Don’t shoot the messenger: MPs vote for best journalists

We asked Populus to survey more than 120 MPs to find out which journalists give the best analysis of what’s really happening in Westminster.

To find out about the Government’s back benches, Tory MPs say turn to Isabel Hardman and Matthew Parris, with fellow Spectator journalists James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson also listed. Tim Montgomerie gets a mention, too – showing he has kept his finger on the Tory pulse even while he’s Stateside…

Labour MPs nominated Owen Jones, Jon Snow and Andrew Rawnsley to help explain the secrets of their side of the House, giving a thumbs up to some of the Guardian’s leading columnists. However, Labour Party members might be less thrilled that the Mail’s Dan Hodges paints an accurate, if rarely pretty, picture of what’s happening under Jeremy Corbyn.

Meanwhile, Iain Macwhirter of The Herald is the runaway favourite of SNP MPs.

Perhaps most importantly, we asked all MPs who gives the best overall analysis of politics – and the BBC scored a hat-trick. The Today Programme’s Nick Robinson won third place, the BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg was second, and Andrew Neil from the Daily Politics was comfortably voted the best overall political journalist by Members of Parliament. Maybe a few Ministers will let him interview them now…

Here’s a summary of the final results:



Best overall

Best on Conservatives

Best on Labour


Neil (17%)

Hardman/Parris (16%)

Jones (11%)


Kuenssberg (12%)

Montgomerie (14%)

Snow/ Rawnsley (7%)


Robinson (6%)

Neil/ Forsyth/ Nelson (10%)

Robinson/ Hodges (4%)


For media comment and full data tables, please contact Greig Baker, GUIDE’s Chief Executive, on

GUIDE is a political intelligence company based in Westminster. We commissioned Populus to interview 122 Members of Parliament between March-April 2016.

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