Laura Kuenssberg has said that the atmosphere at The Spectator’s summer party, which took place after Boris Johnson’s resignation, was “very hot, very wild and very strange”.
The 46-year-old journalist, who has just been announced as Andrew Marr’s successor on the BBC’s Sunday morning politics programme, was among the attendees of the July event.
Guests attending the event at the offices of the far-right magazine in Westminster included prominent Conservatives, including Rishi Sunak, Nadhim Zahawi and Sir Graham Brady.
Speaking to British Vogue for the September issue, Kuenssberg said of the party: “Very hot, very wild and very weird.
“It was like being in a rainforest, not just because of the heat, but because they killed the monster that had driven them around for so long.
“And the next generation is snooping around, trying to forge new alliances and claim the tastiest, plumpest fruits for themselves.”
Kuenssberg compared the way the Prime Minister lost his party’s support to the Jenga game.
“One comes out, then another, and it gets wobbly, then it settles, but then, when it really crashes, it breaks down really fast and gets really messy,” she said.
She added: “I think it’s clear that, up until last night, there was a real sense of rejection.”
Kuenssberg will take over the Sunday political show on September 4 with a new set, format and theme music.
Mishal Husain and Sophie Raworth were both previously touted as frontrunners to succeed Marr as presenter, after he left the BBC for Global.
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Kuenssberg also addressed the abuse she faced online during her time as the BBC’s political editor.
“The BBC is a big organization and we don’t always get everything right, so if there’s real criticism then of course you have to take that into consideration,” she said.
“But that is different from someone who is always being mean about a woman on the phone. It’s a horrible little side effect, but it doesn’t do the job.
“Some of the feedback you get from the public is very meaningful. If someone wants to expose me… Really? “
Kuenssberg said she hopes the abuse she receives doesn’t stop young women from pursuing careers in journalism or politics.
“We have to live to the extreme, especially for those who are just starting out, and support them where we can,” she said.
“What drives me crazy is that young people entering this industry – and especially young women – can look at what’s happened online and think ‘That’s not the place for me. ‘.”
– Full feature included in the September issue of British Vogue, available via digital download and on newsstands.
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