Anoosh Chakelian
Deputy Editor

Anoosh Chakelian
Deputy Editor

Anoosh became Deputy Editor Total Politics in June 2013, having joined as Special Sections Editor in June 2012. Previously, she worked at TIME magazine, and has been attempting to purge her writing of American spellings ever since leaving the organization organisation. Prior to that, she wrote features for the Telegraph and its magazine, ranging from interviews with millionaire entrepreneurs to psychoanalysing Kermit the Frog. Since graduating in 2011, the news appears to have been chasing her, with the News of the World folding days after she began interning at News International, and, when reporting for her local, the Ealing Gazette, she walked slap-bang into the Ealing riots. She has yet to decide whether this pattern is a curse or a blessing.

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Meet the parent: Edward Timpson interview

Meet the parent: Edward Timpson interview

by Anoosh Chakelian / 09 Apr 2014

Edward Timpson tells Anoosh Chakelian how his extraordinary upbringing helped make him the minister he is today – and why previous attacks on his background are a load of cobblers

Ten minutes with... Jim Naughtie

Ten minutes with... Jim Naughtie

by Anoosh Chakelian / 01 Apr 2014

Anoosh Chakelian asks the Today programme presenter about how politicians have changed, life behind the scenes of Radio 4's flagship news show, and his new spy novel. Photo by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Review: Bailey's Stardust

Review: Bailey's Stardust

by Anoosh Chakelian / 31 Mar 2014

Anoosh Chakelian is slightly star-struck at the National Portrait Gallery’s David Bailey retrospective

Review: The Weir

Review: The Weir

by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Mar 2014

Anoosh Chakelian reviews chilling cocktail of story-telling The Weir during the play's strictly limited season at Wyndham's Theatre

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10 things to learn from the Budget 2014

10 things to learn from the Budget 2014

by Anoosh Chakelian / 19 Mar 2014

From blue rinses to ordinary cider, Anoosh Chakelian looks at the lessons of today's budget statement

Review: 1984

Review: 1984

by Anoosh Chakelian / 05 Mar 2014

Big Brother is worth watching: Anoosh Chakelian is impressed with the faithful, thorough and petrifying production of 1984 at the Almeida Theatre

Review: King Lear

Review: King Lear

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Mar 2014

Taken by storm: Anoosh Chakelian reviews King Lear, the National’s set-piece Shakespeare production of 2014

On the road with... Rob Wilson

On the road with... Rob Wilson

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Mar 2014

The MP for Reading East faces a tough crowd of school children from both state and private schools, heads to a greasy spoon, checks out some astroturf, and discusses the BBC, bad teeth and reality TV. It’s just a day in the constituency life of an urban MP. Photos by Paul Heartfield

Prepare for government!

Prepare for government!

by Anoosh Chakelian / 25 Feb 2014

Anoosh Chakelian investigates the mysterious limbo when opposition politicians and civil service officials begin to make secret contact before the next election, discovering a tangle of convention and improvisation that blurs the lines of democracy. Illustrations by Miles Cole

Interview: Jacqui Smith

Interview: Jacqui Smith

by Anoosh Chakelian / 04 Feb 2014

She suffered humiliation and lost public trust during the expenses scandal, but, today, the former home secretary and the first woman ever to serve in that office tells Anoosh Chakelian how she has recovered and speaks out about her own future, and what the Labour Party should do next. Photos by Josh Kearns 

On the road with... Don Foster

On the road with... Don Foster

by Anoosh Chakelian / 04 Apr 2014

Anoosh Chakelian visits the Lib Dem chief whip in his constituency, Bath, and discovers his party’s popularity in the city famous for its Roman baths wasn’t built in a day. Will the Liberal Democrats keep this seat come 2015, when a new candidate will run after its current MP stands down? Photos by Paul Heartfield

Wouldn't You Like To Know: Michael Rosen interview

Wouldn't You Like To Know: Michael Rosen interview

by Anoosh Chakelian / 31 Mar 2014

Children of all generations love the prose and poetry of Michael Rosen, but politicians – especially those in charge of education – aren’t so amused, as Anoosh Chakelian discovers

Moving through the gears: Mary Creagh interview

Moving through the gears: Mary Creagh interview

by Anoosh Chakelian / 27 Mar 2014

She made her name as an all-action shadow environment secretary, but as Labour hedges its bets on high speed rail and aviation, can shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh do the same with the transport brief? And are her plans for rail fares and cycle safety enough? Anoosh Chakelian meets her to find out

Lunch with... Rob Flello

Lunch with... Rob Flello

by Anoosh Chakelian / 24 Mar 2014

Anoosh Chakelian and Rob Flello go back to uni for a surprisingly sophisticated fine dining experience – not a Pot Noodle in sight. Photo by Josh Kearns

Interview: Robin Ince

Interview: Robin Ince

by Anoosh Chakelian / 10 Mar 2014

Cult stand-up comedian, writer and general motormouth Robin Ince stuns Anoosh Chakelian with his trademark rapid-fire wit, wisdom and political observations

House music: Which MPs are rock 'n' roll?

House music: Which MPs are rock 'n' roll?

by Anoosh Chakelian / 05 Mar 2014

Middle-aged men in suits may not seem like the most obvious rock gods, but there are more musical members of parliament than you might think, as Anoosh Chakelian discovers

Lunch with... Rushanara Ali

Lunch with... Rushanara Ali

by Anoosh Chakelian / 03 Mar 2014

Over an old-school lunch in Bermondsey, Anoosh Chakelian asks shadow education minister Rushanara Ali about schooling, London’s East End, and life as the first Bangladeshi MP. Photo by Louise Haywood-Schiefer

Accent on success: Andy Burnham interview

Accent on success: Andy Burnham interview

by Anoosh Chakelian / 27 Feb 2014

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has grand plans for the future of the NHS and, as he tells Anoosh Chakelian, they will work best if Labour rediscovers its identity – and a willingness to listen to some Northern voices

On the road with... Simon Danczuk

On the road with... Simon Danczuk

by Anoosh Chakelian / 21 Feb 2014

Anoosh Chakelian heads up north to spend the day with Simon Danczuk, Rochdale’s straight-talking MP and latest sandwich shop owner. Photos by Paul Heartfield

Review: Fortune's Fool

Review: Fortune's Fool

by Anoosh Chakelian / 31 Jan 2014

Anoosh Chakelian is a fool for Turgenev’s satire Fortune’s Fool at the Old Vic