David Osler

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David Osler (born 12 May 1960 in Whitechapel, London) is a British journalist, author and former blogger. He was educated at Wellingborough Grammar School, City of London Polytechnic and the London School of Economics.

Osler is finance editor of Lloyd's List,[1] the world's oldest English-language daily newspaper. He had previously worked as news editor for Tribune, the Labour weekly, and for the Labour Research Department. His freelance contributions have appeared in The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, Daily Telegraph, and the New Statesman.

In 2002, his book Labour Party Plc: New Labour as a Party of Business was published.[2] He wrote a blog[3][4] which was described by Conservative blogger Iain Dale as "brilliantly written and extremely insightful".[5]

In 2007, he was sued for libel by political activist Johanna Kaschke for a blog article and reader comments which she claimed connected her to the Baader-Meinhof gang. The case was struck out in May 2010 by Justice Eady as an abuse of process.[6] Kaschke was refused the right of appeal in September 2010.[7]

In 2001 Osler won the Institute of Transport's Journalist of the year award,[8] and in 2014 he won the Seahorse Club News Journalist of the year award.[9][10] Osler has twice been highly commended in the Periodical Publishers Association business journalist of the year category, and was long listed for the Orwell Prize (blog section) in 2010 and 2011.[11]


  1. ^ "David Osler becomes Lloyd's List finance editor". ResponseSource. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  2. ^ David Osler (2002). Labour Party Plc: New Labour as a Party of Business. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1840186000. 
  3. ^ David Osler. "Dave's part". David Osler. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Top 75 left-wing bloggers". totalpolitics. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Iain Dale's Guide to Political Blogging in the UK, p.19
  6. ^ "Verdict in blogger versus blogger libel case", Index on Censorship (blog), 13 May 2010
  7. ^ "London: Abuse of libel ruling upheld", Index on Censorship (blog), 21 September 2010
  8. ^ "David Osler". Penguin Books. 2002. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Seahorse Club Celebrates Journalistic Excellence with Awards Evening in London". Seahorse Club. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Lloyd's List wins at journalism awards". Lloyd's List. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "David Osler". The Orwell Prize. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 

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