Isabel Oakeshott – Keynote Speaker

Award winning political journalist and broadcaster

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Specialist Subjects

  • UK Armed Forces
  • NHS
  • Farming in the UK
  • Monoculture
  • Animal Welfare
  • Defence
  • UK Foreign Affairs
  • The Pandemic in the UK
  • Journalism
  • Investigation


  • English


Isabel Oakeshott is an award winning political journalist and broadcaster. She has been Political Editor of the Sunday Times newspaper; Political Editor-At-Large of the Daily Mail newspaper; and has had staff jobs on many other national newspaper titles. A regular guest on BBC1’s flagship current affairs programme Question Time, she is currently International Editor at Talk TV and writes for the Telegraph, the Spectator, the Sun and the Mail on Sunday.

During her long journalistic career, she has broken several global stories, including the Lockdown Files expose of secret ministerial communications during the pandemic; and leaked diplomatic telegrams leading to the resignation of the UK Ambassador to the US, Sir Kim Darroch.

She has co-authored multiple high profile non fiction books, on the state of the UK’s Armed Forces (White Flag? – An Examination of the UK’s Defence Capability, 2018); the state of the NHS (Life Support: The state of the NHS in an age of pandemics, 2022); the true cost of cheap meat (Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat, 2015, which has been translated into six languages) and unauthorised biographies of prime ministers David Cameron and Rishi Sunak. Her recent work with former Health Secretary Matt Hancock Pandemic Diaries: The Inside Story of Britain’s Battle Against Covid, 2023.

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