Backbench has appointed three new general editors to its growing editorial team. The new editors are Violet Daniels, Ben Thompson and Eleanor Longman-Rood.

The existing team is very excited to welcome its new members and is looking forward to taking on what is sure to be a tumultuous news cycle over the latter half of 2020.

More information about each of the editors is below:

Violet is a recent history graduate from the University of York. She currently works part-time, ahead of starting an MA in Journalism. She likes to write about national politics and areas of social inequality, often with a historical perspective, but is also a big fan of anything literature related.

Ben is a recent Modern History graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is generally interested in writing about social issues and the discourse surrounding freedom of speech. In his spare time, Ben enjoys running and reading.

Eleanor is a recent Politics (With a Year Abroad) BA graduate from the University of York. After being awarded a place, she spent her exchange year in Canada at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Her main interests include US electoral politics and Middle Eastern affairs, and she has journalistic endeavours to, one day, write a column.

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