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My Ten Christmas Book Recommendations

  • 16 Nov 2019

We all know how difficult it is to buy the right Christmas present for a family member or friend. You can't go wrong with a book. I spent twenty years in bookselling and publishing and although I am no longer involved, my love of books has not diminished. Nor, it seems, has an...

NEW ALL TALK TOUR DATE: Exeter with Jonathan Dimbleby

  • 13 Nov 2019

I'm delighted to announce a new IAIN DALE ALL TALK theatre booking. Jonathan Dimbleby will join me on stage at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter on the evening of January 31 2020 to talk about his career in broadcasting, hosting ANY QUESTIONS for 32 years, his various books a...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 68 - When a LibDem Hasn't Done Her Homework

  • 13 Nov 2019

Last night on LBC I interviewed LibDem environment spokeswoman Wera Hobhouse about the floods in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. She's been on my show several times before and always been rather impressive. This interview, however, turned into a bit of a car crash for her. She...

A Tribute to Brian Mawhinney 1940-2019

  • 12 Nov 2019

Brian Mawhinney, who died on Saturday, was a tough talking Ulsterman, who rose to the heights of political power in John Major's government. He became one of Major's main confidantes and was a highly effective and competent cabinet minister. He was a man of some contradictions...

The Week That Will Decide Nigel Farage's Place in History

  • 10 Nov 2019

Nigel Farage has a big decision to make this week. He will put up or shut up. He will either put up 600 candidates to fight seats all over Great Britain, or he will pull back from the brink. He made an offer of an electoral pact to Boris Johnson which he knew the Prime Mini...

If I Had to Vote (or Speak) For...

  • 9 Nov 2019

Politics has always been a tribal sport. Political allegiances are often handed down through the generations. Some people find it unthinkable that they would vote any way other than their parents and grandparents did. Other people change their votes as often as they change the...

Iain to Chair Orwell Prize Judging Panel on Exposing Britain's Social Evils

  • 6 Nov 2019

It's being announced this morning that I am to chair this year's Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils. The prize is worth £3,000 to the winner and is sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The prize is free to enter and independent of any editorial agenda. En...

My Interview with Sir Lindsay Hoyle

  • 6 Nov 2019

The Bercow era is over and the Hoyle era has begun. Not before time, many would say. I genuinely believe Sir Lindsay Hoyle has it in him to become one of the greatest Speakers we have ever had. His no nonsense style is just what is needed and his transparent love of the House ...

What Bush Fires Can Teach Us In the UK

  • 5 Nov 2019

This evening I received an email from Mark, a listener to my radio show. It was in response to the furore about Jacob Rees-Mogg's remarks on Grenfell, which have made headlines today. The LFB's 'stay put' advice has rightly come under scrutiny. There have been 5,000 fires in L...

Are We Destined to Have December Elections Forever?

  • 5 Nov 2019

Last week someone emailed a question to the For the Many podcast, which I record each week with Jacqui Smith about election dates. They asked if we would now have to go to the polls in December every five years, given the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. I confidently said, yes,...

Election Predictions, Debates, Shows and More...

  • 30 Oct 2019

Well, off we go for the first December election since 1923. A governing party has never won a winter election, so if Boris Johnson attains a majority he will have broken a political record. The last winter election was in February 1974 when Ted Heath went to the country asking...

LibDem MEP Questions Motives of Poppy Wearing Brexiteers

  • 29 Oct 2019

We wear red poppies for remembrance and hope for a peaceful future (Royal British Legion). But the EU provides more than hope, after centuries of conflict it was created to ensure that it must never happen again. Am I wrong to be cynical about Brexiteers wearing poppies? — ...

Podcast: Iain's Interview on the 'Delingpod'

  • 28 Oct 2019

  What is a true conservative? And note the small ‘c’. On this week’s Delingpod you’ll find a 75 minute chat between James Delingpole and myself in which he accuses me of not being a proper conservative and being a bit ‘squishy’. I am apparently not ‘sound’ enough...

Calm Down, Calm Down...

  • 27 Oct 2019

I really should know better. On Tuesday night, I was on a Newsnight panel which included the rather impressive Liam Thorp, political editor of the Liverpool Echo. Emily Maitlis threw him a question about Boris Johnson, and he immediately launched into a little spiel about how ...

Iain Dale All Talk - Tour Dates

  • 25 Oct 2019

Following the success of my 'Iain Dale All Talk' shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, we're taking it on the road in 2020. It will kick off with a four show run at the Lowry Theatre, Salford. We hope to do a lot more throughout the rest of the year. I'm also hosting some free luncht...

It Shouldn't Happen to a Radio Presenter 67: Corpsing

  • 4 Oct 2019

We all do it from time to time. Something happens and we just start to laugh uncontrollably. Sophie, my producer unearthed this clip from last year. The context is that around 6.30pm each day, she and I disappear into a recording booth to record a 10 second trail, which is the...

The 2019 Top 100 Conservative Influencers List

  • 30 Sep 2019

Each year for the last twelve years, in the runup to Conservative conferences I have convened panels to compile a list of the most influential Conservatives in the country. To be included you have to self identify as a Conservative. So anyone associated with UKIP, the Brexi...

Broad Church Political Parties Win Elections, Narrow Sects Do Not

  • 19 Sep 2019

A few of weeks ago I wrote in my EDP column about the retirement from the Commons of long-serving LibDem MP Norman Lamb. Retirement resignations are a bit like red buses. You write about one and inevitably another one is following on right behind. At the beginning of this m...

Telegraph Column: 'Question Time' Has Become a Bear Pit & Needs to Change

  • 11 Sep 2019

In 15 years of political TV punditry it had never occurred to me to walk out of a show, live on air. But it nearly happened on last Thursday’s Question Time. The thought flitted through my mind as, yet again, the other panellists talked over each other and I was barely ...