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

She makes regular appearances on national television and radio, discussing contemporary politics on shows such as Sky’s All Out Politics, BBC 1’s Victoria Derbyshire Programme, ITV’s Good Morning Britain and 5 Live’s Adrian Chiles Show. She has guested on a wide variety of programmes including the BBC’s Question Time, Radio 4’s Start the Week and the Today Programme and debated in public forums from the Oxford Union to a live theatre show with satirist Rory Bremner.

Jo-Anne has observed the Conservative Party from all angles; first as a teenage party activist, then as a communications aide working alongside David Cameron in the party’s HQ during the Major Government, and later as an elected councillor in Wandsworth. Jo-Anne’s inside experience has informed her subsequent work - as a professional observer of all things Conservative - both as a political reporter with the BBC and later as freelance author.

Jo-Anne spent ten years with the BBC as a producer and reporter before publishing two commended books. The biography of William Hague was written when he led the party (Politicos 2000) and the memoir, Too Nice to be a Tory (Simon and Schuster 2005) combined personal insight with historic analysis to become a must-read for the last generation of Conservatives concerned to modernise the party and revive its fortunes. It was described by Boris Johnson MP as “A masterly survey of this epic period”. He has admitted to re-reading the book as recently as 2018.

Jo-Anne Nadler has contributed to several political compendiums and to national newspapers and magazines. As a result of her work analysing the results of the Eastleigh by-election (Feb 2013) she was offered an advisory role on the University of Southampton’s Public Policy board and, since 2017, has contributed to the Broadcast Journalism and Media Studies department at the University of Roehampton.

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