ConservativeHome blogger granted lobby pass

As noted on this blog last month, political bloggers are to be granted the same access to parliament as their mainstream media counterparts.

Who would be the first, we asked. Well, now we learn that ConservativeHome’s Jonathan Isaby is now a proud lobby pass holder – one of, if not the, first blogger members.

“It certainly felt that the case I made was a strong one,” Isaby, who formerly worked for the BBC and the Telegraph, told Journalism.co.uk. As a full-time political blogger, he felt he should have the same access as political journalists. “As a site we break stories that are followed up by the mainstream media,” he said.

Whilst some claimed that ConservativeHome, in which Lord Ashcroft is a majority investor, had too much of a political agenda, he argued that that hadn’t previously precluded other publications, such as the socialist Morning Star, from being part of the lobby.

3 thoughts on “ConservativeHome blogger granted lobby pass

  1. Nash

    Kevin Maguire is hardly an objective journalist or Alastair Campbell before him. If Mirror writers have lobby passes why not conservativeHome!

  2. Yorkshire Terrorist

    I don’t get it – Isaby already had a Parliamentary pass courtesy of Greg Hands MP. Why does he need to go to Lobby briefings if he already breaks stories ahead of the MSM?

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