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John Pienaar

BBC Deputy Political Editor and Radio 5 live's Chief Political Correspondent John Pienaar simplifies complex issues on TV and radio, informing viewers on the latest political scoop. An excellent after dinner and conference speaker, John's vast knowledge of the political environment, combined with the fact he has interviewed many key Brexit players, means he is well-placed to discuss current affairs and what Brexit means for the UK.

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John Pienaar Biography

The BBC Deputy Political Editor, Radio 5 live's Chief Political Correspondent and the presenter of Pienaar's Politics, John Pienaar is a tour guide and translator of goings-on in the Westminster village.

A well-connected and respected figure, he combines explanation of the key themes of politics with the authority of a seasoned insider, who sees his job as beating a path through the forest of Government spin. 

He is ideally positioned to give the inside scoop on the political scene through his after dinner speaking and conference speaking. In his after dinner talk, he imagines what would happen if the public were to vote for MPs by means of a reality TV show.

When New Labour scored their second election victory, John described how the order went out to avoid embarrassing displays of triumphalism: "The Spin Doctors knew exactly what to do – they wasted no...

The BBC Deputy Political Editor, Radio 5 live's Chief Political Correspondent and the presenter of Pienaar's Politics, John Pienaar is a tour guide and translator of goings-on in the Westminster village.

A well-connected and respected figure, he combines explanation of the key themes of politics with the authority of a seasoned insider, who sees his job as beating a path through the forest of Government spin. 

He is ideally positioned to give the inside scoop on the political scene through his after dinner speaking and conference speaking. In his after dinner talk, he imagines what would happen if the public were to vote for MPs by means of a reality TV show.

When New Labour scored their second election victory, John described how the order went out to avoid embarrassing displays of triumphalism: "The Spin Doctors knew exactly what to do – they wasted no time at all papering over all the windows!"

A former Political Correspondent for The Independent, John Pienaar penned their cutting and often controversial parliamentary sketch, Westminster Diary.

John originally trained at the South London Press, where he wrote about whatever was happening on his doorstep: urban crime, domestic violence, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. He then became an Old Bailey Correspondent and even wrote an angling column (without ever having held a fishing rod in his life).

In a similar vein in 2003, John was all set to step into the celebrity boxing ring with Tony Hadley – until the British Boxing Board of Control put a stop to it.

Having interviewed several of the key players around the Brexit Debate, including Boris Johnson, John is well-suited to discuss what Brexit means for the future of the UK. 

For further information or to book John Pienaar, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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