Polly Billington

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Polly Billington (born 1967) is a former BBC journalist who worked on the Today programme before becoming a special advisor to Ed Miliband. She was the media director for his successful bid in the Labour leadership election, 2010.[1] Billington is Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Thurrock at the next election, and a Labour Party official; she no longer works for Ed Miliband.

Education and journalism career[edit]

Billington took a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the department of Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Central Lancashire in 1993.[2]

Billington was a BBC reporter for theToday programme, Newsbeat on Radio 1, News 24 and the Politics Show.

Labour Party official and candidate[edit]

She became a special adviser to Ed Miliband in 2007 when he was working on party policy and election strategy in the Cabinet Office[3] and according to The Daily Telegraph she was the 59th most influential person on the UK left in 2011.[4]

Billington sought to become a parliamentary candidate in February 2010, when she was shortlisted for the safe Labour seat of North Tyneside, but a local candidate was selected instead.[5] She was the media director for Ed Miliband's successful Labour leadership bid.[6] She is credited with honing his questions and replies to David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions.[7]

In November 2011, Billington launched another bid to be selected as a Labour MP, this time in Thurrock.[8] This time she gained the nomination for a marginal seat.


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  2. ^ "University of Central Lancashire, Graduate returns for the enewsbeat challenge". Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Civil Service Live Network". Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Top 100 Most Influential People on the Left 2011: 51–75". Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Richard Moss' blog, BBC". Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Channel Four, Who Knows Who". Retrieved 21 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Ed Miliband's Dartmouth Park posse". Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Polly Billington's Bid For Thurrock – An Escape From Ed Strategy?". Retrieved 28 January 2013.