Matthew D’Ancona

Matthew D’Ancona

Former Editor, The Spectator & Political Columnist

Synopsis

Matthew took over from Boris Johnson as Editor of The Spectator before moving to the Guardian and writing Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back. With over 20 years experience of covering all sides of British politics he offers an insight into the key personalities and ideas influencing Westminster and beyond. A confidant of both sides of the House, he’s the author of In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government as well has having edited Gordon Brown’s book Being British: the search for values that bind the nation.

Biography

Writer and broadcaster Matthew d’Ancona is one of the country’s leading political journalists. He became Assistant Editor of The Times at the age of just 26. He also served as Deputy Editor on the Sunday Telegraph, before succeeding Boris Johnson at the helm of The Spectator.

Matthew was the Sunday Telegraph’s political columnist for 19 years, and has written for the Evening Standard and the International New York Times. Whilst editor of the influential Spectator magazine he was named Editor of the Year (Current Affairs). A visiting research fellow at Queen Mary University he now covers politics and society for the Guardian.

Noted for his insight into the ideas and personalities in the Conservative Party in particular, Matthew is chairman of the liberal think tank, Bright Blue. His position in the centre ground of British politics has given him access to both of the main parties, especially when one is seeking to understand the other. However he is critical of all sides for their mistakes, excesses, and their use (and abuse) of language and the media.

Matthew is the author of Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back, an examination in to the world of fake news and the political use of language to manipulate and confuse. He also wrote In It Together: The Inside Story of the Coalition Government and edited Gordon Brown’s book Being British: The search for values that bind the nation. Away from politics he is also a bestselling novelist and a trustee of the Science Museum.

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