Ayesha will at the end of July be taking over from Charlotte Edwardes, who will be able to focus on her role as the Evening Standard’s senior feature writer and columnist.
Evening Standard editor George Osborne said: “Ayesha is one of the brightest new stars of British journalism. She is already a brilliant columnist for the Standard – and she will now be a formidable editor of our diary pages. She builds on the great work of Charlotte Edwardes, who will now be able to focus full-time on the interviews and columns that have rightly won her awards. If you want to know what’s really going on then it’s simple: you have to read the Londoner.”
Ayesha said: “I’m delighted to be joining the great team at the Evening Standard. I’ve always loved the paper ever since moving here from Glasgow more than 20 years ago, so it’s a huge privilege to be editing the Londoner.”
Ayesha Hazarika was awarded an MBE for services to politics in 2016, having helped to draft the landmark Equality Act 2010 and serving as special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband. Ayesha is now a political commentator and broadcaster across national media, as well as a stand-up comedian.