New editor for Total Politics

Total Politics magazine has appointed Ben Duckworth as its new editor replacing Sarah MacKinlay who left the title last week.

After guiding the magazine through its first 18-months, launch editor MacKinlay has left to start a new PR company called Journalista.

Duckworth was previously political editor of the magazine.

Total Politics was launched last year by Conservative political blogger Iain Dale with Tory grandee Michael Ashcroft providing major financial backing.

Despite their right-of-centre leanings, Dale promised a non-partisan lifestyle magazine dedicated to all things political.

He took the role of publisher appointing MacKinlay, daughter of Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay, as the editor. The title launched carrying an interview with Gordon Brown in the first issue.

Dale wrote on his blog today: “Having just put her 15th issue to bed, Sarah can look back on her 18 months as editor of the magazine with pride.

“When I appointed her I knew she was being thrown in at the deep end, but she rose to the challenge magnificently. I know we are all going to miss her terribly, but I am glad to say she will still be writing the odd piece for us.”

Total Politics is sent free to politicians and available via the newsstand and subscription.

The magazine has also recruited Amber Elliott, formerly lobby and parliamentary reporter for Dods Monitoring, as its new political correspondent.

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