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Politics and Political Speakers

The greatest speakers in history have so often come from the world of politics. Specialist Speakers is the leading UK agency for political speakers. We work with politician speakers who reveal precious insights into the workings of government and the civil service. We work with political journalists who have spent a lifetime understanding and writing on the workings of government and governance. And we work with think tanks, organisations aspiring to influence politics and to create the future of society.
And politics has now become a media-driven, even social-media driven enterprise full of the unexpected and black swan events: Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump, and whatever surprise comes next.
Specialist Speakers is the number one bureau for speakers on politics. Call us for any keynote speaker, panel participant, or expert, not just these:

 
 
 
 
David Aaronovitch Profile image

David Aaronovitch

Orwell Prize-winning journalist, author and long-running columnist for The Times. ...

 
Andrew Adonis Profile image

Andrew Adonis

Lord Andrew Adonis is a politician and former journalist who held several key roles in government during the Labour party's time in government....

 
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Bob Ainsworth

Bob is a former Defence & Armed Forces Minister. His experience within Whitehall is extensive, he speaks at both day conference and after dinner events with equal knowledge, enthusiasm and wit....

 
Lord McFall of Alcluith

Lord McFall of Alcluith

A distinguished and outspoken Parliamentary expert on the UK banking system. In

 
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Danny Alexander

Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Liberal Democrat politician, responsible for many of the fiscal changes implemented during the coalition government's tenure....

 
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Paddy Ashdown

After leaving British politics, former Commando Paddy Ashdown served as the High Representative and EU Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2002 until 2006. Lord Ashdown became a life peer in 2001, is a regular broadcaster, includin...

 
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Charlie Beckett

Charlie Beckett is the founding Director of Polis, a new forum for the debate, research and teaching of journalism and society at the LSE and London College of Communication. Charlie started his career on local papers in his native south London befor...

 
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Phillip Blond

Leads award-winning think-tank ResPublica. Internationally recognised thinker whose work has enormous policy & practical impact across European politics....

 
David Blunkett Profile image

David Blunkett

David Blunkett became one of very few blind MPs to reach the front bench and Cabinet, previously chairing the Labour Party nationally and managing education and employment in Tony Blair’s first government. ...

 
Adam Boulton Profile image

Adam Boulton

Influential British political broadcaster, worked at Sky News as Political Editor until stepping down in 2014, he now presents Sky News Tonight....

 
Rory Bremner Profile image

Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner is the safest pairs of hands on the after dinner circuit. He is the favourite of both corporate clients and the public alike. Britain’s sharpest impressionist – a one-man opposition party even....

 
Anthony Browne Profile image

Anthony Browne

Anthony Browne is Policy Director for the Mayor of London's office, former director of think tank Policy Exchange, Health Editor, Environment Editor, Deputy Business Editor of the Observer, and Economics Correspondent for BBC TV and radio. He has wri...

 
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Eamonn Butler

Director and founder of think tank, the Adam Smith Institute. Eamonn is a broadcaster and writer on issues of economy and social policy. ...

 
Alastair Campbell Profile image

Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell writer, communicator and media strategist is best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, press secretary and director of communications and strategy. Campbell now splits his time between writin...

 
Kenneth Clarke Profile image

Kenneth Clarke

Former Minister for Health, Trade & Industry, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Shadow Business Secretary. One of the most experienced figures in British politics. ...

 
Michael Cockerell Profile image

Michael Cockerell

Legendary award-winning BBC documentary maker who has interviewed 9 PM's, written about British political leaders and their image-makers....

 
Patrick Cormack Profile image

Patrick Cormack

Sir Patrick Cormack is one of our longest serving Parliamentarians. Before entering Parliament, Sir Patrick was a schoolmaster, he continues to educate as Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Hull. For 8 years he was a team captain in the BB...

 
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Edwina Currie

Edwina Currie has taught economics, served as MP for South Derbyshire and as a junior Health Minister, written several books and is a regular feature on both TV and radio. Time Out magazine said of her "Frank and funny, you can't put her down"....

 
Iain Dale Profile image

Iain Dale

Iain is one of Britain’s leading political and current affairs commentators, on Radio, online and through his regular columns in the press. ...

 
Chris Deerin Profile image

Chris Deerin

Scotsman, political columnist, award winning journalist, controversial critic of the SNP and communications expert. ...

 
John Denham Profile image

John Denham

In the United Kingdom ‘English identity’ is on the rise and is playing an increasingly significant role in British politics, especially since the EU Referendum of 2016 and Brexit. John Denham speaks with authority about the new identity politic...

 
Michael Dobbs Profile image

Michael Dobbs

Raconteur and storyteller whose life has orbited around so many great political events. Creator of House of Cards, now a massive Netflix series....

 
Gary Duncan Profile image

Gary Duncan

Gary Duncan is the former Times Economics Editor and one of the UK's leading financial commentators. During his career he has been Economics Editor for The Scotsman, covering UK and Scottish economic affairs and spent five years as a Westminster lobb...

 
Alan Fisher Profile image

Alan Fisher

Alan Fisher is a Scottish broadcast journalist, London correspondent for Al Jazeera International and a respected political speaker and presenter. He is a columnist with the current affairs magazine Scottish Review and a patron of the Young UK Progra...

 
Janan Ganesh Profile image

Janan Ganesh

FT principal political columnist and author of the biography 'George Osbourne: The Austerity Chancellor'. One of the most influential figures in British society....

 
Matthew Goodwin Profile image

Matthew Goodwin

Leading authority on extremism, the Eurozone and EU, Brexit and how it may succeed, how we might fight terrorism and what the electorate really think about these issues....

 
Shane Greer Profile image

Shane Greer

Shane Greer is a political writer, commentator, the editor of the political magazine Total Politics and an advocate of small state and low tax....

 
William Hague Profile image

William Hague

Former secretary of state, foreign secretary and leader of the Conservative party. A renowned and outstanding speaker and political insider....

 
Isabel Hardman Profile image

Isabel Hardman

Blogger and journalist, currently assistant editor of the Spectator where she writes and edits the popular Coffee House blog. Isabel is also a columnist for the Daily Telegraph....

 
Tom Harris Profile image

Tom Harris

Columnist for the Daily Telegraph, as an MP he became the Labour government’s longest serving railways Minister and is a pioneer of political social media....

 
Julia Hartley-Brewer Profile image

Julia Hartley-Brewer

Julia Hartley-Brewer is the new presenter of LBC 97.3FM radio’s afternoon show and former Assistant Editor and political columnist on The Sunday Express, a regular guest on programmes such as Have I Got News For You and Question Time and an enterta...

 
Mehdi Hasan Profile image

Mehdi Hasan

Political Editor for Huffington Post, contributor to The Guardian and The Times and author of Summer of Unrest: the Debt Delusion....

 
Gaby Hinsliff Profile image

Gaby Hinsliff

Gaby is a Guardian columnist, political columnist and interviewer for Grazia, a prolific writer and blogger with an inside track on the exercise of power and the development of policy....

 
Ian Hislop Profile image

Ian Hislop

Ian Hislop is a writer, humourist and popular broadcaster. He has been Editor of “Private Eye” since 1986 and has written extensively for television and radio comedy. His regular appearances on humorous current affairs quiz shows such as Have I G...

 
Peter Hobday Profile image

Peter Hobday

Peter Hobday has a lively sense of humour and in addition to his skills as a conference chair he has spoken at countless dinners providing a humorous take on journalism, the media and current affairs. Peter speaks in Europe and the UK in equal measur...

 
John Hutton Profile image

John Hutton

Leading European expert on public policy issues, demographic and economic trends, pension schemes and public health related to ageing population. ...

 
Will Hutton Profile image

Will Hutton

Will Hutton is executive vice chair of The Work Foundation, the most influential voice on work, employment and organisation issues in the UK. Regularly called on to advise senior political and business figures and comment in the national and internat...

 
Azeem Ibrahim Profile image

Azeem Ibrahim

Global entrepreneur, philanthropist, adviser to world leaders and youngest on the Sunday Times Rich List and Carter Anderson’s Power 100 list....

 
Bill Jamieson Profile image

Bill Jamieson

Bill Jamieson is the Executive Editor of the Scotsman Newspaper with specific responsibility for the paper's business and economics coverage. Bill was formerly the Economics Editor of the Sunday Telegraph for seven years. He is a regular commentator ...

 
Alan Johnson Profile image

Alan Johnson

The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP is the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and Member of Parliament. He rose to power in the Blair New Labour Government, eventually becoming Home Secretary, the office he held until Labour's defeat in the 2010 election. ...

 
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Quentin Letts

Quentin Letts is The Daily Mail’s star Parliamentary sketch writer, a prolific writer for the daily press and regular guest on progammes such as This Week, Newsnight, Have I Got News For You and Question Time. His bestselling book 50 People Who Bug...

 
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Robin Lustig

Robin's career began with Reuters in 1970 as Correspondent in Madrid, Paris and Rome. He has presented the BBC Radio 4's flagship current affairs programme, The World Tonight and BBC World Service Newshour since 1989. Robin is well known for his humo...

 
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Julie MacDonald

Reporter/presenter Julie MacDonald cast her talents across the outputs of GMTV, ITV’s London Tonight and BBC’s Breakfast News and for Al Jazeera between 2006/7. Julie’s lively Scottish brogue was heard weekly on Simon Mayo’s Five Live Panel c...

 
Ian MacFadyen Profile image

Ian MacFadyen

Ian MacFadyen is a respected consultant, coach and commentator. He has advised governments in the UK and overseas, coached senior public officials, and commented in print and television on public services, reform and the Budget....

 
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Dr Denis MacShane

Europe expert and political insider specialising in penetrating analysis. Offers frank insight into how ministers and politicians arrive at decisions....

 
Anne Mackenzie Profile image

Anne Mackenzie

Anne Mackenzie joined Grampian Television in 1981 as news reporter, she quickly began to present news, current affairs and political programmes, winning a BAFTA for her work on the North Tonight nightly news programme. She gained greater popularity p...

 
Andrew Marr Profile image

Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr presents BBC Radio Four's Start The Week each Monday. He joined the Monday morning programme in November 2002. He is also the host of the interview programme The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One. ...

 
Rachel Marsden Profile image

Rachel Marsden

Paris based Rachel Marsden is a political and international affairs commentator, analyst, journalist and broadcaster. She has presented for Fox News and as a weekly columnist with Sun Media, and the Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Washington ...

 
Iain Martin Profile image

Iain Martin

Political commentator, editor of Reaction, author and former editor at CapX, The Scotsman and former deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph....

 
Ali May Profile image

Ali May

Ali May is a broadcaster and an award-winning writer. He is a natural communicator and known for his dynamic, creative and interactive presenting style. He has worked as UK correspondent for Europe’s most watched news channel euronews, interviewing...

 
Daisy McAndrew Profile image

Daisy McAndrew

Journalist, news presenter and expert facilitator who specialises in politics, economics and social issues....

 
Hamish McRae Profile image

Hamish McRae

Hamish McRae is one of Europe's most respected financial journalists and commentators. He is the principal economic commentator and associate editor of The Independent and was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year 2006 at the British Pres...

 
David Mellor Profile image

David Mellor

David Mellor was born in Dorset and educated at Christ’s College Cambridge and the Inns of Court School of Law. David won the marginal seat of Putney from Labour in 1979. He joined Margaret Thatcher’s Government in 1981 serving in six Departments...

 
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Dr Alan Mendoza

Dr Alan Mendoza is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Henry Jackson Society which advocates the view that supporting and promoting liberal democracy should be an integral part of Western foreign policy. ...

 
Sarah Montague Profile image

Sarah Montague

Sarah Montague is one of BBC Radio 4's prestigious Today team members, also regularly appearing alongside Jeremy Paxman on BBC 2's Newsnight programme. She worked as a stockbroker until joining Channel Television in 1991. She joined the BBC in 1997 a...

 
Tim Montgomerie Profile image

Tim Montgomerie

Columnist for The Times, founder of ConservativeHome. Writes for The Spectator, New Statesman, London Evening Standard, City AM, Wall Street Journal & the FT. ...

 
Piers Morgan Profile image

Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan is the former Editor of News of The World and The Mirror newspapers. Since then, he has presented a number of TV shows and shot to fame as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent. He is an entertaining raconteur and ...

 
Jim Murphy Profile image

Jim Murphy

Former Cabinet Minister, leader of the Scottish Labour Party and voted the most effective Minister in government by politicians of all parties from the House of Commons and House of Lords....

 
Richard Needham Profile image

Richard Needham

Speaker Sir Richard Needham was Deputy Chairman of Dyson for four years, now senior independent Director. A former Minister of Trade and the visionary architect of Northern Ireland's reconstruction and redevelopment. Sir Richard Needham is both a str...

 
Andrew Neil Profile image

Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil is a publisher, editor, writer, broadcaster, public speaker and business consultant on media matters working out of London, New York, Edinburgh and France. His knowledge of global political and economic affairs is recognised as foremost i...

 
Richard Noble Profile image

Richard Noble

Richard Noble, entrepreneur and team leader specialises in developing high risk ventures. His Thrust 2 programme brought the World Land Speed Record back to Britain in 1983 and the Thrust SSC, the first ever supersonic land speed record. His team ach...

 
Isabel Oakeshott Profile image

Isabel Oakeshott

British political journalist and commentator, former Sunday Times Political Editor and Political Journalist of the Year 2013. Co-author of ‘Call Me Dave’, a controversial unauthorised biography of David Cameron....

 
Mark Oaten Profile image

Mark Oaten

Exclusive speaker Mark Oaten - former Liberal Democrat MP for Winchester, is a leading expert on coalition government. His book Coalitions is the priciple work on this subject. He speaks and consults widely to public affairs, public sector and corpor...

 
Christine Ockrent Profile image

Christine Ockrent

Christine Ockrent is an internationally respected and award winning journalist, broadcaster, businesswoman and author. She is producer and anchor of the weekly current affairs program France Europe Express....

 
Rageh Omaar Profile image

Rageh Omaar

Rageh Omaar rose to prominence as the BBC’s man in Baghdad during the Gulf War. His reports became a regular feature on news bulletins in the UK and around the world. Rageh has worked as a foreign correspondent across the Middle East and Africa, an...

 
Matthew Parris Profile image

Matthew Parris

Mathew Parris is a Times political columnist, political commentator and former Conservative MP. He is a regular presenter for BBC Radio 4, ITV and frequently appears on "Have I Got News For You". Parris is an accomplished and witty speaker, well inf...

 
Chris Patten Profile image

Chris Patten

As the last Governor of Hong Kong he oversaw the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997. In 1998, he wrote EAST AND WEST, a book on Asia and its relations with the rest of the world. His interest in both the former colony and China remains and he is wi...

 
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John Pienaar

John Pienaar is the BBC’s Senior Political Correspondent, both on television news and Radio 5 Live. He interprets Government spin, offering the inside scoop on the political scene. He is an accomplished after dinner speaker and a popular conference...

 
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Amanda Platell

Amanda Platell writes a weekly column for The Daily Mail and regularly writes for the Independent on Sunday and New Statesman; Amanda was recently seen on Sven: The Coach, The Cash & His Lovers for Channel 4. Find out more about Amanda as a speaker f...

 
Michael Portillo Profile image

Michael Portillo

Rt Hon Michael Portillo is a former Minister of State turned author, columnist, political commentator and broadcaster. He is a highly sought after conference, after dinner speaker and raconteur. ...

 
John Prescott Profile image

John Prescott

Former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, now serving as a life peer. A key figure within Tony Blair's New Labour government....

 
John Reid Profile image

John Reid

Rt Hon Dr John Reid's 10-year ministerial career saw him undertake nine different ministerial jobs. He has served at almost every level of the Labour Party and was tipped for success from his first election to the Commons in 1987. A robust speaker on...

 
Steve Richards Profile image

Steve Richards

Steve Richards is Chief Political Columnist for the Independent, Contributing Editor of the New Statesman and host of BBC R4’s Week in Westminster....

 
Joshua Rozenberg Profile image

Joshua Rozenberg

Joshua Rozenberg is Britain's best-known commentator on the law. He was the BBC's legal correspondent for 15 years before moving in 2000 to The Daily Telegraph, where he edited the paper's legal coverage until the end of 2008. He writes also for the ...

 
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Alex Salmond

Former First Minister of Scotland, now SNP spokesperson for International Affairs and Europe. Elected to Westminster in May 2015 as MP for Gordon. His referendum diary The Dream Shall Never Die became a Sunday Times Best Seller. ...

 
Juan Senor Profile image

Juan Senor

Popular speaker and presenter Juan Senor has produced business and factual programmes in 52 countries. He has skied to the North Pole and trekked across the Sahara for charity. Juan also received an EMMY nomination for his exclusive interviews with t...

 
John Sergeant Profile image

John Sergeant

John Sergeant is a freelance broadcaster, writer and sometime dancer. After his best selling memoirs, 'Give Me Ten Seconds' he has written another book - describing the final part of Margaret Thatcher's career....

 
Stephan Shakespeare Profile image

Stephan Shakespeare

Founder of YouGov, PoliticsHome & the first political internet TV station. Inspiring innovator & highly influential in modern political communication....

 
Roger Steare Profile image

Prof Roger Steare

Professor Roger Steare is a leading practitioner in the development and delivery of Leadership, Culture and Ethics programs globally. He helps people develop good thinking, positive dialogue and ethical behaviour and to do the right thing. ...

 
Nicholas Stern Profile image

Nicholas Stern

Lord Nicholas Stern is former chief economic advisor to the UK government he was also the chief economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 2000 to 2003. He is a respected speaker on issues of the economy, climate change and Europe....

 
Jack Straw Profile image

Jack Straw

Served in senior Cabinet positions from 1997 to 2010 and took a leading part in momentous political decisions in national and international politics....

 
Brian Taylor Profile image

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor is BBC Scotland's Political Editor, the author of two seminal works on the Scottish Parliament, and a respected speaker on Scottish politics and wider political matters....

 
Marco Vicenzino Profile image

Marco Vicenzino

Leading specialist and commentator on American politics and in particular, the possible shape of a Trump Presidency and its impact upon Europe and the UK....

 
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Dominique de Villepin

Dominique de Villepin is a senior French diplomat, politician, and writer who served as interior minister (2004–05) and prime minister (2005–07) in the neo-Gaullist administration of Pres. Jacques Chirac....

 
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Sayeeda Warsi

One of the strongest personalities in British and European politics. A lawyer with a powerful advocacy record and very significant foreign policy experience....

 
Nigel Waterson Profile image

Nigel Waterson

Nigel Waterson is a former lawyer, Member for Parliament and Shadow Pensions Minister. He is a recognised expert on pensions and issues relating to ageing; as well as financial services more generally....

 
Robert Winston Profile image

Robert Winston

Professor Lord Robert Winston of Hammersmith is well known to audiences throughout the world for his landmark BBC television series, The Human Body, Secret Life of Twins and Superhuman. He has shown a great capacity for communicating often complex sc...

 
Toby Young Profile image

Toby Young

One of Britain's most controversial broadcasters, author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, founder of the West London Free Schools group. ...

 
Poivre d’Arvor Profile image

Patrick Poivre d’Arvor

Patrick is one of the longest serving and most respected broadcasters in the world. A household name throughout France and Europe. ...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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