Media Freedom Awards where he was named Journalist of the Year

Conor pictured at last year’s Media Freedom Awards where he was named Journalist of the Year

Conor then went on to win the Journalist of the Year prize at the inaugural Media Freedom Awards last November for the same investgation.

And in July he was named Political Journalist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards.

Conor told HTFP: “I’m delighted to join Scotland’s most-read newspaper as part of one of the country’s best political lobby teams.

“It’s an exciting time to be at The Scottish Sun with an election on the (eventual) horizon, and I can’t wait to hold the powerful to account on behalf of our readers.

“Leaving the The Scotsman – where I’ve spent the majority of my career and to which I owe my job in the Holyrood lobby – meant departing from a brilliant brand which deserves to be funded properly so it can continue to do the fantastic journalism it is famous for.”

Conor started his new role on 4th December.