Daisy McAndrew joins London Live for mayoral election coverage

Daisy McAndrew on ITV's This Morning

London Live, the capital’s TV channel, has today announced that former Economics Editor and Chief Political Correspondent of ITV News Daisy McAndrew will be anchoring all London Live coverage of the forthcoming mayoral elections.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting these exciting shows, looking at all aspects of the race to be London’s next Mayor. As a lifelong and proud Londoner and a passionate believer that politics is not only important but can be fun too, I can’t wait to get stuck in.” – Daisy McAndrew

As part of London Live’s focus on the Mayoral Election, Daisy will also host London Votes an hour-long programme which will air weeknights for the final two weeks running up to the election, featuring the latest news, events and exclusive interviews from the London mayoral campaign trail.

On Thursday 21st April, Daisy will be giving her expert analysis of the London Mayoral Hustings with the London Evening Standard, where the main candidates will be speaking. London Votes will address the main issues that are affecting Londoners across 32 boroughs, speaking directly with local residents, businesses and MPs getting their thoughts on the candidate’s pledges and manifestos.

“As the election campaign enters the crucial final weeks of the campaign, we will be dedicating an hour every evening to give detailed but accessible and informative coverage of the battle to be London’s mayor and to run City Hall. The Mayor and Assembly control many key aspects of life in the capital and we want to make sure that Londoners are given the best information possible to help them decide how their city is run”. – Jim Grice, Head of News and Current Affairs for London Live

Daisy McAndrew was born and bred in London.  At the age of 19 Daisy worked as a researcher in the House of Commons and then went on to edit The House Magazine between 1995 and 1997 before becoming a freelance political journalist in the House of Commons Press Gallery.

Daisy then decided to develop a career in broadcasting making regular contributions across television and radio and presenting Channel 4’s lunchtime political programme ‘Powerhouse’. Under her maiden name Daisy Sampson she co-hosted the weekly lunchtime show The Daily Politics with Andrew Neil and presented Yesterday in Parliament on BBC Breakfast.

Daisy then went on to present the weekday drivetime show for LBC.  In September 2005 she joined ITV as Chief political Correspondent for ITV News and in June 2008 became ITV News Economics Editor after returning from maternity leave. She has also been seen on several other ITV programmes including Loose Women and This Morning.

“We are delighted Daisy McAndrew will be anchoring all of our coverage on the London Mayoral elections and hosting London Votes, she has extensive broadcasting experience in politics and her knowledge and access will bring a considerable amount of added value to our audience.” -Jim Grice, Head of News and Current Affairs for London Live

London Votes will air weekdays from 21st April at 6pm on London Live, Freeview 8, YouView 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159

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Pictured Top: Daisy McAndrew on ITV’s This Morning. Pictured Bottom: The London Live logo with London imagery.