Nelson speaking in 2012
14 May 1973
Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
|Education||University of Glasgow
|Known for||The Spectator|
Educated at Nairn Academy and Dollar Academy, Nelson went on to study History and politics at the University of Glasgow and gained a Diploma in journalism at City University, London. He once worked as a barman at Cleos in Rosyth.
He started out as a business reporter with The Times in 1997, followed by a short spell as Scottish political correspondent. At a party in Scotland he met Andrew Neil, then editor of The Scotsman who recruited him as its political editor in 2001. In 2003 he moved to The Business, a sister title of The Scotsman in the Barclay brothers' Press Holdings group. In July 2004 the brothers bought The Telegraph Group, which included The Spectator and in December 2005 they sold The Scotsman Publications Ltd. Neil had been appointed Chief Executive of The Spectator after the Barclays bought it, and in 2006 he brought in Nelson as associate editor and then political editor of the magazine. He replaced Matthew d'Ancona as editor of The Spectator when the latter was sacked in August 2009.
In addition to his role as editor of The Spectator, Nelson was also a political columnist for the News of the World from 2006 and a board director with the Centre for Policy Studies think tank. He was named Political Columnist of the Year in the 2009 Comment Awards.
The British Society of Magazine Editors awarded Nelson the 2013 Editors’ Editor of the Year.
On 4 April 2014, he published a piece in the Daily Telegraph entitled "The British Muslim is truly one among us – and proud to be so", which praised the integration of mainstream Islam in the UK and described it as "of our great success stories".
Style and beliefs
Nelson is an economic libertarian and a supporter of the Conservative Party. Nelson has stated that he is a supporter of mass immigration. He describes the magazine under his editorship as "right of centre, but not strongly right of centre". He has on occasion criticised David Cameron's leadership but is generally supportive, and, more recently, he has also begun to praise Cameron's administration partner Nick Clegg.
- "Fraser Nelson". The Media Briefing.
- Sabbagh, Dan (17 February 2013). "Fraser Nelson: The Spectator is more cocktail party than political party". The Guardian.
- Nelson, Fraser (15 October 2012). "Keep Gordon Brown out of the battle for Scotland". The Spectator.
- "Fraser Nelson to replace Matthew d'Ancona as Spectator editor". The Guardian. 28 August 2009.
- Fraser Nelson profile Centre for Policy Studies
- "Comment Awards - Previous Winners 2009". Editorial Intelligence. 2012.
- "BSME Awards 2013 Winners" (Press release). British Society of Magazine Editors. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
- "The British Muslim is truly one among us – and proud to be so" 5 Apr 2014
- "How I learned to stop worrying and rate Nick Clegg". The Spectator. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- Interview[dead link] in the Sunday Herald, June 2009
- Interview in the Independent on Sunday, March 2010
|Editor of The Spectator