| Laura Kuenssberg |
Kuenssberg hosting the Labour leadership debate on 17 June 2015
|Born||Laura Juliet Kuenssberg|
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh, Georgetown University|
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Biased against Corbyn
On social media Laura Kuenssberg has been accused of conducting a series of politically-biased attacks on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Kuenssberg's extended interview with Corbyn on 16 November 2015 (three days after the terrorist attacks in Paris) is regarded as initiating her campaign.
On 10 May 2016, an online petition with 33,375 signatures calling for Laura Kuenssberg to be sacked from her role as BBC Political Editor was scrapped by 38 Degrees, reported by The Guardian as saying it had become a focal point for misogynist abuse. At PMQs on 11 May 2016 David Cameron denounced the petition as "sexist". When Craig Murray, one of the signatories, asked for evidence of this sexism he was refused. Murray said:
- "Laura Kuenssberg is I think the most openly biased journalist I have ever seen on the BBC, particularly in her very obvious vindictive hatred of Jeremy Corbyn and of Scottish Independence. Nobody seriously believes the BBC actually would remove her even if the petition reached a million. The continued process of stigmatisation of decent dissidents as 'antisemitic' or 'misogynist' is characteristic of a society in which deviating from the political line is rewarded with social stigma and exclusion."
On 11 May 2016, a petition demanding that 38 Degrees "cite the 'sexist abuse' evidence for scrapping our Laura Kuenssberg petition", and "convey full details individually to each signatory", gained over 500 signatures within 24 hours.
The daughter of Scottish businessman Nick Kuenssberg, OBE, and his wife Sally Kuenssberg, CBE, her paternal grandfather was German-born Dr Ekkehard von Kuenssberg, a founder and president of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Her maternal grandfather was Lord Robertson, a High Court of Justiciary judge. Her great-uncle was Sir James Robertson, the last colonial Governor-General of Nigeria.
Laura Kuenssberg was born in Italy, while her father was assigned there by Coats Viyella. She grew up in Glasgow, with her brother and sister, and attended Laurel Bank School, an independent girls' school.
Kuenssberg's sister Joanna is reported to be working for the Conservative Party as High Commissioner to Mozambique having formerly served at the British Embassy in Lisbon, while her brother reportedly works for the Conservative Party as a civil servant in the Department of Communities and Local Government.
After returning to UK, she worked for local radio and then cable television in Glasgow, before joining BBC North East and Cumbria in March 2000. Kuenssberg won a regional Royal Television Society award for her work as home affairs correspondent, and produced segments for the social affairs editor Niall Dickson. Kuenssberg reported for Channel 4 News prior to moving to the BBC.
Appointed chief political correspondent for BBC News, Kuenssberg reported for BBC One bulletins, The Daily Politics and the BBC News Channel. In May 2010, her presence was so ubiquitous in the period between the general election and the formation of a coalition government under David Cameron that journalist David Aaronovitch coined the term "Kuenssbergovision."
In September 2011 Kuenssberg took up the newly created role of business editor for ITV News and contributed towards business reporting on ITV's current affairs strand, Tonight. On 27 August 2013 she made her debut co-newscasting ITV News at Ten alongside Alastair Stewart.
On 12 November 2013 it was announced that she would leave ITV to return to the BBC as chief correspondent and a presenter of Newsnight, replacing Gavin Esler in the latter role. She joined the Newsnight team in February 2014.
In July 2015 she was appointed the BBC's political editor, the first woman to hold the position.
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