Evening Standard names Ayesha Hazarika as new editor of The Londoner

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by Mark Johnson

Ayesha Hazarika has been announced as the new editor of The Londoner, the Evening Standard's daily diary section. 

Hazarika will, at the end of July, be taking over from Charlotte Edwardes, who will be able to focus on her role as the Evening Standard’s award-winning senior feature writer and columnist, the paper said. 

“Ayesha is one of the brightest new stars of British journalism”, said Evening Standard editor George Osborne. 

“She is already a brilliant columnist for the Standard - and she will now be a formidable editor of our diary pages. 

“She builds on the great work of Charlotte Edwardes, who will now be able to focus full-time on the interviews and columns that have rightly won her awards. 

“If you want to know what’s really going on then it’s simple: you have to read the Londoner.”

Commenting on her new role, Hazarika said: “I’m delighted to be joining the great team at the Evening Standard. 

“I’ve always loved the paper ever since moving here from Glasgow more than 20 years ago, so it’s a huge privilege to be editing the Londoner.”

Hazarika was awarded an MBE for services to politics in 2016, having helped to draft the landmark Equality Act 2010 and serving as special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband. 

Ayesha is now a much sought-after political commentator and broadcaster across national media, as well as an award-winning stand-up comedian.

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