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Tim Montgomerie writes about UK politics, the USA, the implications of Brexit (of which he was a leading public proponent) and also his personal interest in religious affairs.
Before joining The Times as its Comment Editor he founded and edited the award-winning ConservativeHome website from 2005 to 2013. He launched ConservativeHome as a vehicle to give a voice to grassroots party members and to advocate a broader and more compassionate conservatism. Its success led The Observer to describe him as one of the most influential Conservatives outside of the Cabinet. His pedigree in the Conservative “family” includes writing speeches for William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith; co-founding the Centre for Social Justice think tank; and running the Tory Party’s outreach to faith communities and voluntary groups in the early Blair years.
Born into an army family in 1970, Tim spent his childhood in Devon, Hampshire, Northern Ireland and Germany. He studied Economics and Geography at Exeter University, where he became close friends with Sajid Javid, Robert Halfon and David Burrowes – all now Tory MPs.
He was at the Bank of England from 1992 until 1998 (where his responsibilities included the Russian economy and the study of systemic risk in financial systems) before becoming a full-time politico and eventually journalist. He lent on his City experience and economics degree to write his “Restoring Faith in Capitalism” report – published by the Legatum Institute and launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in November 2015.
Tim Montgomerie’s political hero is William Wilberforce. Tim writes: “This devout Christian stood for a great moral cause, the abolition of slavery, and brought the greatest of qualities – perseverance – to ensure he succeeded. He’s the perfect role model for anyone wanting to deliver change.”
Tim’s broadcast experience includes BBC Radio 4’s Today, Any Questions? and The Westminster Hour and BBCtv’s Newsnight, Sunday morning’s Andrew Marr Show and the Daily Politics. As well as his Times column Tim is also an occasional contributor to The Spectator, New Statesman, London Evening Standard, City AM and Wall Street Journal.
In 2017 Tim launched UnHerd, an online political platform with writers from right and left and described as ‘not a news site’ but one designed ‘to appeal to people who instinctively refuse to follow the herd’ and who ‘want to investigate ‘unheard’ ideas, individuals and communities’. He resigned from Unherd in September 2018.
In September 2019 Tim Montgomerie was appointed as Boris Johnson’s social justice adviser working out of the Cabinet Office. Following his departure from that post Tim now writes regularly for the New Statesman.
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