Lobby election

Westminster’s political reporters have put their differences behind them to concentrate on making a success of celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

The 300-plus journalists signalled their readiness to move forward by electing Greg Hurst, parliamentary correspondent of The Times, as their new honorary secretary. He beat rival Jerry Lewis of Israel Radio by 69 votes to 14.

Hurst replaces Daily Telegraph political correspondent Benedict Brogan, who quit after the Press Association’s Chris Moncrieff was brought back to preside over the celebrations.

Political leaders, publishers and editors have been invited to a gala dinner at the London Hilton Metropole on 21 May to mark the decision of Speaker Abbott to reserve the back row of the Press Gallery to reporters in 1803.

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