‘A weapons-grade interviewer!’ Andrew Neil crowned top Brexit commentator in poll

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As Brexit approaches the final 40-day mark, Express.co.uk asked readers whose political commentary they enjoyed the most amid the chaos of Parliament, the jibes from the EU and those passionate speeches from prime ministers past and present. Voters were asked: “Who is your favourite political commentator?” Options were Robert Peston, Laura Kuenssberg, Andrew Marr and Beth Rigby to name a few.

But it was Andrew Neil, 70, who came out triumphant with a massive 5,609 of the vote.

Next was Laura Kuenssberg with eight percent of the vote, amounting to 610 people.

ITV’s Robert Peston got six percent of the vote from 525 participants while Beth Rigby from Sky News, the BBC’s Andrew Marr and Katya Adler for BBC Europe all got an embarrassing three percent.

Up to six percent of participants clicked the ‘don’t know’ option, amounting to 497 votes.

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Express.co.uk asked readers whose political commentary they enjoyed the most (Image: GETTY)

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It was Andrew Neil, 70, who came out triumphant with a massive 5,609 of the vote (Image: GETTY)

Norman Smith, also of the BBC, got the leat number of votes at 170, amounting to just two percent of the ballot.

The poll was conducted between 11.24am on September 19 until 8.45pm and saw 8,204 people take part.

Comments reflected the result of the poll.

One participant said: “Andrew Neil doesn’t care how direct his questions are and he hold all politicians to account, both Labour and Tory.

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ITV’s Robert Peston got six percent of the vote (Image: GETTY)

“He is the only completely unbiased presenter on BBC and the only wonder is why they have kept him!

“He is worth his weight in gold and would soon get a job on ANY channel if he ever left the BBC which he is too good for!”

Another said: “Andrew Neil is better than the rest all added up together. He doesn’t care who you are, he will smack you with the reality of the situation.

“The most balanced presenter we have. And what is worrying is there is no one near his class young or old.

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Next was Laura Kuenssberg with eight percent of the vote, amounting to 610 people (Image: GETTY)

“Who will replace him?”

A third added: “Neil, the master at playing the Devil’s Advocate. To be honest he is wasted doing that job.”

A fourth said: “Andrew Neil is a weapons grade interviewer. He takes no prisoners!”

A fifth said: “Andrew Neil is in a class of his own. The others are either biased or read straight off a press release.

“Generally speaking BBC news can’t be trusted to be impartial any longer. Andrew Neil is the exception to the rule.”

The poll comes as Laura Kuenssberg faced a barrage of criticism on Twitter after she reported a man who challenged Boris Johnson over NHS funding was a Labour activist.

Omar Salem approached the Prime Minister during his visit to Whipps Cross University Hospital in north-east London yesterday, where he confronted him over his ill daughter had to wait two hours for treatment.

Ms Kuennsberg reported on the encounter while tweeting that Mr Salem is a Labour activist.

Twitter users condemned her actions, with some demanding she be sacked from the BBC.

One said: “Laura Kuenssberg should be sacked.”

Another person said: “You’ve gone too far this time Laura Kuenssberg.

“A complaint has been made to the BBC.”

Julia Hartley-Brewer said the journalist was merely doing her job.

Ms Hartley-Brewer said: “People are using this pathetic hashtag to call for the BBC to sack Laura Kuenssberg because she tweeted an accurate fact about a man who spoke to the PM.

“Laura was – and I know this is going to be too complicated for some people to grasp – simply DOING HER JOB.”

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