About Isabel

Award-winning journalist, author and commentator

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I am a political journalist and broadcaster and often appear on Sky News, Good Morning Britain and other TV shows talking about the big stories of the day.

 

I was Political Editor of the Sunday Times for many years - but these days I spend most of my time writing high profile books for successful people with something important to say.

I am best known as a right-of-centre commentator, but I’m not a member of any political party.  I am particularly interested in defence and foreign policy and in the environment, especially in relation to farm animal welfare and the true cost of cheap meat.  I have studied and written books on all these subjects.

 

NEWSPAPERS

My background is in print journalism. Until February 2016, I was Political-Editor-at-Large on the Daily Mail. Before that, I was Political Editor of the Sunday Times (the first woman to have held that post.)

I have had staff jobs on many other newspapers, including the London Evening Standard (as a health correspondent and then political reporter); the Scottish Daily Mail (as Scottish Political Reporter); the Sunday Mirror; the Daily Record, and the Edinburgh Evening News.

I left newspapers to write books but I have never stopped breaking big stories. My 2019 expose of top secret diplomatic telegrams about Donald Trump, a scoop which attracted global publicity and led to the resignation of the UK’s ambassador to Washington Sir Kim Darroch, is a recent example. That year, I also exposed HRH Prince Andrew’s murky business dealings after being passed a cache of his emails.

Over the years, I’ve been short-listed for - and won - many journalism awards. My 2010 story about cabinet minister Chris Huhne passing penalty points for speeding on to his wife led to a sensational criminal trial and his imprisonment and was awarded Scoop of the Year.

Top Scoops

THE WASHINGTON FILES

THE WASHINGTON FILES,

The Daily Mail, 2019

BROADCASTING

I have been a political commentator since 2012, when I joined Andrew Neil’s Sunday Politics Show on BBC1 as a weekly panellist. Since then, I have appeared on all the big political shows, including BBC 1’s Question Time (twelve times!);  BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show; Radio 4’s Today programme and Radio 4’s Any Questions; BBC2 Newsnight; Radio 4 Women’s Hour; Radio 5 Live and many foreign TV stations. I regularly pop up on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Sky News, where I contribute to the Press Preview. 

I particularly enjoyed taking part in this programme, on the value of referendums, with the journalist Matthew Parris.

 
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BOOKS

My day job is writing books for successful people with something important to say.

I am not a standard ghost writer: I combine my journalistic skills with unrivalled knowledge of how the media works and contacts in the industry to produce works that make a real impact. I aim for maximum publicity for clients and causes. 

To date, I have co-authored seven books, all of which have been serialised in national newspapers. Farmageddon, on the true cost of cheap meat, has been translated into six languages. I particularly enjoyed writing White Flag? on the state of the UK Armed Forces, with Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC.

I am most interested in UK politics; defence and foreign policy, and in the environment and animal welfare, but I can write on any subject. 

Farmageddon

White Flag?

Call Me Dave

Bad Boys of Brexit

Inside Out

 

Available to order here

Interviewing Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson at the launch of White Flag?

An absolutely gripping,

sit-up-and-listen,

no-holds-barred investigation

of British military clout.

 

- The Sunday Times

White Flag Isabel Oakeshott
Public speaking
I have given many talks on political issues and events to a wide range of companies and trade groups from KPMG to the National Housing Federation and UBS Investment Bank to St George's Ascot.
I try to make my speeches entertaining as well as informative: people have often sat through enough Power Point presentations by the time I get to the microphone.
For inquiries about public speaking, please contact JLA Speaker Bureau.

REVIEWS

"What an inspiring speaker and role model."

"I found the presentation extremely interesting and felt she fielded questions expertly. Superb!"


"Great presentation - personal opinion to get everyone thinking. One of the very best, on every level."

"Good to have a speaker who was straight talking and offered challenge to the sector!"


"She was an absolute star. She knew her audience."


"I thought her straight forward approach and honest answers were great."

 
 

Contact Isabel Oakeshott

Message me with book proposals or story tip offs