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Biography: Matthew D'Ancona

Matthew d’Ancona is a political columnist and author and was Editor of the Spectator from 2006-2009. He is an engaging and interesting conference and after dinner speaker on politics and current affairs.

Editor of the Spectator from 2006 to 2009, Matthew had previously been political columnist and Deputy Editor at The Sunday Telegraph.

Matthew D'Ancona was named Current Affairs Magazine Editor of the Year in the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards in 2007. Under his editorship the Spectator achieved record circulation and transformed its online presence: its Coffee House blog is now a must-read in Westminster.

He has written three acclaimed novels:

and two books on early Christian theology:

Matthew is a contributing editor to GQ, for which he writes a weekly political column. He is also a regular presenter on Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

He was born in London in 1968. He joined The Times as a trainee in 1991, and was appointed Assistant Editor at the age of 26.

After joining The Sunday Telegraph in 1996 as deputy comment editor and columnist, he became Deputy Editor, and wrote a weekly political column in The Sunday Telegraph for a decade. Matthew took over editorship of The Spectator from Boris Johnson.

Shortly after he was replaced by Fraser Nelson, he was snapped up by the Evening Standard as a weekly columnist, and has taken on Hollwood duties, as scriptwriter for a film about the art historian Bernard Berenson. He also wrote a History of England with John Cleese.

Matthew is an engaging and passionate speaker on politics and current affairs.  His more tailored speaking topics include, Britishness, the subject of the book Being British: The Search for Values that Bind the Future which he produced in collaboration with Gordon Brown.  Having presided over what was widely recognised as a triumphant digital revolution at The Spectator he brings a wealth of knowledge to the table in his speech entitled The Digital Age. He can talk about his time at The Spectator and connected to this, how to modernise traditional brands without vandalising their core values.

For further information or to book Matthew D'Ancona, call us at Speakers Corner on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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