Matthew Parris

Journalist, broadcaster and former MP

Matthew Parris is one of the UK’s most highly respected journalists. 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, South Africa and the US, 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.