Jessica Elgot was most recently political correspondent, having joined the Guardian in 2015 as a national news reporter. Dan Sabbagh was most recently associate editor, based in Westminster, having previously been the Guardian's national news editor from 2013 to 2017. Dan joined the Guardian as head of media and technology in 2010.
Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media said: “Dan is a very talented journalist with a wealth of experience and - at a time of global and political instability - it is fantastic that he will be leading the Guardian's defence and security coverage.
"Jessica's excellent reporting has been key to our political coverage during a turbulent period in Westminster, and I’m delighted that she is now the Guardian's chief political correspondent, working closely with political editor Heather Stewart and our talented lobby team.”
Jessica Elgot said: “I’m so thrilled to have this new role in such a fantastic Guardian team in Westminster and feel extremely privileged to play a part of the Guardian’s political reporting during the most turbulent, exciting and unpredictable period of British politics in my lifetime.”
Dan Sabbagh said: "It's a fascinating time to take on such an important and complex role that has been deftly undertaken by several illustrious predecessors. I look forward to getting started."