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Toby Young is one of Britain’s most controversial broadcasters and journalists. He is an associate editor of the Spectator, where he has written a weekly column since 1998, and editor of Spectator LIFE and the Daily Sceptic. He founded the West London Free School and the Free Speech Union, an organisation which, as the name suggests, champions the lawful right to free speech. He is the joint host, with James Delingpole of the popular weekly podcast London Calling.
Toby’s career has included co-founding and editing the Modern Review with Julie Burchill, writing for Vanity Fair and working as a regular judge on Top Chef, an Emmy Award-winning food reality show in New York and Las Vegas. He claims that his greatest claim to fame is writing How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, a memoir about his failure to take Manhattan which was turned into a film starring Simon Pegg. He is also the author of How to Set Up A Free School and What Every Parent Needs to Know: How to Help Your Child Get the Most Out of Primary School.
Toby is a regular guest on TV and radio programmes including Question Time, the Today programme, Any Questions and the Daily Politics where his areas of expertise include education, the media and contemporary politics. He is a Fulbright Commissioner, a Visiting Fellow of Buckingham University and a versatile, informed and erudite speaker.
In January 2018, Toby Young was appointed by Government to sit on the board of the Office for Students (OfS), a new oversight body for universities and higher education. On January 9th he resigned from the organisation following online harrasment saying that controversy over his past statements and tweets had ‘become a distraction from the vital work of the organisation’.
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