Allegra Stratton

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Allegra Stratton
Born 1980
Education Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) Newsnight
Spouse(s) James Forsyth
Children Vaughn Casper Stratton Forsyth

Allegra Stratton is political editor of BBC Two's Newsnight programme.[1]

Early life[edit]

Stratton attended Latymer Upper School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where she read archaeology and anthropology.


Stratton worked as a producer for the BBC, on the foreign desk at The Times and wrote for The Independent and The New Statesman.

She then joined The Guardian as a political correspondent, presenting the newspaper's 'Politics Weekly' podcast with Tom Clark.[2] During this period she wrote the novel Muhajababes, which explores the youth culture of the Middle East, which addressed the contradictions of modern life of young adults in Muslim societies.[3][4]

Stratton returned to the BBC on 20 February 2012,[5] as political editor of Newsnight, replacing Michael Crick who left to become a political correspondent for Channel 4.[1] There was criticism of an interview by Stratton broadcast on Newsnight on 23 May 2012.[6] Stratton interviewed a woman, Shanene Thorpe, whom The Independent later reported to have been "fuming" because (it was asserted) the piece was edited (though not by Stratton, who was not the editor) to make her seem like a 'jobless ponce' whereas she did in fact have a job.[7] Peter Rippon, the responsible Editor of Newsnight, later apologised in an open letter to Thorpe, accepting that someone could have got the false impression she was unemployed.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to James Forsyth, political editor of The Spectator magazine.[9] The couple live in Canonbury,[10] and have one child.



  1. ^ a b Andy Bloxham "Allegra Stratton appointed political editor of BBC’s Newsnight", Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2011
  2. ^ "Politics Weekly". Guardian. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ Laura Miller "Here come the muhajababes!: How sex, booze and heavy metal fit into the world of hip young Arabs today.", July 10, 2008
  4. ^ Susan Easton "Hijabs and Muhajababes", June 19, 2007
  5. ^ "Newsnight: From the web team: Monday 20 February 2012". BBC. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  6. ^ Samnira Shackle "How Newsnight humiliated single mother Shanene Thorpe", New Statesman (blog), 29 May 2012
  7. ^ Matthew Bell "The Feral Beast: Game, set and match:Allegro has a prang", The Independent, 27 May 2012
  8. ^ "Shanene Thorpe" statemwent, BBC Newsnight
  9. ^ "Simon Hoggart's week: sailing through dire economic straits", The Guardian
  10. ^ "Allegra Stratton's My London - ES Magazine - Life & Style - London Evening Standard". Retrieved 2014-12-31. 

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