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Iain Dale is one of Britain's leading political commentators and bloggers and a presenter on LBC Radio. He is contributing editor for GQ Magazine, writes for the Daily Telegraph, and pens a fortnightly diary for the Eastern Daily Press. He was the chief anchor of Britain's first political internet TV channel, 18 Doughty Street.com and is now the publisher of the monthly magazine, TOTAL POLITICS. He is also managing director of Biteback Publishing.
Iain also writes for The Spectator, the New Statesman, the House Magazine and Parliamentary Monitor, as well as contributing weekly to The Guardian's CommentIsFree. He is a newspaper reviewer for both Sky News and the BBC News Channel and appears on regularly on Today and Newsnight.
'Very few indeed are better informed than Iain Dale - his style may be easygoing and humorous but his mind is like a meat-cleaver' - Andrew Marr
Iain is Britain's leading political blogger with more than 130,000 individual readers each month. Iain is a widely respected and accomplished broadcaster, political commentator and raconteur.
Iain stood as a Conservative candidate at the last election and was Chief of Staff to the Rt Hon David Davis MP in the 2005 Conservative Party leadership election. He is a former political lobbyist, financial journalist and publisher and was the founder of Politico's Bookstore. He is the creator and host of the theatre production A Night With Ann Widdecombe, which tours provincial theatres all round the country. He is Director of the Conservative History Group and co-director of the Campaign for Fixed Term Parliaments. Iain is also a vocal proponent of an English Parliament.
Iain is an accomplished public speaker, and has just been signed up by the Specialist Speakers
speakers agency. He is much in demand for both set-piece speeches on current affairs, as well as humorous after dinner speeches.
He is a former financial journalist with Lloyds List, and was a political lobbyist before setting up his own political bookselling and publishing company, Politico's, in the late 1990s. He was a presenter of Radio 5 Live's Sunday Service programme alongside Fi Glover and Charlie Whelan from 2000 to 2004, and presented 5 Live's 2001 election night documentary Counting Chickens. He has also appeared on Radio 4's Any Questions.
The following are among his programme credits: Any Questions,Andrew Marr Show, Newsnight, Breakfast with Frost, Today Programme, Simon Mayo Show, Question Time Extra, 5 Live Breakfast, 5 Live Drive, Victoria Derbyshire, the Jon Gaunt Show, The Panel (Irish equivalent of Have I Got News for You), Steve Wright Show, The Sandy Toksvig LBC Show, Between the Lines (Press TV), News at Ten and the Iain Dale Show on PlayRadioUK. He presented 17 hours of radio coverage of the 2009 local and European elections.
Iain has written or edited more than twenty books including Margaret Thatcher: A Tribute in Words & Pictures, the Little Book of Boris, 500 of the Most Acerbic, Witty & Erudite Things Ever Said About Politics.