Sarah Smith to replace Andrew Neil on BBC Sunday Politics

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The BBC’s Sarah Smith is to take over as host of the corporation’s Sunday Politics as Andrew Neil steps down.

Smith, the daughter of former Labour leader John Smith, will host the programme when it returns on Sunday September 17 at 11am, following its summer break.

Neil said: “I loved presenting Sunday Politics, it was a privilege and honour to hold the political discourse up to the light for all those years and while I will miss it greatly I am delighted to continue to work for the BBC on This Week, Daily Politics and other projects.

“I wish Sarah the best of luck with this challenging and wonderful production.”

Andrew Neil is stepping down from hosting Sunday Politics (Dave Bennett)

Smith said: “Andrew is one of the great political interviewers who leaves big shoes to fill. 

“I am thrilled to take on this role at such an exciting time in British politics.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the Sunday Politics team. For me now, if it is a Sunday it’s the Sunday Politics.”

Who is Sarah Smith?

Sarah Smith is the BBC’s Scotland Editor, having joined the corporation in spring 2014.

Born in 1968, she is the daughter of the late former Labour Party leader John Smith, and grew up in Edinburgh.

After graduating from the University of Glasgow, she joined the BBC’s graduate trainee scheme, later working for Channel 4 and 5 News.

Smith returned to the BBC to work north of the border in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum.

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