Trevor Kavanagh

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Trevor Michael Thomas Kavanagh (born 19 January 1943) is an English journalist and former Political Editor of The Sun.

Kavanagh was educated at Reigate Grammar School before leaving school at 17 to work for newspapers in Surrey and later Hereford. In 1965 he emigrated to Australia, working on several newspapers. After a short stint back in the United Kingdom working for the Bristol Evening Post Kavanagh returned to Australia to work for the Sydney Daily Mirror (in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. stable) on the political desk. In 1978 he returned to the UK more permanently, taking a job with The Sun. He was named as political editor in 1983.[citation needed]

In January 2004, Kavanagh claimed a huge scoop. An unnamed source telephoned Kavanagh with details of the Hutton Inquiry the night before it was officially published. Kavanagh was provided with accurate details of the report and published them ahead of the official release. He was however less accurate on 4 June 2009. Speaking on BBC 5Live he asserted that Gordon Brown would be out of office the next week. Shortly afterwards he was named as the 8th most influential individual in the British media - behind his proprietor Murdoch, but ahead of his editor, Rebekah Wade.[citation needed]

He covered his last UK General Election as political editor in May 2005. In December 2005 it was announced that he was to "move upstairs" in the New Year to the post of associate editor, with the job of political editor going to his long-serving deputy, George Pascoe-Watson.[citation needed]

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