Guardian columnist and broadcaster Polly Toynbee has been an integral presence in the British political landscape for over 40 years.
After leaving university, Polly quickly started her journalistic career - writing first for the Observer, then the Guardian, before joining the BBC as Social Affairs editor between 1988 and 1995. Polly is currently the vice-president of Humanists UK, having served as their president between 2007 and 2012. Her career has been a glittering path of awards and accolades; in 1998, Polly won the prestigious Orwell Prize for journalism, and in 2007 she was presented with the UK’s highest journalistic honour - ‘Columnist of the Year’ - at the British Press Awards.
Polly has authored several books, including Hard Work, Dismembered and her most recent The Lost Decade: 2010-2020, and What Lies Ahead for Britain which she co-authored with the Guardian’s David Walker. Alongside her writing, Polly is also an outspoken social democrat, and was a candidate for the Social Democratic Party in the 1983 general election.
“Polly Toynbee is the queen bee of centre-left intellectual hive” The Telegraph