Gary Gibbon , Political Editor

Channel 4 News Political Editor gives his take on the latest news and gossip from the corridors of power in Westminster and beyond.

Gary Gibbon has been Channel 4 News Political Editor since 2005. He gives his take on the latest news and gossip from the corridors of power in Westminster and beyond.

Gary has worked on four general elections for Channel 4 News. His interview with Peter Mandelson in 2001 triggered the Northern Ireland Secretary's second resignation from the Cabinet.

In 2006, he won the Royal Television Society Home News Award with Jon Snow for the scoop on the Attorney General's Legal Advice on Iraq. Gary also revealed details of Blair's pre-War meeting with George Bush n 2008 and won the Political Studies Association Broadcast Journalist of the Year award.

  • Published on 23 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    Budget 2017 and the march towards that light on the hill

    The Resolution Foundation has crunched the numbers from the OBR Report and the Budget and projects that wages are now looking like they will stay flat for an extraordinary 17 years, reaching pre-Crisis levels only in 2025. That will knock the National Living Wage projected rate down to £8.56 in 2020 if the gloomy prophecy is fulfilled. 

  • Published on 22 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    A joke about cough sweets didn’t sugar the pill – the economic forecasts in Philip Hammond’s second budget this year were much gloomier than those he announced in the spring. The Chancellor admitted that productivity “continues to disappoint” and that meant a sharp slash in the prediction for future growth. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said…

  • Published on 22 Nov 2017 Sections , ,

    Budget 2017: Lower growth forecast a daunting prospect for UK

    This was not a transformatory Budget but the OBR figures on projected growth do threaten to change things in a big way. A 0.5% cut in trend growth sounds like nothing in particular, but cumulatively it can have a big impact.

  • Published on 22 Nov 2017 Sections , ,

    Brexit and the question of Ireland

    Jeremy Corbyn made a rare PMQs foray into Brexit focusing in his first question on Ireland.

  • Published on 21 Nov 2017 Sections , ,

    The Irish Government  said today that Britain will not break the deadlock in the Brexit negotiations simply by offering to pay more money to the EU.

  • Published on 20 Nov 2017 Sections , ,

    Britain’s Brexit bill could be double the amount that Theresa May offered the EU in September. The critical cabinet committee in charge of making the decision has just finished meeting in Downing Street. The EU says without that promise of extra money, the talks won’t move on to the future trading relationship, and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has also warned Britain…

  • Published on 20 Nov 2017 Sections , , ,

    What does Merkel’s coalition crisis mean for Brexit?

    UK diplomats worry that prolonged uncertainty in Germany over the formation of a new government means that officials may take control of events and that hardens the German position. Some claim that it was German officials who shaped the setback at the European Council in October when the UK was deemed to have made insufficient…

  • Published on 15 Nov 2017 Sections

    Merkel ally: December breakthrough possible

    Manfred Weber, leader of the EPP in the European Parliament and an ally of Chancellor Merkel, has left a meeting with Theresa May feeling a bit more optimistic about the prospects for the European Council meeting in December. Theresa May desperately needs that to be the moment that Brexit talks move on to Phase 2…

  • Published on 15 Nov 2017

    Offensive and bullying: that’s the charge against national newspapers which accused 15 Conservative MPs of being “mutineers” and “collaborators”. The MPs were singled out for threatening to rebel against the government’s plans to fix the Brexit date into law. One of them, Anna Soubry, told parliament that as a result of the headlines, she had…

  • Published on 14 Nov 2017 Sections

    The votes are happening as we speak. As MPs hold their first in-depth debate on the EU withdrawal bill, several Tory rebels are already signalling they’ll join Labour, who are demanding that Theresa May drop an amendment which enshrines the departure date in law. Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer branded it a “desperate gimmick” which…

  • Published on 13 Nov 2017 Sections

    In a major concession by the government, MPs and peers will get to debate and vote on a special bill setting out all the terms of Brexit including the transition period and key issues like citizens’ rights when they are finally agreed. Labour’s Keir Starmer called it a “significant climbdown from a weak government on…

  • Published on 2 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    The unexpected resignation of Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary yesterday has been followed today by the equally unexpected appointment of Gavin Williamson as his replacement. The elevation of the chief whip, who ran Mrs May’s successful Conservative Party leadership campaign but has never held ministerial office, has provoked disbelief and anger among some MPs.

  • Published on 2 Nov 2017 Sections

    New Defence Secretary installed in ‘House of Cards’ reshuffle

    Theresa May was under pressure to promote fresh faces who might be considered for the highest office.

  • Published on 25 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    Brexit secretary David Davis said today that the deal could come at the “59th minute of the 11th hour”, meaning MPs would only get to vote on it after Britain had left the EU. That was contradicted by Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions, but Labour MPs are still furious.

  • Published on 24 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    What happens to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is one of the three priority issues in the Brexit negotiations. The Prime Minister has given assurances there’ll be no physical infrastructure at the border after Brexit. But others have claimed a hard border is inevitable. Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern gives his view.