#228 Marie Le Conte: Gossip, Power & Politics
Marie Le Conte is a journalist living in London. She was previously the Evening Standard's political diarist, BuzzFeeds' media and politics correspondent and went freelance in June 2017. Since then, she has written for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines and has also appeared on the Today programme, Newsnight, Chatham House, and the House of Commons.
She was named one of MHP's 30 To Watch, and Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2018. Her first book is out now called Haven't You Heard? where Marie looks at the role of gossip in politics - the whispers and tittle-tattle that play out in all areas of politics - from the MPs and their advisers, the press who cover them and the civil servants in the middle of it all. From policy rows which aren't about policy at all and boozy nights with dramatic consequences, to people spinning their way to the top and dark secrets never seeing the light of day, Marie explores in great and entertaining detail the human side of the people running the country against a backdrop of political mayhem.
It was really interesting to chat about the way politics is covered in the British media and why people are still so interested in Westminster gossip. Tune in, and please do leave a review if you liked it.
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