Sarah Smith: the Sunday Politics host with her own political pedigree

The presenter taking over from Andrew Neil is used to accusations of Labour bias as the daughter of former leader John Smith

It was Sarah Smith’s “political expertise and pedigree” that convinced BBC bosses the broadcaster’s Scotland editor was the perfect replacement for Andrew Neil as Sunday Politics presenter.

There is her professional pedigree as a hugely experienced and respected journalist with a string of high profile posts at Channel 4 and the BBC under her belt. Then there is her family pedigree, as daughter of the late Labour leader John Smith. It is always the latter seized on by critics keen to prove left-leaning BBC bias. It has happened before, and it is happening again.

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