Jeremy Paxman admits: ‘I’m a Tory’

Jeremy Paxman on a Boris bike with Boris

Following a talk about the Great War at the Chalke Valley History Festival, one wily audience member asked Jeremy Paxman about his political leanings. The newly retired Newsnight anchor responded:

“I have to be frank, I suppose I am a one-nation Tory, yes,”

Telegraph arts hack Hannah Furness reports this was then followed up by asking him whether he was the last Conservative at the BBC:

“If I had to…are there any members of the press here?” he said, at the sold-out event. “I think I’ll plead the fifth on that one.”

No word on whether they had to repeat the questions 12 times.

3 Comments

  1. John Merrall says:

    Jeremy Paxman like each one of us is entitled to his own political views. My own leanings are towards the left and environmental issues.
    That said I have always enjoyed the professional and impartial way that he has held our elected politicians to account, long may this continue with those who now present Newsnight.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Surely with him declaring that he’s a “one nation” tory (quoting an Ed Miliband Labour slogan) he is actually positioning himself on the fence somewhere between the two leading parties?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Possibly not, the phrase One-Nation Conservatism was coined by Benjamin Disraeli in the 19th Century, to describe his political philosophies.

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