Spectator editorship for Nelson

A FORMER political editor of The Scotsman has been appointed editor of the conservative political magazine, The Spectator.

Fraser Nelson succeeds Matthew d’Ancona, who is stepping down after three-and-a-half years in the post.

Nelson has been the magazine’s political editor.

While at The Scotsman, which he left in February three years ago, he was previously a Westminster editor.

The Guardian newspaper quotes the magazine’s chair and editor-in-chief, Andrew Neil, saying of Nelson that he is the “most talented political editor of his generation” and a “natural to be editor of the Spectator”.

In the same article, Nelson is quoted, saying: “Against the cacophony of the 24-hour news era, there has never been a greater need for what the Spectator offers: wit, style, mischief, elegance of thought and independence of opinion.

“As editor, I will aim to protect and project its unique voice, combining the best literary and arts coverage in Britain with agenda-setting analysis.

“To edit the Spectator is, quite simply, the greatest honour in journalism and I hugely look forward to what lies ahead.”