James Chapman (journalist)

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James Chapman
Born1977 (age 41–42)
Alma materSt Peter's College, Oxford
OccupationPublic relations executive

James Chapman (born 1977) is a British public relations executive, a former UK Government adviser, and former political editor of the Daily Mail.

Early life[edit]

Chapman did work experience at the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton at the age of 14.[1] He went to St Peter's College, Oxford from 1996–99 and studied English, being tutored by playwright Francis Warner.[2]


Chapman began his career at the Daily Mail, working for the title for 17 years.[1] In 2002, he became Science and Environment correspondent. He became Deputy Political Editor of the Daily Mail in 2005; in March 2009 he became Political Editor.

He was appointed Director of Communications at HM Treasury by the then Chancellor George Osborne in 2015.[3] He was named one of the UK's 100 best connected men in 2016 by GQ magazine.[4]

He was appointed Chief of Staff at the new Department for Exiting the European Union in 2016 working for the minister David Davis.[5] He ceased working for Davis in the summer of 2017.[6]

Chapman became a partner at London-based PR firm Bell Pottinger in 2017, shortly before the company declared bankruptcy.[7]

It was reported in July 2017 that Chapman is to become a political columnist for The Guardian newspaper, in addition to his job at Bell Pottinger, writing about the Conservative Party and Brexit.[8]

In summer 2017 Chapman began tweeting his proposals for a new centrist political party, 'The Democrats', opposed to Brexit.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

His wife is Greek-born jeweller Erato Porphyrios.[11][not in citation given] They married on the island of Spetses in 2004. They had a son in September 2006,[12] and a second son in October 2009.[13]


  1. ^ a b Myers, Rupert (16 August 2017). "James Chapman is the Rogue One of Remainers". GQ. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Alumni & friends". spc.ox.ac.uk. Media and Journalism, St Peter's College, Oxford.
  3. ^ Ponsford, Dominic (18 May 2015). "Daily Mail political editor James Chapman takes Government PR role working for George Osborne". Press Gazette.
  4. ^ Burton, Charlie (6 April 2016). "Who are the 100 Most Connected Men in 2016?". GQ.
  5. ^ Watts, Joe (18 August 2016). "The man who helped run Project Fear is now a key figure in Brexit negotiations". The Independent.
  6. ^ Stone, Jon (15 August 2017). "David Davis's former chief of staff launches extraordinary tirade against 'drunk, bullying and inappropriate' Brexit chief". The Independent. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  7. ^ Turvill, William (9 June 2017). "City PR firm appoints former George Osborne spin doctor". CityAM.
  8. ^ Amol Rajan [@amolrajanBBC] (19 July 2017). "1/ SCOOP: understand @jameschappers is about to sign up as @guardian columnist. SunTimes and ex-boss Osborne at Standard were sniffing too" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Weaver, Matthew (11 August 2017). "Two cabinet ministers 'interested in new anti-Brexit party idea". The Guardian.
  10. ^ Gilchrist, Karen (14 August 2017). "'Democrat' party may be launched in the UK to fight Brexit". CNBC.
  11. ^ "Erato Jewellery". Erato Jewellery.
  12. ^ "CHAPMAN - Births Announcements - Telegraph Announcements". announcements.telegraph.co.uk.
  13. ^ "CHAPMAN - Births Announcements - Telegraph Announcements". announcements.telegraph.co.uk.

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Preceded by
Benedict Brogan
Political Editor of the Daily Mail
March 2009 – May 2015
Succeeded by
James Slack