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Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris

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Matthew Parris, political journalist & former Tory MP.

Born 7th August 1949 in Johannesburg, Matthew was educated in Britain & Africa, graduating from Clare College, Cambridge and going on to study International Relations at Yale.

Two years at the Foreign Office were followed by a spell at the Conservative Research Department. From 1977 until the 1979 General Election, he was on the staff of Mrs.Thatcher’s office.

Elected Member of Parliament for West Derbyshire in 1979, he gave up his seat in 1986 to become the presenter of LWT’s Weekend World, a political interview programme.

He was the Parliamentary Sketchwriter for The Times for nearly fourteen years but gave it up at the beginning of 2002 though he remains a columnist for the paper.

He also writes for The Spectator on a regular basis and for other magazines occasionally.  He is a frequent television and radio broadcaster.

His first book, Inca-Kola in 1990 was about his travels in Peru.  Among the many books he has written since then is Great Parliamentary Scandals & Scorn, a book he has edited of curses, jibes & general invective.  His autobiography Chance Witness was published in 2002 & won the Politico’s Book of the Year Award.

In 2004, Matthew became Writer of the Year in Granada Television’s What the Papers Say Awards.  In part, the reward was for reporting on elections in Iraq & Afghanistan.  His previous accolades include Columnist of the Year in the 1991 & 1993 British Press Awards, & in the What the Papers Say Awards 1992.  In 1990 he received the London Press Club’s Edgar Wallace Outstanding Reporter of the Year Award.

He led expeditions to Mount Kilimanjaro in 1967, 1989 & 1996; to Zaire in 1973, the Sahara in 1979 & to Peru & Bolivia on several occasions.  In 2000 he spent four months on the remote sub-Antarctic island of Kerguelen.

A keen runner, he has competed several times in the London Marathon, achieving two hours thirty-two minutes.

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