Allegra Stratton

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Allegra Stratton
Allegra Stratton at Policy Exchange.jpg
Stratton in 2015
Born (1980-11-25) 25 November 1980 (age 38)
EducationEmmanuel College, Cambridge
Notable credit(s)
ITV News
Spouse(s)James Forsyth

Allegra Stratton (born 25 November 1980) is a British journalist and writer. Since January 2016, she has been the National Editor of ITV News after four years as political editor on BBC Two's Newsnight.[1] She has also co-presented Peston on Sunday with Robert Peston since May 2016. It was announced on Peston on Sunday on 27th May 2018 that Allegra would not be returning for the new series in September.

Early life[edit]

Stratton attended Chiswick Community School and Latymer Upper School, an independent school in west London. She then attended 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 journalist 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.[6]

In November 2015, it was announced that Stratton was leaving the BBC to join ITV News as its National Editor.[7] Stratton made her first appearance on ITV's News at Ten in January 2016. She co-presentedPeston on Sunday, ITV with Robert Peston until May 2018.

Personal life[edit]

Allegra Stratton is married to James Forsyth, political editor of The Spectator magazine.[8] The couple live in Canonbury, north London.[9]


  • Muhajababes New York, Melville House Publishing, 2008. ISBN 1-933633-50-6


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