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Tuesday, 19 May, 1998, 21:10 GMT 22:10 UK
Nick Assinder
Nick Assinder has been a member of the press lobby in the House of Commons for the best part of 13 years.

After working as a general news reporter and news editor for a number of regional newspapers, he started in Westminster in 1985 as political correspondent for the Bristol-based Western Daily Press.

One of the big local stories he covered at the time concerned the future of the Westland helicopter company. The row over the issue eventually escalated into one of the greatest crises ever faced by the Thatcher government.

Later the following year, Assinder joined the Daily Mail's political team as political correspondent - just in time to cover the 1987 general election and the rise and fall of the Militant tendency inside the Labour party.

A couple of years later he moved to the Daily Express - first as chief political correspondent, then as deputy political editor. In 1992 he left the Commons to work for the Express as European editor and then diplomatic editor.

He left the Express in 1996 before joining the launch team for Microsoft Network News as political correspondent, becoming one of the country's first "cyberhacks".

During his career he has covered four general elections, numerous summits and about a dozen rounds of party conferences.

He was responsible for the Daily Express's coverage of Northern Ireland and helped cover the war in Bosnia as well as elections in other European countries.

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