One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) a senior political journalist of a group receiving direct but unattributable briefings from the government.
- ‘I vividly recall the atmosphere at Westminster during the Gulf War because I was a lobby correspondent there at the time.’
- ‘The lobby correspondents are predominantly men who have developed a particular style of reporting on the hunt for divisions, acrimonious splits, and barnstorming speeches.’
- ‘A great deal of political reporting is undoubtedly, and perhaps unavoidably, corrupt; the result of a cosy arrangement between the Downing Street press office and the lobby correspondents who inhabit the corridors of Westminster.’
- ‘From 1993 to 1997 he was a lobby correspondent based at Westminster, and from 1997 Africa correspondent working out of Johannesburg where he won an award for his exclusive on the beating of black suspects by the South African police.’
- ‘He loves the sly, slightly sinister world of Westminster politics: the nod, the wink; the spin and counter-spin; the ‘You might say so, but I couldn't possibly comment’ atmosphere in which the lobby correspondent works.’
- ‘It is being run by advertising agents, frontbenchers and lobby correspondents.’
- ‘All the time he was also working hard to win friends among the Westminster lobby correspondents.’
- ‘As a young lobby correspondent I remember well that diminutive figure, standing slightly to one side in the then famous Annie's Bar, puffing on his wee cigars, sipping his dram and taking everything in.’
- ‘At one Downing Street reception for lobby correspondents - a group he loathed but put up with for his wife's sake - he approached a bunch of us, gin in hand.’
- ‘Who was it who ran a ‘White Commonwealth’ of tame lobby correspondents who would toe Maggie's line?’
- ‘Political junkies once had to satiate their desire for Westminster intrigue by reading between the lines of the lobby correspondents' newspaper columns.’
- ‘If the lobby correspondent writes up, for instance, the 45 minute warning with the PM's imprimatur, it is quite difficult for an editor to prefer a story that questions it.’
- ‘This may sound odd coming from one who was once described by a lobby correspondent as a ‘super loyalist’.’
- ‘Under the cloak of anonymity, lily-livered Scottish members of parliament and sundry ‘senior’ Whitehall ministers called their lapdogs - otherwise known as lobby correspondents - and dictated their deepest thoughts.’
- ‘He was merely expatiating to lobby hacks - yes and maybe showing off a little to the assembled female lobby correspondents - about the arguments taking place behind closed doors in the higher reaches of government.’
- ‘Nowhere is this tendency more prevalent than amongst Parliamentary lobby correspondents in Westminster.’
- ‘This strategy dates back to a long running conundrum in 10 Downing Street: what to do with the lobby correspondents who work together in the House of Commons - and collectively sniff out stories which embarrass the government.’
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