Roy Sydney George Hattersley, Baron Hattersley (born 28 December 1932) is a British Labour politician, author and journalist from Sheffield. He served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1983 to 1992.
Arthur Mitchell Ransome (18 January 1884 – 3 June 1967) was an English author and journalist, best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books. These tell of school-holiday adventures of children, mostly in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads. Many of the books involve sailing; other common subjects include fishing and camping.
John Edward Taylor (11 September 1791 – 6 January 1844) was the founder of the Manchester Guardian newspaper, later to become The Guardian. He was born at Ilminster, Somerset, England, to Mary Scott, the poet, and John Taylor, a Unitarian minister. He was apprenticed to a cotton manufacturer in Manchester, and later became a successful merchant.
Julie Burchill is an English writer and columnist known as a "firebrand journalist specialising in OTT polemics" for a number of publications over the last thirty years. Beginning as a writer for the New Musical Express at the age of 17, she has written for newspapers such as The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She is a self-declared "militant feminist". She has several times been involved in legal action resulting from her work.
Simon David Hoggart (born 26 May 1946) is an English journalist and broadcaster. He writes on politics for The Guardian, and on wine for The Spectator. Until 2006 he presented The News Quiz on Radio 4. His journalist sketches have been published in a series of books.
Rebecca Front (born 28 June 1965) is an English comedienne and actress, perhaps best known for her performances in a series of critically-acclaimed satirical comedies in the early 1990s: On The Hour, The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge. Her career has continued across a range of comedy genres into the 2000s with prominent roles in animation Monkey Dust, sitcoms The Thick of It, Time Gentlemen Please and Nighty Night, and sketch show Big Train.
Charles Prestwich Scott (26 October 1846 – 1 January 1932) was a British journalist, publisher and politician. Born in Bath, Somerset, he was the editor of the Manchester Guardian from 1872 until 1929 and its owner from 1907 until his death. He was also a Liberal Member of Parliament and pursued a progressive liberal agenda in the pages of the newspaper.
George Joshua Richard Monbiot (born 27 January 1963) is an English writer, known for his environmental and political activism. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, and is the author of a number of books, including ' (2000) and ' (2008). He is the founder of The Land is Ours campaign, which campaigns peacefully for the right of access to the countryside and its resources in the UK. Monbiot recently founded the arrestblair.
Cyril Lionel Robert James (4 January 1901 – 19 May 1989) was an Afro-Trinidadian historian, journalist, socialist theorist and essayist. He was influential in the United Kingdom and the United States in socialist parties and Marxist thought, as well as leading ideas about the end of colonialism. He is also famed as a writer on cricket.
Gavyn Davies, OBE (born 27 November 1950) was the chairman of the BBC from 2001 until 2004, a former Goldman Sachs banker and a former economic advisor to the British Government. On 28 January 2004 he announced that he was resigning his BBC post following the publication of the Hutton Inquiry report which heavily criticised the organisation. Davies was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge and Balliol College, Oxford.
John Andrew Sutherland (born 9 October 1938) is an English academic, emeritus professor, newspaper columnist and author. Now Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London, John Sutherland began his academic career after graduating from the University of Leicester as an assistant lecturer in Edinburgh in 1964. He specialises in Victorian fiction, 20th century literature, and the history of publishing.
Terry Major-Ball (2 July 1932 – 13 March 2007) was the elder brother of the former British Prime Minister Sir John Major, who during his brother's seven-year premiership had a brief career as a television and radio personality and newspaper columnist. Despite the media attention, he always remained loyal and discreet.
Ronald Franklin "Ron" Atkinson, (born 18 March 1939) commonly known as "Big Ron" and (earlier in his managerial career) "Bojangles" is an English former football player and manager. In recent years he has become one of Britain's best-known football pundits.
Polly Toynbee (born Mary Louisa Toynbee, 27 December 1946) is a British journalist and writer, and has been a columnist for The Guardian newspaper since 1998. She is a social democrat and broadly supports the Labour Party, while urging it in many areas to be more left-wing. She was appointed President of the British Humanist Association in July 2007. In 2007 she was named 'Columnist of the Year' at the British Press Awards.
Leslie Thomas John Arlott OBE (25 February 1914 – 14 December 1991) was an English journalist, author and cricket commentator for the BBC's Test Match Special. He was also a poet, wine connoisseur and former police officer in Hampshire. Known for his poetic phraseology, Arlott was a popular figure in the world of cricket commentary, he was noted for his "wonderful gift for evoking cricketing moments" by the BBC.
Melanie Phillips (born 4 June 1951) is a British conservative columnist and author. Her articles appear mainly in the Daily Mail newspaper and cover political and social issues; she has also written for The Guardian, and is a regular panelist on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Moral Maze and BBC One's Question Time. She has authored four major books, including most recently World Turned Upside Down in 2010.
Jon Ronson (born 10 May 1967) is a Cardiff-born journalist, documentary filmmaker, radio presenter and the author of four nonfiction books, including The Men Who Stare At Goats. His journalism and columns have appeared in British publications including The Guardian newspaper, City Life and Time Out magazine. He has made several documentary films for television and two documentary series for Channel 4.
Sir Harold Matthew Evans (born 28 June 1928) is a British-born journalist and writer who was editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981. He has written various books on history and journalism. Since 2001, Evans has served as editor-at-large of The Week Magazine and since 2005, he has been a contributor to The Guardian and BBC Radio 4.