Craig Oliver

Carrie Johnson and the problem with anonymous sources

Carrie Johnson listens to her husband deliver his Tory conference speech (Getty images)

The publication of extracts from a biography of Carrie Johnson this weekend is another stark reminder that we need a serious look at the over-use of anonymous sources in journalism. I first began to worry about the problem when extracts from another Lord Ashcroft biography – this time of David Cameron – were published.

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Craig Oliver
Craig Oliver is former director of communications at No. 10. Craig also recently interviewed The Spectator’s Isabel Hardman for the latest edition of the Desperately Seeking Wisdom podcast.

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