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Matthew Parris

Former conservative MP and parliamentary sketchwriter for The Times, Matthew Parris writes a weekly columnist for the paper, is an author and TV personality. Charismatic and highly intelligent Matthew is well-placed to deliver both a compelling speech on current affairs concerning the country, or entertain an audience with an after-dinner talk. 

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Matthew Parris Biography

Matthew Parris is one of the UK’s most highly respected journalists and a charismatic and knowledgeable after dinner speaker and keynote speaker. From academia to politics, to print, TV and radio journalism, his interests are far-reaching and his analytical thinking is motivational, entertaining and educational.

Born in Johannesburg, Matthew Parris was educated in Britain and Africa, graduating from Clare College, Cambridge before going on to study International Relations at Yale.

Two years at the Foreign Office were followed by a spell at the Conservative Research Department. After a period in Margaret Thatcher’s office, Matthew was elected MP for West Derbyshire in the 1979 General Election. He gave up his seat in 1986 for a media career when he was offered the role of presenter of LWT’s political interview programme, ‘Weekend World’.  Following...

Matthew Parris is one of the UK’s most highly respected journalists and a charismatic and knowledgeable after dinner speaker and keynote speaker. From academia to politics, to print, TV and radio journalism, his interests are far-reaching and his analytical thinking is motivational, entertaining and educational.

Born in Johannesburg, Matthew Parris was educated in Britain and Africa, graduating from Clare College, Cambridge before going on to study International Relations at Yale.

Two years at the Foreign Office were followed by a spell at the Conservative Research Department. After a period in Margaret Thatcher’s office, Matthew was elected MP for West Derbyshire in the 1979 General Election. He gave up his seat in 1986 for a media career when he was offered the role of presenter of LWT’s political interview programme, ‘Weekend World’.  Following this, he was the parliamentary sketch writer for The Times from 1988 to 2001.  

Matthew is a frequent contributor to many other publications including The Spectator and has been named ‘Columnist of the Year’ at the British Press Awards on numerous occasions.  He is also a frequent television and radio broadcaster.

Aside from politics, Matthew’s other great love is travel.  He has led expeditions to Mount Kilimanjaro, Peru and Bolivia as well as to Zaire and the Sahara. A keen runner, he has also competed several times in the London Marathon, achieving a personal best of 2 hours 32 minutes.

His first book, Inca-Kola recounts his travels in Peru. He has published several compilations of his pieces in The Times and has also edited Scorn, a book of quotations about curses, jibes and general invective. Other literary credits include Great Parliamentary Scandals, Five Centuries of Calumny, Smear and Innuendo and Off Message: New Labour, New Sketches.

Speaking Topics

Matthew Parris is an adept and charismatic after dinner speaker and keynote speaker, and is in high demand on the corporate circuit.

  • TV/Radio presenter
  • Adventurer/travel
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • International Affairs
  • Brexit

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