Laura Kuenssberg has stepped down as political editor at BBC News.

After seven years, the journalist will leave the role next Easter and move over to a senior presenting and reporting role at the BBC.

In a Twitter post, she revealed: “After nearly 7 years, in April I’m moving on from best daily reporting job + the most wonderful team in the business.

“It’s been an honour and an amazing ride - more to come in 2022!

“With love + thanks to all at @BBCPolitics.”

Kuenssberg, who marked the first female political editor at BBC News after succeeding Nick Robinson in July 2015, has since been inundated with praise for her “incredible run” and “inspiration” for many.

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In an official statement, Kuenssberg said she has been “so lucky to do the best daily reporting job in the business with the best colleagues anyone could wish for.”

She added: “It’s been incredible to occupy the chair during a time of such huge change and to try to make sense of it for our viewers, listeners and readers online.

“I’ll miss the daily drama, and our wonderful team in Westminster, immensely. But after nearly seven years and what feels like decades’ worth of headlines, it’s time for the next move.”

BBC Director-General Tim Davie said of her decision to step down: “Laura has been an outstanding BBC political editor throughout the most turbulent political times in living memory. Her incisive commentary, tough questioning and astute insight have guided our audiences through the last seven years.

“She’s a superb interviewer and engaging presenter, and I’m thrilled that we are keeping her on our screens and airwaves. I’m looking forward to her next chapter.”

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