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.

  • 20 Nov 2018

    Cabinet ministers got a glimpse of those plans this morning at a meeting variously described variously as “tense” and “constructive”. In the Commons, has Mrs May really dodged an attempt by Eurosceptic MPs to unseat her or is the plot continuing?

  • 20 Nov 2018

    Brexit: Cabinet meetings, tweaks to the text and a Brussels day trip

    Some Cabinet ministers say this morning’s gathering was a more low-key affair than last week’s. One around the table said “it was like the steam had gone out of it.” Chris Grayling spoke up, challenging the idea that Theresa May’s deal could ever get through the Commons. But others, one source said, were rather low-key. The Chief…

  • 19 Nov 2018

    “Be in no doubt, I am determined to deliver” my Brexit deal, Theresa May has told business leaders at the CBI conference. 

  • 16 Nov 2018

    Can Britain still slam the brakes on Brexit?

    Could Article 50 be revoked unilaterally by the UK government without having to ask for the EU’s permission?

  • 15 Nov 2018

    The Tory “no deal uprising”

    The ERG faction within a faction pushing for Theresa May to go hasn’t pulled off its mission yet. Sir Edward Leigh, who attended the group’s meeting this lunchtime but isn’t going to send a letter demanding a vote of no confidence, told me that this is in essence a “no deal uprising.” He said his colleagues worry…

  • 15 Nov 2018

    Amid resignations and a potential vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister, where next for Westminster? What are the chances of getting Theresa May’s Brexit deal through Parliament and what could happen if it doesn’t? A second referendum? A general election? A renegotiation? No deal? Political scientist Professor Philip Cowley and UK correspondent to German newspaper Die Welt Stefanie…

  • 14 Nov 2018

    What a difference a day makes. Last night, the first reports began to emerge. Today, we hoped to learn so much, but so far, no grand plan has been published. And ministerial resignations? Not yet anyway. Is the centre holding fast?  It is too soon to say.

  • 13 Nov 2018

    Senior Cabinet ministers have been summoned, a draft Brexit deal with the EU is on the table, but the real work is only just beginning – selling it to the Cabinet, parliament, if not the country at large.

  • 13 Nov 2018

    Brexit: the storm makes land

    We have two documents in Downing Street being read tonight: the Withdrawal Agreement (500 pages or so) and the outline political declaration (some four pages or so). That tells you how much work is still to be done in working out the future relationship. The negotiators haven’t even been able to hand in half their…

  • 12 Nov 2018

    Brexit negotiators were burning the midnight oil in Brussels last night, with scant detail about what might, if anything, be put to the cabinet tomorrow.

  • 9 Nov 2018

    How do you deal with rising populism? That was the dominant debate in the corridors at the EPP Summit in Helsinki this week. As populist movements continue to grow in Europe and beyond, what is motivating them and where is it all heading? In conversation with me for this week’s podcast is Professor Matthew Goodwin, author of ‘National Populism: The…

  • 8 Nov 2018

    The race is on to see if a Brexit deal can be signed off at a special summit of EU leaders later this month. For that to happen negotiators need a breakthrough – especially on the Irish border issue. European Council President Donald Tusk has warned it’s likely to be the beginning of next week before enough…

  • 8 Nov 2018

    Tusk on Brexit deal: “maybe 5, maybe 6, maybe 7 days” to go

    I asked European Council President Donald Tusk if there could be a deal within a week. He said: “I hope so … but still we need maybe 5, maybe 6, maybe 7 days.”

  • 6 Nov 2018

    Could there be a Brexit deal in November? The Prime Minister today stressed to her Cabinet the importance of reaching an agreement this month but said this must “not be done at any cost”.

  • 6 Nov 2018

    There had been plans for today’s Cabinet to be the one that signed off the Brexit deal and there are signs (see earlier blog) that the decisive Cabinet might not be far off. So, for your interest, here’s are some proposals drafted by a Comms official in Whitehall on how the plan, if and when it lands, should be sold.…