We are a hardworking and dedicated team keen to develop BRIT POLITICS into the best resource about British politics and history.
I oversee BRIT POLITICS and have over 15 years experience in the press and communications industry working for amongst others the Metropolitan Police Service and Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a member of the UK Civil Service.
I completed a BA in Politics and International Relations and a Masters degree in Diplomacy at Lancaster University. I developed a keen interest in politics and history when I was much younger over conversations with my Dad whilst doing the washing-up and first voted in 1997.
The areas I am particularly interested in are the Monarchy, especially the Tudors; British foreign policy and our place in the world; understanding the impact of huge political figures such as Margaret Thatcher; and the art of speeches and quotes from people such as Winston Churchill.
My other passion is writing and I'm currently working on a science fiction novel with themes from today's political events.
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I worked as a town planner and, after taking a masters at the London School of Economics, became a lecturer in the Politics Department at the University of Leeds. I taught British, Mediterranean and Parliamentary Politics and completed a Phd which applied a cultural explanation to the appeals that politicians made to voters in the early 20th century. I ran the Parliamentary Studies course at Leeds which allowed students to work in the US Congress, the Canadian Parliament and Westminster.
I have been involved with Labour Party politics since the age of 21. I was a Councillor in London and Kent and was Chair of the Greater London Planning Committee, responsible for major developments and for Covent Garden and the regeneration of the Kings Cross Area. I am currently Secretary of the Isle of Wight Labour Party and a Ventnor Town Councillor.
My main interests are electoral politics, Parliament and cultural interpretations of politics. My recent publications have been a survey of what happens to MPs when they retire, a study of Michael Foot as Labour Leader and a critique of the Lipset and Rokkan idea of political cleavages.
I first created the idea of housing all the information people needed about British politics and history in one place in 2001, but the site as you see it today only started in 2013; it is going from strength to strength with over 336,000 unique visitors in 2016.
I am passionate about politics and international affairs and also blog for the site under 'Scott's Blog.'
I hold a Masters degree in Politics from Leeds University and I've been involved in local government and national politics for over thirty years.
I've run many campaigns, most recently one for the referendum on membership of the European Union and in the past I've also served in local government as both an officer and a Councillor.
I am currently a teacher of history and politics at GCSE and A Level, and whilst I have always had a degree of political awareness thanks to the supportive and informed nature of my parents, I first became interested in politics during my undergraduate study at Bristol University where I studied institutions of international governance, as well as international political systems as part of my studies in African and South-East Asian history.
This sparked an interest in politics within my home nation of the UK and so I began reading up on British political history and contemporary events, as part of my training to be a history teacher I was also given the opportunity to learn how to teach politics and my passion for the subject has only deepened further since then!
My areas of speciality within British politics are: