She stepped into the big man’s shoes and has actually had a great week in charge.
I don’t mean Harriet (word of advice – when you’re in a hole, stop digging!)
Just like Harman, she occupied the boss’s office (on screen and on his blog) and has impressed many with her friendly charm, political nouse and nose for a story.
Italian-born Laura started the week with the fallout from Harriet’s Sunday Times interview and developed all week before finishing with the scoop on the Harman-Mandeslon handover ‘arrangement’ that seemed to catch out No 10, getting it out on Nick’s blog before the rest of the pack.
With Nick trying to do a ‘Marr’ and make the move from hack to presenter (and doing a pretty good job with his week hosting Newsnight) the smart money is on Laura becoming the BBC News’s first female Political Editor.
I predict Nick will do one last General Election and stand down for Laura.
No doubt a process a certain deputy leader would love to see repeated!