Former Sunday Mirror political editor Chris McLaughlin is to edit left-wing political magazine Tribune and has been given a pot of union cash to rejuvenate the title.

He declined to reveal what the size of the union investment was, but said: “It’s the biggest single cash investment since Tribune was formed in 1937.”

McLaughlin, 48, gave his notice at the Sunday Mirror in December intending to move into media consultancy, before the Tribune job came up. He left the paper two months ago.

He said: “The problem with Tribune is that it has always had to punch above its weight. With the support of a dedicated and hard-working staff the goal now has to be to put on more weight in terms of circulation, influence and readership appeal.”

McLaughlin hopes to widen readership by developing the magazine into “less of an iconoclastic image of the past and more of a signpost for the future”.

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