Paul Routledge

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Paul Routledge (/ˈrtlɛ/; born 11 December 1943)[1] is an English journalist.

Born in Yorkshire, he is the son of a railway clerk, although most of his male relatives were miners.[2] After an education at Normanton Grammar School and Nottingham University, where he read English, Routledge began his career in journalism on graduation. By 1969 he was working for The Times on the Labour relations desk, later becoming Labour editor. Following a brief period in Singapore,[1] he joined The Observer (in 1986) shortly after the Wapping dispute.[2] When The Guardian took over that paper, he left for the Independent on Sunday.

Routledge currently writes for the Daily Mirror,[3] where he is a political correspondent, and is considered 'Old Labour' in his political outlook.[4]

He has written biographies of Gordon Brown, Peter Mandelson, Arthur Scargill and Airey Neave.


  1. ^ a b Dennis Griffiths (ed.) The Encyclopedia of the British Press, 1492-1992, London and Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1992, p.498-99
  2. ^ a b Ian Aitken "The New Statesman Profile - Paul Routledge", New Statesman, 15 January 1999
  3. ^ "Paul Routledge". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. 10 October 2011. 
  4. ^ John Walton (16 January 1999). "The author of political scandal". BBC News. Retrieved 10 October 2011.