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 May 2017 Sections ,

    Election paused after Manchester attack

    This was the moment the election was meant to be moving into a higher gear. Many voters, the rubric tells us, don’t pay much attention until the last third of the campaign and the parties’ efforts are geared to that.

  • Published on 22 May 2017 Sections

    After today’s U-turn, Theresa May’s ‘Gloriana image’ is a little battered

    It’s hard to think of an occasion when a manifesto commitment has been overturned mid-campaign. In a stark formless landscape of rigid sloganeering, this striking policy stood out even more than it would normally and had a big negative impact on older voters who read their newspapers and listen to bulletins.

  • Published on 18 May 2017 Sections ,

    So the promise is that a Conservative government will tackle the “five giant challenges” facing Britain over the coming decade.

  • Published on 18 May 2017 Sections ,

    Theresa May attacks big business

    We had been told to expect a 1979 style, lean Tory manifesto giving direction of travel and not too much else. We got a bit more detail than that but something that defines itself against Thatcherite free market worship.

  • Published on 18 May 2017 Sections ,

    Are the Tories taking a risk with their core demographic?

    The Tories are taking a bit of a risk with their central demographic with today’s care proposals and the proposals on pensioner benefits. Extrapolating from the latest polls it looks like around 64% of their projected vote at the election could be over 50, 36% could be over 65. Compare that with Labour’s much younger…

  • Published on 17 May 2017

    It’s her name on the battle-bus, on the election leaflets and on the placards that surround every speech that Theresa May makes. For the Tories, the Prime Minister is the prime asset of the party in this highly-personalised campaign. But what is it that drives Theresa May herself? Channel 4 News has been speaking to…

  • Published on 17 May 2017 Sections ,

    A portrait of a young Theresa May: the ‘enigmatic’ student who wanted to roll back socialism

    Even when Theresa May was at the local school she told fellow pupils that she wanted to be Prime Minister.

  • Published on 16 May 2017 Sections ,

    Jeremy Corbyn has launched Labour’s manifesto with pledges to make the richest pay more tax. Mr Corbyn said it would fund billions of pounds in new spending on education, health and social care, scrap university tuition fees and renationalise the railways, Royal Mail, and public utilities. Some critics called it a return to the 70s,…

  • Published on 16 May 2017 Sections ,

    Corbyn’s manifesto – Labour offers a stark choice

    You do wonder if the team started with a number on one side and then worked back. The £48.6 billion tax and spend proposals equate to 40% of GDP. That puts this overall offer on the outer perimeters of British political experience but not beyond them. That 40% figure has generally not been breached apart…

  • Published on 12 May 2017 Sections ,

    “If he doesn’t make a stand we will have left no mark in history at all.”

    Those words, from a Corbyn ally at the top of the Labour Party tell you a lot about how the party leadership expects this election to go and the internal bloodbath Labour could be gearing up for on the other side of June 8th.

  • Published on 12 May 2017 Sections ,

    Two years ago Jeremy Corbyn was two hundred to one outsider in the Labour leadership contest. He defied those odds to win. Now he is in another race to be the next Prime Minister – and many say the odds are stacked against him again. According to his devoted supporters, his idealism is exactly what…

  • Published on 11 May 2017 Sections ,

    While the Labour leadership was discussing its manifesto, the Prime Minister was visiting a mental health charity in London. Our Political Editor Gary Gibbon went along to meet her.

  • Published on 11 May 2017 Sections ,

    Labour leak from a lone wolf at Labour HQ?

    There had been an armed truce in the Labour Party for most of this year and particularly enforced since the election was called. The Right of the Party (hard to know what the “centre” is these days – a hotly contested issue) were not attacking the leadership and toying with coming back for Jeremy Corbyn…

  • Published on 9 May 2017

    It might already appear well under way, but today Jeremy Corbyn officially launched Labour’s election campaign. At a rally in Manchester, Mr Corbyn said if he won there would be a reckoning for “tax cheats, rip-off bosses and greedy bankers”.

  • Published on 9 May 2017 Sections ,

    Jeremy Corbyn – ‘we have four weeks to ruin their party’

    Am in Manchester following Jeremy Corbyn. He’s packed 1,000 supporters into a hall for his campaign launch. The backdrop is his battle bus, driven into the venue on a near empty tank due to health and safety rules.