16 Facts About Andrew Gilligan


Andrew Gilligan is best known for a 2003 report on BBC Radio 4's The Today Programme in which he described a British government briefing paper on Iraq and weapons of mass destruction as 'sexed up'.

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Andrew Gilligan was awarded Journalist of the Year in 2008 for his investigative reports on Ken Livingstone and was shortlisted for the award again in 2015 for investigations which helped cause the downfall of politician Lutfur Rahman.

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Andrew Gilligan has been a nominee for the Paul Foot Award, the Orwell Prize, the British Journalism Awards and Foreign Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

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Andrew Gilligan was born in Teddington, London, to Catholic parents, Kevin and Ann.

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Andrew Gilligan was educated at Grey Court School, Kingston College of Further Education and at St John's College, Cambridge, where he studied history and was news editor of the student newspaper Varsity.

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Andrew Gilligan was a member of Cambridge Universities Labour Club.

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In May 2003, Andrew Gilligan made a broadcast in which he claimed that the British Government had "sexed up" a report in order to exaggerate the weapon of mass destruction capabilities of Saddam Hussein.

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Andrew Gilligan resigned from the BBC in 2004, in the wake of the Hutton Inquiry surrounding the death of David Kelly, after Lord Hutton questioned the reliability of Andrew Gilligan's evidence.

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Andrew Gilligan was named Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards in 2008 for his work on the London Mayoral elections, described as "relentless investigative journalism at its best".

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Between 2007 and 2009 Andrew Gilligan presented a fortnightly programme for Press TV, the Iranian government's English-language TV channel.

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Andrew Gilligan stopped his regular show in December 2009, though he appeared twice more on the network just before the UK's May 2010 general election.

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In 2009 Andrew Gilligan became London editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph,.

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Andrew Gilligan was a reporter for Channel 4's investigative programme Dispatches, covering a number of issues, including Rahman and his claimed involvement with the Islamic Forum of Europe in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.

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On 22 November 2011, Andrew Gilligan criticised the Leveson Inquiry in an appearance before the House of Lords communications committee.

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In January 2013, Andrew Gilligan was appointed as the Cycling Commissioner for London by the Mayor, Boris Johnson.

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Andrew Gilligan had accused Kozbar of supporting Palestinian violence against Israel's occupation.

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