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Iain Dale is one of Britain’s leading political publishers, commentators and radio presenters. He is best known for his conservative-minded political blogging. He is also a broadcaster and former Conservative Party politician.
In 2003 he became the first openly gay Conservative candidate to contest a Parliamentary election. He is the publisher of Total Politics magazine and managing director of Biteback Publishing. Iain hosts the regular afternoon show on London LBC 97.3, winning Radio Presenter of the Year at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards in July 2013.
GQ readers voted Iain Dale as the 66th Most Influential Man in Britain for 2009 – one place above Ian Hislop and two places above David Miliband!
Ian 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 BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sunday Service programme from 2000 to 2004. Until its demise in 2009, Iain hosted a weekly political Talk Radio show on PlayRadioUK.com.
Iain is a prolific writer making regular contributions to the Daily Telegraph, the Eastern Daily Press, GQ magazine, The Guardian, The Spectator, the New Statesman, the House Magazine and Parliamentary Monitor.
His political style and sheer scale of ‘scoops’ attracted over 130,000 followers to his monthly blog Iain Dale’s Diary which he started in 2002. The updated award winning mega-blog Dale & Co is essential daily reading for political journalists, politicians and informed professionals.
Iain was the chief anchor of Britain’s first political internet TV channel, 18 Doughty Street.com. He is a newspaper reviewer for both Sky News and the BBC News Channel and appears regularly on Today and Newsnight. His many programme credits include Any Questions, Andrew Marr Show, Newsnight, Breakfast with Frost and News at Ten.
Iain stood as a Conservative candidate at the 2003 election and was chief of staff to the Rt Hon David Davis MP in the 2005 Conservative Party leadership election. He is director of the Conservative History Group and co-director of the Campaign for Fixed Term Parliaments.
In 2009 he launched Biteback Publishing as a political and current affairs publisher which has since become one of the premier political publishers in Britain, according to The Daily Telegraph. Three new imprints were launched – Total Politics, Dialogue and Biteback. Biteback is publisher of Isabel Oakeshott and Lord Ashcroft’s unauthorised and somewhat controversial biography of David Cameron Call Me Dave.
Iain Dale is an accomplished public speaker on political and current affairs topics, incorporating a humorous style in his after dinner talks. Little goes on in politics that Iain isn’t aware of – he’s been referred to as, “a more effective information gathering device in Westminster than MI5″.
In the afternoon in London, and now across the UK and online, Iain can heard hosting the topical affairs LBC Drivetime show from 4pm until 7.
“Very few indeed are better informed than Iain Dale – his style may be easygoing and humorous but he has a mind like a meat-cleaver,” Andrew Marr.
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