Jo-Anne Nadler is a political writer and commentator with particular expertise in the Conservative Party.

She has seen it from all sides; first as a teenage party activist, later working alongside David Cameron as a spin doctor during the Major Government, and eventually as a professionally observer as a BBC political reporter and later freelance author.

She has published two commended books about the party. The biography of William Hague was written when he lead the party (Politicos 2000) and the memoir, Too Nice to be a Tory (Simon and Schuster 2005) became a must-read amongst a generation of Conservatives concerned to revive their party. She is currently working on a collaborative book project on Conservative Leaders with other prominent journalists and academics for publication in 2015 in conjunction with the Political Studies Association.

Jo-Anne Nadler twice worked on staff for the BBC, initially recruited straight from university as a producer at Radio 1 and then later in television as a producer and reporter on current affairs programmes including the flagship political magazine ‘On the Record’. Since going freelance she has written for many newspapers and magazines and is a regular commentator across the BBC and on Sky News. She has appeared on a huge variety of programmes including Question Time, Start the Week and the Today Programme and debated in a variety of forums from theatre shows with Rory Bremner to the Oxford Union.

She has unparalleled access to contacts throughout the Conservative Party amongst activists, officials and elected politicians and has been an elected councillor on the Conservative flagship council, Wandsworth. As a result of her work analysing the results of the Eastleigh by-election (Feb 2013) she has recently been appointed to the University of Southampton’s Public Policy board.

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