|Categories||British political magazines|
|Circulation||12,700, including MPs, MEPs, peers, MSPs, AMs, MLAs, council leaders and public affairs professionals (2012) |
Total Politics is a British political magazine described as a "a lifestyle magazine for the political community". It was first published in June 2008 and is distributed freely to all MPs, MEPs, peers, political journalists, members of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish assemblies, and all senior councillors down to district level as well as being available by subscription and sold on newsstands. The magazine was created by the Conservative journalist Iain Dale and the political commentator and author Shane Greer. The pair launched Total Politics with some financial backing from the then Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, Lord Ashcroft, who in return owned a 25% stake in parent company Biteback Media. The magazine claims to have a fundamental goal of being "unremittingly positive about the political process"
In Conversation Interviews
Each issue of Total Politics carries a set-piece ‘In Conversation’ interview with a senior figure from British politics. The interviews are presented in a question and answer format, with no interpretation or analysis". In addition, the interviews include a mini-interview called the ‘Quick Fire’ which is published as a box-out and involves more light-hearted questions. So far, interviewees have included:
- Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown MP
- Mayor of London Boris Johnson
- Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg MP
- Prime Minister David Cameron MP
- Labour Party Leader Harriet Harman MP
- Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone
- Former Liberal Democrat Leader Lord Ashdown
- Cherie Blair
- Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Vince Cable
Guide to Political Blogging
Each year Total Politics publishes the Guide to Political Blogging in the UK, a book which includes a list of every political blog in the UK, lists of the best blogs in each blogging category (called Top Lists) and analysis of the British political blogosphere written by experts in political blogging. The Guide was originally published independently by Iain Dale, but was taken over by Total Politics when it launched in 2008. For the last two years the book has been sponsored by APCO Worldwide. The Top Lists categories (as of the 2009/2010 blogging guide) are:
- Top 300 UK Political Blogs
- Top 100 Left of Centre Blogs
- Top 100 Right of Centre Blogs
- Top 75 LibDem Blogs
- Top 20 Libertarian Blogs
- Top 30 Green Blogs
- Top 60 Welsh Blogs
- Top 50 Scottish Blogs
- Top 20 Northern Irish Blogs
- Top 30 MP Blogs
- Top 40 Councillor Blogs
- Top 50 Non-Aligned Blogs
- Top 30 Media Blogs
The winners in each category are determined by public vote through an email poll. As well as being recognised in the Guide, winners are also provided with digital awards badges to put on their blogs.
Total Politics Ranking
A common theme in Total Politics is the publication of rankings for all things politics. This includes one-off rankings such as the ‘Top 50 Political Myths’, the ‘Top 10 Political Gifts’ and annual rankings such as the ‘Top 100 Political Journalists’ and the ‘Top 100 Public Affairs Professionals’.
Designed to ensure political neutrality, the editorial board includes the following: -
- Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown
- Journalist and history professor Brian Brivati
- Shami Chakrabarti, the director of the human rights group Liberty
- Conservative MP David Davis
- Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Chris Huhne
- Labour MPs Andrew MacKinlay and Denis MacShane
- Scottish National Party MP Angus MacNeil
- Former Conservative leader of Westminster City Council, Sir Simon Milton
- Lord Trimble, former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and former First Minister of Northern Ireland
Pre-Election Question Time Specials
During February 2010 Total Politics teamed up with hotel chain City Inn, to put on four Question Time style debate sessions in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and London.
The Manchester event was reviewed on the Manchester Salon website.
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- Dods Group acquires Biteback Media and Holyrood Communications
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- "Top 10 Political Gifts". totalpolitics.com. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
- "Top 100 Political Journalists 2009". totalpolitics.com. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
- "Top 100 Public Affairs Professionals 2009". totalpolitics.com. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
- "Total Politics - The Team". Retrieved 22 July 2008.
- Simon Belt (11 February 2010). "Manchester Question Time Organised by Total Politics". manchestersalon.org.uk. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
- Total Politics (official site)