Writer, Journalist, Political Commentator & Editor
Tim is the Political Editor of the Sunday Times. He has written for The Spectator and Total Politics and made numerous appearances on the BBC and Times Radio. He has a growing following as a witty and sometimes irascible observer of the political scene on Twitter. His book All Out War is a #1 Sunday Times Bestseller and offers juicy insight into the events leading up to Brexit; it was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2017. The follow-up, 'FALL OUT: A Year of Political Mayhem', was published on 30 November, 2017. Expect Volume 3 of the Brexit trilogy in March 2021.
Tim Shipman is the Political Editor of the Sunday Times and was previously the Deputy Political Editor of the Daily Mail, and Washington Correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph. He has also held several posts, both Political and Foreign, at the Daily and Sunday Express.
Published by Harper Collins in November 2016, All Out War chronicles the greatest upheaval in British politics for a generation; from David Cameron's efforts to secure a new EU deal from Brussels, through to the European referendum campaign and the explosive fallout in both major parties. Tim's first book was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2017. The follow-up Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem was published on 30 November 2017 and the updated paperback with an index followed in May 2018. Tim's unmissable account of politics covering Theresa May’s time as PM through to the end of the election campaign is stuffed to the brim with revelation and explanation of political debates and arguments.
In All Out War, Tim divulges in lively and unprecedented detail the relationships, rivalries and infighting between David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and George Osborne. He reveals how Nigel Farage capitalised on these differences to help steer the country towards Brexit and how Theresa May picked her way through the carnage to seize the keys to 10 Downing Street. Fall Out continues the story of British politics from the entry of Theresa May into Downing Street as Prime Minister through to the end of the general election campaign – and its aftermath. Written with his trademark wit and access to sources no one else has, this book takes all who read it to the heart of the political drama that is unravelling every day before us as Britain tries to work out its new place in the world post Brexit.
Volume 3 of the trilogy will be published in March 2021 and is available for pre-order now.
Tim’s experience is diverse and has seen him report on a wide range of news, from the war in Kosovo to Bill Clinton's impeachment, as well as writing extensively on security issues. He was the main anchorman for the Express’s coverage of the Iraq War, reporting from the US Central Command in Doha.
Tim has covered more British General Elections than he'd care to remember, as well as three American elections from the US. Well known in the Westminster political mix, he is a trusted confidant of politicians from all political parties. As Political Editor of the Sunday Times, Tim has been at the forefront of it all. All Out War covered the 2016 Referendum campaign. With unprecedented access to all key players on all sides, the book was hailed on publication as ‘unquestionably, the book of the year’ and ‘stonkingly good’, it is ‘hard to imagine a better first draft of history’. Tim’s writing is noted for its grasp of human drama as well as his intimate understanding of the political arguments and differences at stake. Fall Out followed a year later, documenting Theresa May’s battle for a Brexit deal. Tim is currently juggling keeping his baby daughter entertained while writing Volume 3 of the Brexit trilogy, which is due in March 2021.
During his office as parliamentary press gallery chairman Tim honed his public speaking skills and was lauded for securing both David Cameron and Tony Blair to address the gallery in the same month.
Renowned for his humour, as a speaker Tim is both insightful and entertaining.
Tim has appeared on BBC Politics, BBC Sunday Politics, and frequently offers his insight and political banter on The Papers. Listen to his insights on PMQ on Times Radio.
Tim enjoys being in the thick of it on Twitter and has a growing following as a witty and sometimes irascible observer of the political scene on Twitter @ShippersUnbound.