Rachel Wearmouth is to join the New Statesman as deputy political editor, leading the team’s lobby coverage under Andrew Marr, the political editor.
Wearmouth will join from the Daily Mirror, where she has been the paper’s senior political correspondent since 2021. Working closely with Pippa Crerar, the paper’s political editor, Wearmouth has broken several key stories relating to Keir Starmer’s reshaping of the Labour Party and the Johnson government’s partygate scandal.
Before joining the Daily Mirror, Wearmouth was political correspondent at HuffPost UK from 2017. She also has experience reporting from Holyrood, having worked at the Sunday Post prior to that. She started her career in journalism at the Northern Echo, based in Darlington, in 2008.
In her New Statesman role Wearmouth will work closely with Marr to set the weekly priorities for the politics team. She will also feature on our award-winning podcasts and lead the expansion of our Morning Call newsletter.
“I’m delighted to be joining the team at the New Statesman,” said Wearmouth. “Under Jason Cowley, the title has gone from strength to strength. Jason has assembled a brilliant set of writers and editors in Westminster and beyond, including Andrew Marr. Politics is in a fascinating moment and I look forward to helping the New Statesman entertain and inform its readers over the coming years.”
“We’re thrilled that Rachel is joining us,” said Jason Cowley, the New Statesman’s editor-in-chief. “Rachel is an experienced lobby journalist with strong Red Wall contacts and a track record of breaking stories. We’re confident that both her reporting and leadership in the lobby will ensure we produce even more of the coverage our readers value so much.”
Marr said: “Rachel’s a hugely experienced political journalist who knows the north of England and Scotland as well as Westminster, has great online experience alongside the big national titles and is one of the rising stars of the lobby. We are delighted to welcome her to our growing and successful political team and I look forward to working closely with her during what is going to be a momentous time in British politics.”