Iain Dale is best known for his award-winning LBC Drivetime show, his political blog Iain Dale's Diary (founded in 2002) and for his frequent appearances on UK news channels as a political commentator. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Radio Presenter of the Year award in the Arquivas and in May 2014 won a Silver Sony Award for Interview of the Year.
Iain is an engaging speaker drawing together first-hand experience and hours of research with those closest to the powers that run Great Britain. He is also a publisher, broadcaster and former Conservative Party politician. He is Managing Director of Biteback Publishing and was the founder of Total Politics Magazine, which he sold to Dodd’s in December 2012. Memories of Maggie
Margaret Thatcher is one of the towering politicians of the twentieth century. In terms of influence and recognition, she ranks with Winston Churchill, and remains probably the most important British leader for fifty years.
Iain is the author of one of the most seminal biographies on the late Prime Minister, draws on his own personal anecdotes of meeting and recording her memorable life and those who experienced a close encounter with the Iron Lady, among them: -
• Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bob Hawke, Boris Johnson, Michael Howard, William Hague, Ann Widdecombe, Edwina Currie, Alan Clark, Norman Tebbit and Geoffrey Howe, whose resignation speech in Parliament can be said to have brought to a dramatic end the Thatcher Era.
Iain is a formidable speaker and amongst his many passions is the NHS:
50 things which could make the NHS better
The NHS is an institution close to the hearts of most Britons. People even profess to 'love it'. But it is now of pensionable age and, some would say, no longer fit for purpose.
It isn't possible to reform the NHS until we accept that it cannot meet every demand made of it. We need to embrace the private sector rather than belittle or restrict it.
This speech does not seek to denigrate or dismantle the NHS, but to identify the issues that need to be addressed head on, whichever party is in power. It will make uncomfortable reading for some.