Beth Rigby

Beth Rigby


Political Editor, Sky News

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We’re chuffed to bits - @skynews  wins news channel of the year at the #RTSawards 

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Huge congratulations to my colleague @marthakelner , who only moved to telly from print just over a year ago and has just picked up her first of many #RTSawards . 👏👏👏

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Delighted for @esmesky  and all the #newsnightteam  who just picked up news programme of the year at the #rtsawards 👏👏👏

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Huge thanks to RTS for giving the Judges’ Award 2020 to the Political Teams of @SkyNews  @BBCNews  @itvnews  @Channel4News  @5_News  after a truly extraordinary year. TV a team effort. @George5News  and I delighted to pick it up for the @SkyNewsPoliticsPolitics  team. Best in the business.

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NEW: A new deadline in 4 months. Govt says it will quit trade talks by June and focus on no trade deal prep if progress is not being made on the easier elements of a trade deal.

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And on level playing field: UK will not agree to any obligations for our laws to be aligned with the EU’s or EU’s institutions, including the ECJ. Govt view is that EU is trying to ask UK to sign up to more than they agreed to do in Pol declaration

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And on the economic impact of the future relationship, consultations will begin in the spring. Will the govt publish an economic impact assessment (as it did in Nov 2018)? Wouldn’t commit to doing so.

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Plenty of politics on @SkyNews  tonight. In Westminster, No 10 sets out its trade negotiating position with EU. All the latest from 7pm And at 8pm we kick off our @UKLabour  debate in Dewsbury with @Keir_Starmer  @RLong_Bailey  & @lisanandy , hosted by @SophyRidgeSky . Tune in!

ANALYSIS: Forget May’s attempts at economic mitigation, for Johnson sovereignty trumps all else in trade talks Friction at border & hit to economy a price worth paying in return for British autonomy But govt is unwilling to spell out poss cost to public

This good from @SamuelMarcLowe  on the differences between May/Johnson approach to trade talks. One risk adverse the other with a very different approach

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Here’s Dave Merritt, whose son Jack was killed in the London Bridge attack, talking to me about Boris Johnson’s response. He accuses the Prime Minister of using the attack to “score some points in the election”.

NEW: Corbyn says NHS is up for sale and he has evidence to prove it. Says discussed in six rounds of talks, detailed in a 451-page leaked dept of international trade document. “This election is a fight for the survival of the NHS” #GE2019 

FT calls for PM to resign. I worked there for 17 years, and never seen anything like it

I forgot about this. My (last) interview with @BorisJohnson  was back in September and he told me this when I asked him about TV debates ?

Q: You promised an income tax cut for higher earners - now dropped. You promised to leave EU on Oct 31. You make promises you don’t keep. Voters laughed at you when you said the truth is important. Do u understand why some people don’t seem to trust you?

Great scoop via @PickardJE ⁩ who has got his hands on leaked Transport Dept docs suggesting govt’s Op Yellowhammer report on ports underplayed potential chaos. DfT spells out that tailbacks outside Dover could stretch to around 150km ?

This an excoriating attack on @BorisJohnson  from ex-Tory MP who briefly worked for PM as his CoS at City Hall. Boles says cannot vote Conservative in this election. Describes Johnson PM as “a compulsive liar who’s betrayed every single person he has ever had any dealings with”

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