Daniel Finkelstein is a columnist and Associate Editor of The Times, responsible for the
digital edition. He is also a member of the Lords and an advisor to the Conservative Party.
Danny began his career as Chair of the Young Social Democrats, a group of whom went on to
join the Conservatives. After serving as director of a Westminster think tank focusing on social
policy, he became a political advisor to John Major and then William Hague, and was awarded
an OBE. He has since aligned himself to modernisers like Cameron and Gove.
Following a brief spell in data communications, Danny joined The Times, started their blog
and worked his way up to the leader columns. He also writes a highly regarded and very
distinctive statistics-based football review, and pens regular columns for The Jewish
As a prominent commentator, Danny’s talks provide a sharp and entertaining insight into the
political scene. He originally likened the Coalition to American college fraternities: “The more
humiliating, the more people wanted to join.”