Sophy Ridge

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Sophy Ridge joined Sky News in January 2010 as Political Correspondent, working predominantly on the channel’s Sunrise programme.

Since joining Sky News, Sophy has gained recognition for her broadcasting at the annual party conferences and during the closure of the News of the World. Last year she launched a popular Waste Watch blog, tracking Government spending.

Sophy has won a number of journalism awards. In 2012 she received a Gold Award in the MHP communication consultancy awards. She was singled out for her engaging political broadcasting, her excellent use of social media and her ability to "even keep Adam Boulton on his toes."

In 2011 she was named as the top-rated female political blogger in the Total Politics Blog Awards.

Previously, Sophy worked for the News of the World’s political team. Her exclusive stories included an undercover sting on MEP Tom Wise which led to a jail sentence for fraudulent expenses and an exposé on Lib Dem Chief Executive Chris Rennard’s second-home claims, which forced him to quit.

Sophy graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and enjoys reading in her spare time.

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Articles by Sophy Ridge

  1. Back In Conflict, But This Time It's Different

    Posted by - Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent. The Government is (rightly) quick to point out why this time, it is different. The Iraqi government has made a formal request for British help in defending itself against IS and the US-led coalition ...

  2. 10 Things UKIP Must Do To Boost Credibility

    Posted by - Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent. Thanks to a parliamentary vote on air strikes in Iraq, international events threaten to overshadow their conference. Nevertheless, it's a big opportunity for Nigel Farage's party to reach out to voters and ...

  3. Minimum Wage: Politicians Must Strike Balance

    Posted by - Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent. Labour leader Ed Miliband has opened his party conference with a promise that a Labour government would increase the minimum wage to £8 by 2020. When I spoke to minimum wage workers in Manchester ...

  4. Yes Wins Referendum's Social Media Battle

    Posted by - Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent. Voter turnout was a record-breaking 84.5%, with 16 and 17-year-olds able to take part for the first time. Minus some inevitable negativity and aggression, the level of debate has been incredibly high. When ...

  5. Scotland's Gender Divide Over Independence

    Posted by - Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent. The polls may have fluctuated (throwing Westminster into an unseemly panic) but one thing has remained consistent: female voters are far more likely to be in the No camp. Women are also about four ...

  6. Young Are Turned Off From Voting - Not Politics

    Posted by - Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent. The "fact" young people are switched off from politics is one of them. On the surface, it seems difficult to argue against. Back in 1964 - just 50 years ago - 76.4% of 18 to ...

  7. Scotland Yes Vote Means Higher Roaming Charges

    Posted by - Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent. One source told Sky News: "Special deals could be struck but on the face of it, Scottish customers would incur roaming charges in England - and vice versa." The level of the charges strongly depends ...

  8. Britain Wins Key European Union Finance Job

    Posted by - Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent. In what will be seen as a victory for David Cameron, Lord Hill of Oareford was appointed Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union commissioner. The UK Government was keen to get the ...

  9. Scots Face Higher Mobile Charges In UK

    Posted by - Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent. One source told Sky News: "Special deals could be struck but on the face of it, Scottish customers would incur roaming charges in England – and vice versa." The level of the charges strongly depends ...

  10. If Gordon Is The Answer Things Must Be Bad

    Posted by - Sophy Ridge, Political Correspondent. Ed Miliband has been dispatched to raise the Saltire over Liverpool, in a bid to make Scottish voters feel warm and cuddly about the rest of the UK. It's the start of a ...

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