Iain Dale

One of Britain’s leading political commentators, presenters and bloggers

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LBC Evening Show Host
2x Radio Presenter of the Year
Chaired ten of the 2019 televised Tory leadership debates
In-demand facilitator and chair
Founder of Total Politics Magazine & Politco's Bookstore

Iain Dale is one of Britain’s leading political commentators and presenters. He presents the Evening Show on LBC Radio (Monday – Thursday, 7–10pm) and was named Radio Presenter of the Year for 2013 & 2016 at the Arqiva Awards. He co-presented LBC’s seven hour long general election night programme in 2010, 2015 and 2017 and was at the heart of the 2019 Tory leadership race, having chaired ten of the 16 leadership hustings with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.

He has been a contributing editor for GQ magazine and writes for various national newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, the Independent, the New Statesman, the Spectator and Attitude.

In summer of 2019, Iain brought his incisive take on current affairs to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his first show Iain Dale: All Talk. The star-studded line-up included Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Iain is the founder of Total Politics magazine and was the brains behind Politico’s Bookstore. In 2009, he founded Britain’s leading political publisher, Biteback Publishing and since then has published more than 600 books including Power Trip, Call me Dave: The Unauthorised Biography of David Cameron and The Alastair Campbell Diaries. He left the company in June 2018 to concentrate on his broadcasting career.

He is a panellist three days a week on CNN Talk on CNN International, with Max Foster, Liam Halligan and Ayesha Hazarika. He is a regular contributor to Newsnight, the Andrew Marr Show, the Daily/Sunday Politics and The Wright Stuff. In April 2018, he made a much acclaimed debut appearance on the BBC’s Question Time. He appears as a regular political pundit on various Sky and BBC news programmes.

Iain is also the creator and co-presenter of the For the Many podcast, which he records with former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. In 2018, he launched a new podcast, Iain Dale’s Book Club, with guests including Sebastian Faulks, Jeffrey Archer and James O’Brien.

His book Why Can’t We All Just Get Along: Shout Less, Listen More was published in August 2020 by HarperCollins. Why Can’t We All Just Get Along is part-memoir, part-polemic about the state of discourse in Britain and the world today. The Prime Ministers, a compendium of essays on all 55 British Prime Ministers, edited by Iain, was published in November 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton and was a Parliamentary Book Awards winner. The Presidents was published in 2021.

Praise for Why Can’t We All Just Get Along:

‘There are very few commentators and broadcasters with an instinctive feel for real politics – who feel the passions, and who understand the flaws and the strengths of the players from the inside, with proper empathy. Iain Dale does, which makes him endlessly listenable-to and peerless. For many political-addicts, he is their warm but watchful friend.’ Andrew Marr

‘Iain Dale is that rare beast – a forensic and mischievous interviewer with a deep sense of humanity and kindness beneath the brilliant probing. His interviews yield light as well as heat – and he has a genuine ability to step away from his own zone – to see things from a much needed, alternative perspective.’ Emily Maitlis

‘Smart, funny, and always on it, he makes me feel happier and cleverer every time I hear him speak. Watch Iain Dale open the kimono ― can I rephrase that?’ Jeremy Vine

‘The indefatigable Iain Dale always cuts to the nub of politics.’ Adam Boulton

‘If you’re interested in politics, news, broadcasting and debate, you will love Iain Dale’s new book. I love books, but I’m an incredibly slow reader and get very easily distracted by other stuff. I only got my copy about a week ago and I’ve finished it: that is the highest compliment.’ Chris Mason

‘Mature and sober reflections on the need for respectful political debate and thought-provoking takes on a number of contemporary issues.’ Jonathan Isaby

‘I read this cracking book in one sitting. Pacey, well-informed and timely’ Liam Halligan

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