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 the summers of 2019 and 2022, Iain brought his incisive take on current affairs to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his show Iain Dale: All Talk. The star-studded line-ups included Sir Keir Starmer, Nadine Dorries, Angela Rayner, David Starkey, Jeremy Corbyn, Dame Mary Beard, Nicola Sturgeon and 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, published in August 2020 by HarperCollins, 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 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton and was a Parliamentary Book Awards winner. The Presidents was published in 2021, followed by Kings & Queens and The Dictators. Meanwhile, On This Day in Politics: Britain’s Political History in 365 Days was published in 2022.
Kings and Queens is an anthology of essays from historians, politicians, academics and journalists on every monarch, from Alred the Great to King Charles III, edited by Iain Dale.
The book follows the model of Dale’s The Prime Ministers, which won the 2020 Parliamentary Book Award, and The Presidents.
Contributors to Kings and Queens include Michael Wood, Annie Whitehead, Hugo Gye, Tom Holland, Dominic Selwood, Dan Jones, Nicola Tallis, Alastair Bruce, Leanda de Lisle, Bim Afolami, Robert Buckland, Andrew Adonis, Alexandra Churchill, Simon Heffer, Damian Collins, Jane Ridley and Julia Langdon.
An informative, accessible and opinionated book on key moments in British political history on every day from 1 January to 31 December
From the first meeting of an elected English parliament on 20 January 1275 to the abolition of the Slave Trade on 25 March 1807; from the Peterloo massacre of 16 August 1819 to Britain voting to leave the EU on 23 June 2016, On This Day in Politics charts the main events of the last few hundred years, with one event per page, per day.
“The indefatigable Iain Dale always cuts to the nub of politics.” – Adam Boulton
There was a huge upsurge of global interest in US politics during the Trump presidency, culminating in the November 2020 election, the victory of the Democrat candidate Joe Biden and the subsequent, horrifying response in the storming of the US capitol. American politics is likely to remain deeply divided during the coming years, and also the focus of global attention – with Trump mobilising his base for 2024. But the transatlantic fascination with the role and office of the US President isn’t new at all, and in fact reaches all the way back to the birth of the United States itself.
The Presidents features essays, written by a range of academics, historians, political journalists and serving politicians, on all 46 American Presidents who have held the office over the last 230 years – from George Washington to Joe Biden. Each contributor has been carefully chosen based on expert knowledge of their subjects and personal connections, providing analysis of their subject’s successes, failures and influence. Any hagiographical writing is shunned in favour of a ‘warts and all’ perspective on each President and the impact they’ve had on US politics – past, present and future.
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along is part-memoir, part-polemic about the state of public discourse in Britain and the world today.
In an increasingly divided society, Iain examines why we’ve all become so disrespectful and intolerant. Using experiences from his career in politics and the media, he says it doesn’t have to be this way, and suggests how we can all emerge from tribalism and division and become more respectful to each other and those who govern us. It is a book that is optimistic about the fundamental decencies embedded in human nature and uses deeply personal anecdotes to explain why we can look forward in a positive way to a better life both in personal and material terms.
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, BBC Political Correspondent
I read this cracking book in one sitting. Pacey, well-informed and timely.
— Liam Halligan, the Telegraph
‘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
‘Mature and sober reflections on the need for respectful political debate and thought-provoking takes on a number of contemporary issues.’
— Jonathan Isaby, political commentator
Winner of the Parliamentary Book Award for Best Political Book by a Non-Parliamentarian in 2020
Coinciding with the 300th anniversary of the first Prime Minister, The Prime Ministers is a compendium of profiles of all 55 British prime ministers, with contributions from writers such as Sir Anthony Seldon, Jesse Norman MP, Damian Collins MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Rachel Reeves MP, political journalists Simon Heffer, Julia Langdon and Peter Riddell, and Lords Adonis, Wood and Norton.