Stephen Pollard

Editor, Jewish Chronicle and columnist, Daily Express

Biography

Stephen Pollard is Editor of the Jewish Chronicle, the world’s oldest and most influential Jewish newspaper.
Until assuming his post with the JC in November 2008, he was a columnist with The Times and Il Foglio (Italy) and wrote regularly for the Daily Mail, Wall Street Journal Europe and other newspapers about politics, policy and culture. He now has a weekly column in the Express and writes regularly for other newspapers.
He was also the Spectator magazine’s first blogger.
His best-selling biography of the former Home Secretary, David Blunkett, was published in December 2004. Ten Days That Changed the Nation – the Making of Modern Britain was published in July 2009 and is now writing his new book, Deaths of the Great Composers.
Stephen was also President of the Centre for the New Europe, the Brussels-based free market think tank. Until November 2006 he was Senior Fellow and director of CNE’s health policy programme. In February 2005 he was an expert witness in the US Senate’s hearing on pharmaceutical importation and sat on the advisory board to Pfizer Europe.
He was also the founding chairman of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and sat on the Advisory Board of the think tank Reform.
He is the author of numerous pamphlets and books on health and education policy, and is co-author with Lord Adonis of the best-selling A Class Act – the Myth of Britain’s Classless Society (Penguin, 1998), which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize.
He has been Research Director of the Fabian Society and Head of Research at the Social Market Foundation and in 1997 made the switch to journalism as a leader writer on the Evening Standard and Independent. In 1999 he joined the Daily Express as a columnist and became Chief Leader Writer and Associate Editor in 2000.

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