Mail on Sunday man gets top political gong at ‘press Oscars’

Written by David Singleton on 14 March 2018 in Diary

Simon Walters collected his award for political journalist of the year from Nick Ferrari.

Congratulations to The Mail on Sunday’s political editor Simon Walters who was once again named political journalist of the year as the Society of Editors handed out their annual press awards for 2017.

Walters saw off competition from The Daily Telegraph’s Kate McCann following scoops such as Boris  Johnson and Michael Gove’s ‘plot to hijack Number 10’ and the tale of trade minister Mark Garnier calling his secretary ‘sugar tits’ and asking her to buy sex toys.

The big winners on the night were the Financial Times, named newspaper of the year, and BuzzFeed, named news website of the year.

The Guardian’s John Harris was named political commentator of the year, seeing off competition from The New Statesman's Stephen Bush and The Guardian's Marina Hyde.

 And The Times’ Peter Brookes won cartoonist of the year for his depiction of Theresa May at Grenfell.





The full list of winners is here. Just missing out on a gong was The Sun’s Westminster correspondent Harry Cole who came a close second in the news reporter of the year category.

After the awards came the unusual recriminations (now played out on Twitter for all to see), with The Sun’s political editor Tom Newton Dunn declaring: “Harry was robbed. Best year of anyone in Fleet Street and should have cleaned up.”

TP columnist and former Sun political editor George Pascoe Watson was “baffled” that Sunday Times man Tim ‘Shippers’ Shipman did not pick up a gong for the third year running.

“Anyone in Westminster knows that's nuts,” he ventured.

But Shippers himself appeared to be more annoyed with the FT’s victory, although he later deleted a tweet branding it a “pompous Remoaner comic” and asking: “Do any of the judges actually read newspapers?”






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