Hugo Rifkind Nick Ray

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Hugo writes Times editorials and columns for the likes of GQ and The Spectator. He presents a show on Times Radio, and is a regular guest on The News Quiz. After dinner he might explain why Miliband gives strange speeches, or why Boris thinks he’s paid someone to stalk him with a box of eggs.


Hugo Rifkind is a columnist and leader writer for The Times, he writes a weekly opinion column, and My Week, a diary parody. He also writes columns for The Spectator and GQ. He has written for The Herald (in his native Scotland), the Evening Standard, and the Daily Mail.

He hosts a weekly show on Times Radio, an entertaining talk show with guests on news and culture. He is also a regular panellist on Radio 4's satirical show, The News Quiz, and is an occasional speaker on TV shows such as Question Time.

Hugo started his journalistic career in celebrity gossip, and after a stint at a 'showbiz' website he first joined The Times on the paper's gossip diary. This informed his first novel, Overexposure, based around a showbiz reporter.

Hugo is an accomplished after dinner speaker and moderator, his specialisms include current affairs, foreign politics, culture, books and literary events, technology, and social media

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