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Lucy Hunter Johnston

Producer of The Leader
Executive editor for the EveningStandard - features, columnist, tv critic & podcast producer


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London Bridge attack hero John Crilly proves prisoner rehabilitation is vital
An convicted murderer named John Crilly challenged the London Bridge terror attacker with a fire extinguisher despite knowing that Usman Khan was wearing what he believed was a live explosives vest. John Crilly told the BBC he was prepared to die to protect others and insists he is not a hero. The Leader podcast spoke to our Crime Correspondent Anthony France to discuss what John Crilly shows us about the importance of prisoner rehabilitation.Boris Johnson has cast his vote - and took his dog Dilyn to the polling station. The Evening Standard today is urging everyone to make sure they vote.It’s that time of year again where theatres across the UK host a variety of different Pantomimes to celebrate the Christmas period. Our theatre critic Nic Curtis visited the Palladium theatre last night to watch ‘Goldilocks And The Three Bears’ staring a host of stars including Julian Clary and Paul O’Grady. Nic tells the Leader podcast why it’s “indecently good fun” For information regarding your data privacy, visit
George Osborne: why the Evening Standard says vote Boris Johnson in general election 2019
In the Evening Standard’s editorial today the paper urges voters to support Boris Johnson’s Conservatives on Thursday. George Osborne – himself a veteran of multiple elections as both senior politician and editor of the Evening Standard – joins The Leader podcast to discuss why the paper supports Mr. Johnson for Prime Minister. In the podcast, George Osborne reveals who he will be voting for – and why he might be tempted to vote for Independents David Gauke, Dominic Grieve or Anne Milton if he lived in their constituencies. Subscribe to The Leader podcast for the best in election comment and analysis. We’re releasing an election results special on Friday, in which our senior editors will dissect the result and ask – ‘What happens next?’TRANSCRIPTPRESENTER:                       From the Evening Standard in London, this is the Leader. PRESENTER:                       The Leader speaks to our editor George Osborne about how the newspaper came to its decision, and how he personally will vote in an election like no otherPRESENTER:                      In the very first episode of the Leader podcast, we spoke to the Standard’s Associate editor Julian Glover about the history, and purpose of the Editorial column – “It carries clear, sharp, opinions on key news stories of the day,” he told us. “to inform you and make you think…” And it was all leading up to this. On the eve of the General Election, this newspaper has traditionally backed a candidate to be Prime Minister – In December 2019… here’s what the Evening Standard thinks:ES COMMENT:This newspaper speaks for London when we say we’re unhappy with the two paths presented to us: Brexit under the Tories or national bankruptcy under Labour. Jeremy Corbyn is manifestly unfit to hold the highest office in the land. That has been obvious since Labour made the suicidal decision to choose him as their leader four years ago. The other person who could be PM on Friday is already in Downing Street. As with all prime ministers, the traits that propelled Boris Johnson to the highest office will inevitably be the ones that eventually force him from it. While he says he wants to “get Brexit done”, he knows that cannot happen: we are condemned to years of agonising negotiation which will end in us following EU rules we no longer control. But since Mr Johnson took office this summer, he has been more focused and more serious than anyone expected. And, just maybe, he can restore to the country the optimism and confidence that was lost in that referendum result he helped deliver. When it comes to the choice between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson, there is no contest. Corbyn would be a disaster for Britain. The Evening Standard backs Boris to remain as PM.PRESENTER:                      Shortly after the column went to print, I knocked on our editor George Osborne’s office door, and asked him how the Standard came to its decision:DAVID MARSLANDGeorge, the Leader today starts off by saying that the newspapers unhappy with the past proposed to the people. Why is... For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Stopping Jeremy Corbyn is not the same as an economic plan, Conservatives
Boris Johnson has written for the Evening Standard warning of “profound” economic damage if Jeremy Corbyn wins the election. But what about the Conservatives own plans? The Leader podcast ask the Evening Standard’s associate editor Julian Glover to take us through the Prime Minister’s proposals.A big accountancy firm called Grant Thornton has been hit with a fine of £650,000 over mistakes made in an audit of a stock-market listed company, however the identity of this company has been kept a secret. The Leader podcast spoke to the Evening Standard’s city correspondent Michael Bow who explains the background behind the story, and why the name of the company should be revealed.***TRANSCRIPTPRESENTERThanks for listening to The Leader you can subscribe to make sure you get the best news analysis and commentary at 4pm every day. Now, from the Evening Standard in London this… is The LeaderPRESENTERHi I'm David Marsland. Boris Johnson's written for the Standard warning of profound economic damage if Jeremy Corbyn wins the election, but what about the Tories plansJULIAN GLOVERUnderneath all the noise The Conservative economic proposals are pretty modest, except for one big catastrophic thing which is Brexit.PRESENTERAssociate Editor Julian Glover takes us through the PMS proposals and….MICHAEL BOWThe FRC has room to use its discretion not to name a company now one of the reasons for this is to do with public interestPRESENTERCity correspondent Michael bow on the city secret this newspaper should be revealed.PRESENTERTaken from the Evening Standard’s editorial column this is The Leader. For the whole thing pick up the newspaper or head to In a moment: Why stopping Jeremy Corbyn is not the same as a Tory economic plan.PART 2PRESENTERYou've probably seen this Boris Johnson recreating a scene from love actually. [CLIPS USED] BORIS JOHNSON ELECTION CAMPAIGN ‘LOVE ACTUALLY’  JEREMY CORBYN READS MEAN TWEETS“I'll bet Jeremy Corbyn will be glad when this election is over, so he can go back to wearing his commy hat. The Labour leaders reading mean tweets about himself and his spending plans. Jeremy Corbyn isn't some kind of kind be magic grandpa. Quite the opposite in fact. Wow. Can someone tell me who Jeremy Corbyn is? the next prime minister”PRESENTERJoking aside the economy's been oddly absent from much of the election debate writing in the Standard today, the Prime Minister's trying to put it front and centre warning the damage to economic confidence would be profound if labour wins this week. Our editorial column agrees but argues Mr. Johnson has questions or his own to answer:LEADER COMMENTThe poll suggests there isn't going to be a majority Labour government. So a rather more important question is what a conservative government would do to the economy, what do we know? Ignore the noise. On spending, as the Institute for Fiscal Studies says, there would be little in the way of changes to tax, spending... For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Have Boris Johnson’s Conservatives got General Election wrapped up already? RMT Christmas strikes may go beyond New Year; & Big Sleep Out success
Boris Johnson is hitting Labour strongholds in the final days of this election. He says he’s taking nothing for granted despite a Survation poll showing him with a 14-point lead. In the Evening Standard, pollster Ben Page says a late swing from the Conservatives can’t be ruled out – and neither can a hung parliament. The Standard’s political editor, Joe Murphy, joins the Leader podcast from Westminster.London commuters have been counting down until the end of the RMT union’s 27 day South Western Railway strike. But more bad news came today as the RMT has threatened to continue the strike until after New Year’s Day. The Leader podcast thinks the Government should step in.Trafalgar Square became a sea of sleeping bags for the Big Sleep Out, as thousands of Londoners swapped warm beds for a night of rough sleeping to raise money for homeless charities. The Leader podcast spoke to journalists Hattie Brewis and Naomi Ackerman to tell find out why events like this are so important. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
Grenfell: Sadiq Khan forces London Fire Brigade Commissioner to quit; special report on extremism prevention in UK
Dany Cotton's departure:London’s Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton has been forced out of service by Mayor Sadiq Khan over her “insensitive” response to the tragedy in which 72 people who died. The Evening Standard’s Ross Lydall broke the story and spoke to The Leader podcast about the meeting with Grenfell families that forced the Mayor to act.Tackling extremism: The Evening Standard has been investigating measures to prevent extremism in the UK following the London Bridge attack last week. The dreadful attack has prompted a fierce debate about sentencing - but should there be more of a priority on tackling the problem at its root? Our Home Affairs editor Martin Bentham told the Leader podcast about his special report. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
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