A personal blog on the unusual world of East End politics by me, Ted Jeory, a (former) Tower Hamlets resident and an ex-accountant who spent nine years in the City and in business before becoming an award-winning deputy editor of the East London Advertiser where I used to write a weekly column called Trial by Jeory.
I moved from the ELA to the Sunday Express full time in late 2008 where I became Whitehall Editor and Home Affairs Editor working in the Westminster Lobby on off-diary stories and investigations. In August 2013, I became Digital News Director for the Express website.
I was shortlisted for Mind’s Journalist of the Year award in 2012 for leading the Sunday Express’s groundbreaking mental health campaign which won Mind’s Making a Difference Award that year.
I’ve been a speaker at the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s summer school since 2011 and in December 2014 I left the Express group to concentrate on longer form investigations.
I am now the deputy editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
I created this blog in 2010, partly because local papers weren’t able to devote enough resources to holding Tower Hamlets council to account; and probably more because I missed doing it.
I write it in my spare time and as such the posts will not be as regular as they need to be, but I try to write something at least once a week.
The views I express here are defintely not those of my employer, and according to one former Respect/Labour councillor, I’m a “working class ‘wanna-be-upmarket-urban-rat-low life'”.
In February 2013, this blog became the first to be shortlisted for the Private Eye/Guardian Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism…which made me quite chuffed.