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Sorcha Bradley

Sorcha Bradley is a writer at TheWeek.co.uk and a regular guest on award-winning podcast The Week Unwrapped. She worked at The Week magazine for a year and a half after joining in 2019 and then took up her current role with the digital team, where she mostly covers UK current affairs and politics. Before joining The Week, Sorcha worked at slow-news start-up Tortoise Media, where she covered topics ranging from artificial intelligence to the inner workings of tech giants such as Amazon. She has also written for Sky News, The Sunday Times, the London Evening Standard and Grazia magazine, among other publications. 

She has a master’s in newspaper journalism from City, University of London, where she specialised in political journalism. For her undergraduate degree, she read English literature and classical studies at the University of Bristol. She caught the journalism bug while studying at Bristol, where she was news editor for the university paper, Epigram.

Quiz of The Week: 11 - 17 December
New Liberal Democrat MP for North Shropshire Helen Morgan with leader Ed Davey
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 11 - 17 December

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
17 Dec 2021
The risk of being infected with Delta and Omicron at the same time
Lab technicians test live Covid 19 samples
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The risk of being infected with Delta and Omicron at the same time

Co-infection could result in more severe illness and trigger ‘recombination events’
17 Dec 2021
North Shropshire by-election: who could win Owen Paterson’s seat?
Former Conservative MP Owen Paterson
Fact file

North Shropshire by-election: who could win Owen Paterson’s seat?

Liberal Democrat polling shows party is ‘neck and neck’ with Conservatives
16 Dec 2021
Is BAME an ‘unhelpful’ term?
Black Lives Matter protesters in London
Today’s big question

Is BAME an ‘unhelpful’ term?

BBC abandons acronym in newsrooms and corporate communications
9 Dec 2021
Why has the booster roll-out taken so long?
A Covid-19 vaccinator
Today’s big question

Why has the booster roll-out taken so long?

Under-40s still waiting to book booster vaccination jabs on the NHS website
8 Dec 2021
What has the UK learned about Omicron from South Africa?
Possible Covid-19 patient at Steve Biko Academic Hospital
Today’s big question

What has the UK learned about Omicron from South Africa?

Early data suggests the new Covid-19 variant may be milder with fewer hospitalised patients requiring oxygen
7 Dec 2021
Will Europe’s fourth wave of Covid hit the UK?
Covid testing centre, Berlin
Today’s big question

Will Europe’s fourth wave of Covid hit the UK?

Restrictions have returned in several European countries as high infection rate sweeps the continent
22 Nov 2021
Is Boris Johnson’s authority ‘evaporating’?
Boris Johnson
Behind the scenes

Is Boris Johnson’s authority ‘evaporating’?

Tory MPs concerned PM ‘lacks strategy’ and presides over a cabinet of ‘nodding dogs’
19 Nov 2021
What the HS2 U-turn means for the levelling-up agenda
Boris Johnson visits a Network Rail hub
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What the HS2 U-turn means for the levelling-up agenda

Cuts to high-speed rail links ‘undermine’ government’s key policy, say northern leaders
18 Nov 2021
The rival plans on sleaze from Labour and the Conservatives
Boris Johnson
Between the lines

The rival plans on sleaze from Labour and the Conservatives

Labour say Johnson’s new proposals are ‘not specific’ and ‘watered down’
17 Nov 2021
What is Article 16?
Arrival of goods, Northern Ireland
Today’s big question

What is Article 16?

Boris Johnson says triggering the clause is ‘perfectly legitimate’ as Northern Ireland Protocol talks remain deadlocked
16 Nov 2021
When will Covid self-isolation rules end?
Covid testing site
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When will Covid self-isolation rules end?

‘Operation Rampdown’ could close key parts of the government’s Covid response by April
15 Nov 2021
Will Cop26 negotiators get a last-minute deal over the line?
Greenhouse emissions, UK
Between the lines

Will Cop26 negotiators get a last-minute deal over the line?

Glasgow climate summit could be extended to find agreement as fraught talks continue
12 Nov 2021
Is the ‘sleaze crisis’ a turning point for Boris Johnson?
Boris Johnson
Today’s big question

Is the ‘sleaze crisis’ a turning point for Boris Johnson?

Conservative lead over Labour falls following dramatic U-turn over MPs standards watchdog
5 Nov 2021
Will younger children receive a Covid vaccine?
Pupils wear masks in school
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Will younger children receive a Covid vaccine?

US regulators have advised Pfizer jab rollout for five to 11-year-olds
28 Oct 2021
Can Keir Starmer reunite the Labour Party?
Keir Starmer
Today’s big question

Can Keir Starmer reunite the Labour Party?

Embattled leader hit by infighting and resignation of shadow cabinet member
29 Sep 2021
‘Let the poker game begin’: who will lead Germany?
Olaf Scholz
Today’s big question

‘Let the poker game begin’: who will lead Germany?

Social Democrats claim narrow election victory over Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union
27 Sep 2021
Gove’s task to put ‘meat on the bones’ of ‘levelling-up’ agenda
Michael Gove
Behind the scenes

Gove’s task to put ‘meat on the bones’ of ‘levelling-up’ agenda

Former rival of Boris Johnson will oversee one of PM’s key government pledges
17 Sep 2021
What does ethical travel look like now?
A beach in Greece
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What does ethical travel look like now?

Travel for the double-jabbed may become easier - but is it possible to travel ethically during a pandemic?
14 Sep 2021
Will the Afghanistan withdrawal hurt Biden in the midterms?
Joe Biden
In Depth

Will the Afghanistan withdrawal hurt Biden in the midterms?

President’s approval ratings have plummeted since the deadly evacuation
1 Sep 2021
Will Covid disrupt schools this year?
School pupils in Scotland
In Depth

Will Covid disrupt schools this year?

Lessons could be delayed by at least a week to allow all pupils to be fully tested
26 Aug 2021
‘Not Greggs too’: can the government fix food shortages before Christmas?
Greggs bakery
Today’s big question

‘Not Greggs too’: can the government fix food shortages before Christmas?

Supply-chain issues leave supermarkets and restaurants unable to serve up favourite goods
26 Aug 2021
Charlie Watts: the five best anecdotes
Charlie Watts
Profile

Charlie Watts: the five best anecdotes

The famously mild-mannered rock star has died aged 80
25 Aug 2021
Why Russia’s Covid death toll is spiking a year after vaccine approval
A nurse inoculates volunteer Ilya Dubrovin, 36, with Russia's new coronavirus vaccine in a post-registration trials at a clinic in Moscow on September 10, 2020.
In Depth

Why Russia’s Covid death toll is spiking a year after vaccine approval

Russians shunning jabs despite rapid spread of Delta variant
12 Aug 2021
The rise and fall of New York governor Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo during one of his daily Covid press briefings
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The rise and fall of New York governor Andrew Cuomo

Democrat resigns after inquiry finds political heavyweight harassed 11 women
11 Aug 2021
Holidays saved – but do Covid rules price out all but the richest travellers?
Heathrow Terminal 5 passenger
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Holidays saved – but do Covid rules price out all but the richest travellers?

Price of quarantine hotels rising from £1,750 to £2,285 for solo travellers
5 Aug 2021
Green-list countries: which destinations will be added next?
The Algarve, Portugal
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Green-list countries: which destinations will be added next?

Government ditches controversial plan for ‘amber travel watch-list’
3 Aug 2021
Government accused of ‘flawed decisions’ based on ‘misleading’ Covid data
NHS staff wearing PPE treat patients suffering from Covid-19
Behind the scenes

Government accused of ‘flawed decisions’ based on ‘misleading’ Covid data

Ministers could have made ‘very different decisions’ with accurate figures, says scientist
30 Jul 2021
Quiz of The Week: 10 - 16 July
Marcus Rashford after missing penalty in the England v. Italy Euro 2020 final
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 10 - 16 July

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
16 Jul 2021
Johnson seeks to soothe the Tory shires
Boris Johnson
Between the lines

Johnson seeks to soothe the Tory shires

Levelling up won’t make rich areas poorer, says PM – but his Conservative critics are unconvinced
15 Jul 2021
Why is the vaccine rollout slowing down?
The queue for a Covid-19 vaccine
Today’s big question

Why is the vaccine rollout slowing down?

Younger people are proving more reluctant to receive the jab after initial surge in demand
15 Jul 2021
What will change on 19 July - and what won’t
Boris Johnson
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What will change on 19 July - and what won’t

Almost all social distancing rules are being scrapped but self-isolations stay
14 Jul 2021
‘Bandwagon’ Boris and Priti Patel in showdown with footballers over racist abuse
Gareth Southgate and England players in Euro 2020
Why we’re talking about . . .

‘Bandwagon’ Boris and Priti Patel in showdown with footballers over racist abuse

Ministers face football racism row after failing to back England players taking the knee
13 Jul 2021
Will the Universal Credit uplift be made permanent?
Iain Duncan Smith
Today’s big question

Will the Universal Credit uplift be made permanent?

Chancellor under growing pressure to continue £20-a-week hike beyond scheduled October cut-off
6 Jul 2021
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