Iain Dale

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Iain Dale is best known for his award winning LBC Drivetime show, his political blog Iain Dale’s Diary (founded in 2002) and for his frequent appearances on UK news channels as a political commentator. Since September 2010, he has hosted a regular show on LBC, firstly in the evening slot and since March 2013 he has presented the LBC Drivetime show each weekday between 4 and 8pm.In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Radio Presenter of the Year award in the Arquivas and in May 2014 won a Silver Sony Award for Interview of the Year.

He is also a publisher, broadcaster and former Conservative Party politician. He is Managing Director of Biteback Publishing and was the founder of Total Politics Magazine, which he sold to Dodd’s in December 2012.

He appears on Sky News previewing the next day’s papers. He is also a regular presenter of Radio 4’s What the Papers Say and a panellist on the BBC2 show the Daily Politics and Radio 4’s Any Questions.


Ian had a fortnightly comment column for The Daily Telegraph and has also written for The Guardian, The Independent, GQ Magazine, The Spectator and the New Statesman. He writes a fortnightly column for the Eastern Daily Press, and is a regular presenter of Radio 4’s What the Papers Say.

Dale’s blog, entitled Iain Dale’s Diary, has been one of the most widely-read political blogs in the UK – Iain Dale’s Diary. It was nominated by The Guardian for the Political Blog of the Year Award in 2005. On December 14, 2010. He continues to author a blog entitled West Ham Till I Die where he writes on West Ham United.

In May 2005, Dale stood in the general election as Conservative candidate for Norfolk North, losing to the Liberal Democrat incumbent, Norman Lamb. In October 2009 he ran for selection for the Conservative safe seat of Bracknell in order to succeed Andrew MacKay, who stepped down at the 2010 general election. Dale came third in the run off ballot behind Rory Stewart and the eventual winner Dr Philip Lee.

On 17 June 2010 Dale announced on his blog that he was resigning from the Conservative Party candidates list and would not be standing at any forthcoming parliamentary election.

In May 2005, Dale stood in the general election as Conservative candidate for Norfolk North, losing to the Liberal Democrat incumbent, Norman Lamb. In October 2009 he ran for selection for the Conservative safe seat of Bracknell in order to succeed Andrew MacKay, who stepped down at the 2010 general election. Dale came third in the run off ballot behind Rory Stewart and the eventual winner Dr Philip Lee.

On 17 June 2010 Dale announced on his blog that he was resigning from the Conservative Party candidates list and would not be standing at any forthcoming parliamentary election.

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