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Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris is one of the UK's most highly respected journalists. He became best known as the Parliamentary sketch writer for the Times. He has been named Columnist of the Year at the British Press Awards on more than one occasion. Matthew is an adept and charismatic after dinner speaker and keynote speaker covering topics such as politics, journalism, international affairs, Brexit and travel.


About Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris is a leading figure in UK journalism and a sought-after after-dinner speaker, known for his extensive experience across academia, politics, and media. His academic background includes a first-class Law degree from Clare College, Cambridge, and International Relations studies at Yale. Opting for a role in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office over MI6, Parris dedicated his early career to global advocacy before transitioning to politics and media.

As Margaret Thatcher’s Correspondence Secretary and a former MP for West Derbyshire, Parris shifted to media, making significant contributions as ITV’s ‘Weekend World’ presenter and The Times’ parliamentary sketch writer. His work earned him multiple ‘Columnist of the Year’ awards, highlighting his status as a trusted commentator.

Parris’s portfolio also features radio presenting on Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions’ and authoring acclaimed books on politics and travel. He excels in discussing politics, journalism, international affairs, Brexit, and travel, making him a perfect choice for corporate events seeking depth and engagement.

With his analytical skills, motivational approach, and educational insights, Matthew Parris guarantees an enriching and memorable speaking event, blending complex idea articulation with humour and charisma.

To book Matthew Parris, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email
Speech Topics
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • International affairs
  • Brexit
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