Lord (Daniel) Finkelstein Leo Wilkinson

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After chairing the Young Social Democrats, Daniel became an advisor to Hague and Major. He aligned himself with Cameron, Osborne and Gove in attempts to modernise the Conservative Party, and now sits as a working Peer with a particular emphasis on urban regeneration and infrastructure. Still writing on politics and society (and football) for The Times, Daniel takes an honest look at the current Government and the wider political scene.


Daniel Finkelstein is a columnist and broadcaster and former Executive Editor and Associate Editor of The Times. He is also a member of the Lords and has served as an advisor to the Conservative Party.

Daniel began his career as Chair of the Young Social Democrats, a group of whom went on to join the Conservatives. After serving as director of a Westminster think tank focusing on social policy, he became a political advisor to John Major and then William Hague and Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet. He played an early role in attempts to modernise the party alongside the likes of David Cameron and George Osborne.

Following a brief spell in data communications, Daniel joined The Times, started their blog, and worked his way up to the leader columns. He's also written a highly regarded and very distinctive statistics-based football review, and regular columns for The Jewish Chronicle.

Known for taking an objective, insider's view of Westminster, Daniel is a prominent commentator in the media, and a regular on Radio 4's satirical panel show The News Quiz. His talks provide a sharp and entertaining insight into the political scene examining the key policies and personalities with wry humour and genuine knowledge.

His book Hitler, Stalin, Mum and Dad is a moving, personal and at times horrifying memoir about Daniel’s parents’ experiences at the hands of the two genocidal dictators of the 20th century. Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box was shortlisted for the Practical Politics Book of the Year at The Paddy Power Political Book Awards.


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Danny has his audience in stitches with his collection of ‘Rules for Politics.’ I especially like the analogy with hotel towels – and what MPs can learn from footballers. As you’d expect, he also provides a great insight into who’s up to what (and why) in the Westminster village. As much of a joy to watch as he is to work with, Daniel has heads bobbing in agreement right from the off.

JLA Agent Christopher Morrell
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