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David Aaronovitch Profile image

David Aaronovitch

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

 
Kate Adie Profile image

Kate Adie

Legendary Chief News Correspondent for BBC, Kate Adie is renowned for reporting major wars including the Gulf War, the Rwandan Genocide and the war in the former Yugoslavia....

 
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....

 
Danny Alexander Profile image

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....

 
Christiane Amanpour Profile image

Christiane Amanpour

CNN's chief correspondent and the host of the nightly global affairs interview program Amanpour. Has reported on hotspots across the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Israel and Bosnia. ...

 
Anita Anand Profile image

Anita Anand

Has worked extensively for BBC Radio, presenting BBC Radio 5 Live's Drive and Double Take, Radio 4's Mid-Week and Any Answers? and on television, the Daily Politics....

 
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Arni Pall Arnason

Minister of Economic Affairs 2010-2011, responsible for co-ordination of the IMF plan, starting a process of financial sector restructuring dealing successfully with unprecedented levels of corporate debt....

 
Imran Awan Profile image

Imran Awan

Author, academic, researcher, commentator and advisor to Government on hate crime, Islam, terrorism and cybercrime and its impact on society....

 
Ed Balls Profile image

Ed Balls

With 20 years’ experience of government and politics, from Treasury to celebrity dancer!...

 
Faye Barker Profile image

Faye Barker

Journalist and news presenter who has at times found herself working on Five News, Sky News and ITV News within a single week!...

 
Emma Barnett Profile image

Emma Barnett

Award-winning journalist, broadcaster, documentary maker, columnist for The Sunday Times and regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour...

 
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....

 
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....

 
Richard Coles Profile image

Reverend Richard Coles

Musician, journalist and Church of English priest. Richard is the presenter of Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 and presents BBC One’s Big Painting Challenge....

 
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 politics ...

 
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....

 
Huw Edwards Profile image

Huw Edwards

Presenter of BBC News at Ten, the most-viewed news programme on British television and the BBC's go-to man for important breaking news. ...

 
Gavin Esler Profile image

Gavin Esler

Award winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books....

 
Roger Evans Profile image

Roger Evans

Former Deputy Mayor of London with insights into the workings and politics of one of the world’s most sophisticated cities....

 
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....

 
Krishnan Guru-Murthy Profile image

Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Journalist, presenter and foreign affairs reporter for Channel 4 News. ...

 
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....

 
Tim Harford Profile image

Tim Harford

FT writer and BBC Radio 4's More or Lesspresenter. His expertise lies in taking complex ideas and communicating them in terms that all can comprehend. ...

 
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....

 
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....

 
Anthony Hilton Profile image

Anthony Hilton

Author, Broadcaster, Journalist and Lecturer, Anthony Hilton joined Fleet Street in 1968 as a Trainee on The Guardian. Anthony Hilton was City Editor of The Times, 1981 to 1983 and City Editor of The Evening Standard from 1984 to 1989 and in November...

 
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...

 
Jeremy Hunter Profile image

Jeremy Hunter

Photo-journalist, writer, broadcaster and lecturer, noted for his acclaimed illustrated First-Person-Reportage - North Korea Exposed....

 
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. ...

 
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. ...

 
John Lloyd Profile image

John Lloyd

John Lloyd is a Contributing Editor for the Financial Times; Director of Journalism at the Reuters Institute and a columnist for La Repubblica of Rome....

 
Liz MacKean Profile image

Liz MacKean

Liz Mackean was best known on Newsnight for her coverage of Northern Ireland issues. She also won the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigation for a series of exclusive reports on toxic dumping in Ivory Coast. Then the BBC decid...

 
Sally Magnusson Profile image

Sally Magnusson

Highly experienced, award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, skilled interviewer, conference facilitator and awards host...

 
Eliza Manningham-Buller Profile image

Eliza Manningham-Buller

Eliza Manningham-Buller headed MI5 from 2002 to 2007, leading the organisation though substantial change in the wake of 9/11 and the growing threat from Al-Qaeda. MI5 doubled in size, opened eight new offices and altered its approach to the professio...

 
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....

 
Esther McVey Profile image

Esther McVey

Esther McVey worked for 12 years as a broadcaster and producer and was the youngest female host of ITV’s breakfast news. In 2010 she was elected as the first Conservative MP on Merseyside since 1997. She was Minister of State for Employment from 20...

 
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...

 
Jane Merrick Profile image

Jane Merrick

Former political editor and is now a contributor for The Independent and co-editor of the online news and opinion platform @the spoon...

 
Eleanor Mills Profile image

Eleanor Mills

Editorial Director of The Sunday Times and one of Britain’s most high profile commentators....

 
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....

 
David Murrin Profile image

David Murrin

Author of Breaking the Code of History, talks about the great theme of our times – the shifting balance of power in favour of Asia and Africa....

 
Clive Myrie Profile image

Clive Myrie

BBC News presenter and correspondent with specialist interests include US politics. An accomplished conference chairperson and discussion panel host....

 
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...

 
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....

 
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...

 
Jeremy Paxman Profile image

Jeremy Paxman

Charismatic award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster....

 
Rita Payne Profile image

Rita Payne

Former BBC Asia Editor and news editor, producer and presenter at BBC World Service radio. Expert moderator and current affairs discussion leader....

 
Alice Perkins Profile image

Alice Perkins

Her career is seen by many as a brilliant example of how exemplary women attain powerful positions and influence through talent, integrity and virtue across both public and private sector....

 
John Pienaar Profile image

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...

 
Amanda Platell Profile image

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....

 
Robertson QC Profile image

Geoffrey Robertson QC

Human rights barrister, academic, broadcaster and author....

 
Alex Salmond Profile image

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. ...

 
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....

 
Jon Snow Profile image

Jon Snow

Jon Snow is one of the best known presenter and correspondents on UK television today...

 
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....

 
Kirsty Wark Profile image

Kirsty Wark

Superb moderator, well informed and highly skilled. Award-winning Journalist and favourite as an awards host....

 
Lord West Profile image

Admiral Lord West

Expert on 21st Century security issues including cyber-warfare, asymmetric conflict and drones, as well as national and commercial risk....

 
 
 
 
 
 
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