Polly Toynbee

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Full name: Polly Louisa Toynbee

Area of interest: Society and politics with particular regard to social issues

Journals/Organisation: The Guardian

Email: polly.toynbee@guardian.co.uk

Personal website:

Website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/pollytoynbee

Blog: http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/arts/author/polly_toynbee/index.html


Networks: https://twitter.com/#!/pollytoynbee



Education: Badminton School, Bristol; Holland Park Comprehensive School, London; St Anne's College, Oxford

Career: The Observer: reporter, feature writer; Washington Monthly (USA): co-editor; The Independent: columnist and associate editor; BBC: social affairs editor (TV & radio) 1988/1995; The Guardian: columnist, 1998-

Current position/role: columnist - political and social commentator

  • also writes/has written for: the Radio Times; edited the Washington Monthly USA

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Viewpoints/Insight: BBC News 24: Faces of the week, Polly Toynbee, 24th November 2006

Broadcast media: Extensive experience



Awards/Honours: Magazine Writer of the Year, 1996; George Orwell Prize, 1997; Commentator of the Year, What the Papers Say Awards, 1997; Columnist of the Year, British Journalism Awards, 1998; Political Journalist of the Year, 2003; Political Journalist of the Year, The DODS and Scottish Widows Woman of the Year Awards, 2007; Columnist of the Year, British Press Awards, 2007



Books & Debate:

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Latest work: Unjust rewards: exposing greed and inequality in Britain today OCLC22944412 , with David Walker, 2008 see review by Ruth Sunderland

Speaking/Appearances: 18th June 2013: Meet Polly Toynbee and Aditya Chakrabortty for a coffee on Tuesday. If you'd like to talk to our columnists face to face, here's a chance to do so at our new coffee shop in east London.

Current debate:

  • Faithworks Debate with Polly Toynbee "Is faith in public life good for Britain?" 21st November 2005
  • Meet the rich - The gap between rich and poor is wider than ever. But that doesn't seem to bother Britain's wealthiest earners. In an extract from their new book, Polly Toynbee and David Walker describe the jaw-dropping arrogance they encountered when they asked some of the fat cats to justify their lives of luxury.The Guardian, 4th August 2008

The Guardian:

Column name:

Remit/Info: Society and politics with particular regard to social issues

Section: Comment & Debate

Role: Columnist - political and social commentator


Email: polly.toynbee@guardian.co.uk

Website: Guardian.co : Polly Toynbee: All comment / Conservative party / Liberal Democrats / Labour party

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Day published: varies, usually Tuesday and Friday

Regularity: Twice-weekly

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