Isabel Oakeshott

Political Editor of The Sunday Times; Political Journalist of the Year 2012


Isabel Oakeshott is Political Editor at the Sunday Times and a political commentator for BBC television and radio as well as Sky News.

Based in the Houses of Parliament, where she is a member of the parliamentary lobby, she is at the heart of the Westminster village.

In 2012, Isabel won Political Journalist of the Year at the UK Press Awards, the industry's flagship awards. It followed her exclusive story about the former energy secretary Chris Huhne and penalty points for speeding, which eventually led to his resignation from cabinet and a sensational criminal trial.

Over the years, she has interviewed most of the cabinet, including the prime minister, as well as Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband, and most of the shadow cabinet.

From 2012 to summer 2013, Isabel was one of three regular panellists on the BBC1 Sunday Politics show. She now provides occasional political commentary for BBC Radio 4's flagship Today programme; Women's Hour; the Media Show; as well as BBC radio 5 Live, LBC radio and Channel 5 television.

In 2010, Isabel ghost wrote Inside Out, an explosive insider account of Gordon Brown's regime based on the experiences of Peter Watt, former General Secretary of the Labour Party. The book was the subject of a fierce bidding war for newspaper serialisation rights. Her next book, an expose of the grim realities of industrial food production, is another collaboration and will be published by Bloomsbury in January 2014. She is also working on a biography of prime minister David Cameron, a collaboration with the Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft, to be published in 2015.

Isabel began her career on a local newspaper in Scotland and has had staff jobs on the Daily Mail, the London Evening Standard, the Sunday Mirror and the Daily Record.

She was educated at Gordonstoun, where she was on a scholarship, and read History at Bristol University.

She lives in London and the Cotswolds with her husband and three young children.

Inside Out
Inside Out

"A proper old fashioned spilling of the beans. A fantastic example of the genre. Great stuff..hugely entertaining and illuminating."
Iain Martin, Wall St Journal

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