Journalism & Politics
Gyles Brandreth was Member of Parliament for the City of Chester from 1992 to 1997. He
was successively Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury,
to the Secretary of State for National Heritage and the Secretary of State for Health. He
served as a Junior Whip at the Department of the Environment, the Department of
Transport and the Department of Health and, later, as a Whip and Lord Commissioner of the
Treasury, in the Cabinet Office and the Treasury.
Gyles Brandreth has worked as an occasional speech writer for three British prime ministers.
He has published an account of his time in politics, Breaking the Code: Westminster Diaries
“A wonderful book. A serious contribution to history,
as well as funny and touching. Breaking the Code is
how politics genuinely is.”
Gyles Brandreth has been a working journalist and columnist since 1969 when he had his
first column in Honey magazine. Since then he has been a columnist for Woman, Woman’s
Own, TV Times and his ‘Alphabet Soup’ column was widely syndicated in the US. In the UK
he has contributed to magazines as varied as the New Statesman, the Spectator and Dogs