Isabel Oakeshott

Isabel Oakeshott

Former Sunday Times Political Editor

Synopsis

The former Sunday Times Political Editor made headlines for breaking the speeding points story that spelled the end for Chris Huhne’s ministerial career. She then co-wrote (with Lord Ashcroft) a controversial unauthorised biography of David Cameron and (with Aaron Banks) and insider account of the Leave.EU campaign. She looks at the divisions, plots, personalities and policies that make up Westminster politics today.

Biography

Isabel Oakeshott was the Political Editor of the Sunday Times and is a regular contributor to political coverage in all media. She has won Political Journalist of the Year at the UK Press Awards and has frequently appeared on Sky News, Question Time, and Radio 4, including the flagship Today programme.

Like many journalists, Isabel’s career began in regional newspapers. Starting out in the less-than-illustrious newsroom of the East Lothian Courier, Isabel moved to the Edinburgh Evening News, then on to the Daily Record. At the Record and then at the Sunday Mirror, Isabel found herself dispatched to Glasgow’s toughest areas to seek out unsavoury characters and shocking stories. Good preparation for her assignment to cover Madonna's wedding at Skibo Castle where she found herself at Liam Gallagher’s private party.

In the early days of the Scottish Parliament, Isabel was sent by the Daily Mail to cover events at Holyrood. She then covered health for the Evening Standard in London before returning to politics as a lobby correspondent and then joining the Sunday Times, becoming the paper’s first ever female Political Editor. She also made headlines for breaking the Chris Huhne speeding points scandal.

Isabel ghost wrote the best-selling Inside Out, an explosive insider account of Gordon Brown’s period in office covering cash for honours, Brown’s failure to call an election, and the precarious state of the Labour party’s finances. She also wrote Farmageddon, an exposé of the practices and shortcomings of commercial, industrial farming. Isabel again made the news with Call Me Dave, a controversial unauthorised biography of David Cameron co-written with former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft. There followed White Flag, an examination of the British Armed Forces, and she ghost-wrote The Bad Boys of Brexit, and insider’s look at the Leave.EU campaign.

Isabel is a respected commentator on Westminster and UK politics with a unique insight into the workings of politics in all areas. In speeches she analyses the state of the parties, the futures of the leaders, the implications of policy decisions as well as the gossip and indiscretions of parliamentarians.

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As a former Times Political Editor, Isabel has a true insider's perspective on the policies and personalities that shape our politics. At the event I attended her candour really set her apart from other speakers, winning everyone over with nuanced and persuasive answers. She'd clearly worked out how to relate her expertise to the concerns of the audience. JLA Agent Suzy Houghton

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