Julia Hartley-Brewer

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Julia Hartley-Brewer
Born (1968-05-02) 2 May 1968 (age 51)
Birmingham, England
EducationOldfield School
Woodhouse Sixth Form College
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
Cardiff University
OccupationBroadcaster and journalist
Children1 daughter

Julia Hartley-Brewer (born 2 May 1968) is an English broadcaster and newspaper columnist. She presented the weekday radio show from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on talk radio station Talkradio from 21 March 2016 to 12 January 2018, and from 6:30 am to 10:00 am since 15 January.

Early life[edit]

Born in Birmingham, the daughter of a general practitioner, she attended Oldfield School in Bath, Somerset, and Woodhouse Sixth Form College in Finchley, north London. Hartley-Brewer attended Magdalen College, Oxford from 1988.[1][2]


Hartley-Brewer began her career in journalism at the East London Advertiser in Bethnal Green.[3] Later she was employed as a news reporter and political correspondent for the London Evening Standard and then joined The Guardian, staying at the latter until September 2000.[4] She then moved to the Sunday Express as political correspondent, then political editor from 2001 until 2007 and then assistant editor (Politics), with a byline on a weekly opinion column. She left the Sunday Express in February 2011.

In 2006, she presented and narrated two political documentaries for the television channels BBC Two and BBC Four about the history of British Deputy Prime Ministers, called Every Prime Minister Needs a Willie, and the history of the Leader of the Opposition in The Worst Job in Politics.[5]

She has appeared as a panellist on the comedy quiz show Have I Got News for You seven times as well as being a regular panellist on BBC One's Question Time[3] and Radio 4's Any Questions. She is a regular pundit and commentator on TV and radio, including for Sky News, the BBC News Channel, BBC One's The One Show, ITV's Tonight show, Lorraine on ITV, This Morning on ITV, The Agenda on ITV, Sunday Politics on BBC1, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4's Today and PM programmes. She appeared as a contestant on Pointless Celebrities in October 2014, winning the prize for her chosen charity, the Miscarriage Association.

She was an LBC presenter from February 2011, until she left in December 2014 to be replaced by Shelagh Fogarty. Hartley-Brewer now broadcasts on Talkradio, a talk radio station launched on 21 March 2016. On 12 January 2018, Talkradio announced that Hartley-Brewer would be moving from the mid-morning slot to the 6.30 am breakfast show.[6]

In 2016, she supported Britain leaving the European Union during the EU referendum of that year.[7]

In early October 2017, she was placed at number 80 in commentator Iain Dale's list of the Top 100 Most Influential People On The Right.[8] Later the same month, her allegations against the then Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, recounting an incident 15 years earlier when he repeatedly touched her knee throughout a dinner in 2002, may have contributed to his eventual resignation.[citation needed][9][10]


On 12 August 2018 she sent a tweet containing a photo of the aftermath of the Omagh bombing with text saying that Jeremy Corbyn had paid tribute to the victims of the bombing, "including the Real IRA bombers who may have snagged a nail while planting the explosives".[11][12] The tweet was criticised as insensitive by Michael Gallagher, whose son Aidan was killed by the bomb.[11][12] He said that while he wouldn't have "much faith" in Mr Corbyn, her tweet was "poorly timed".[11][12] He quoted another Twitter user from Omagh who wrote "I am sick, hurt and appalled that anyone could make political points out of the destruction of my lovely home town and 29 innocent people who died that day."[11][12] Writer Lisa McGee criticised the use of the photo of the aftermath.[11][12] Hartley-Brewer was also criticised by journalist David Blevins.[11][12] She defended her tweet as satire.[11][12] The 20th anniversary of the bombing was on 15 August 2018.[13]

The Royal College of General Practitioners invited her to speak in an 'NHS Question Time' panel debate at their annual conference in 2019 but withdrew the invitation after 700 GPs signed a petition complaining that her views were not conducive to the work they were doing to promote inclusivity within the profession and amongst patients.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Hartley-Brewer is married with one daughter, born in 2006. She has declared that she is irreligious.[15] In 2010, she described herself as a "staunch and long-standing republican".[16] She is an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.[17]


  1. ^ "Women's Networking Dinner June 2014 – Magdalen College Oxford". www.magd.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  2. ^ http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Floreat-2011.pdf
  3. ^ a b "Julia Hartley-Brewer". JLA. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  4. ^ Julia Hartley-Brewer contributor page, The Guardian website
  5. ^ "The Worst Job In British Politics? The Leader of the Opposition". BBC programmes index. BBC. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Welcome Holmes: Eamonn Holmes joins all-new talkRADIO". Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  7. ^ Hartley-Brewer, Julia (22 June 2016). "You don't need to trust politicians to vote for Brexit. Just trust yourself". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  8. ^ Dale, Iain (2 October 2017). "The Top 100 Most Influential People On The Right: Iain Dale's 2017 List". LBC. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Newspaper headlines: Fallon 'first scalp' of Commons scandal". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  10. ^ Doward, Jamie. "Revealed: why Michael Fallon was forced to quit as defence secretary". The Guardian Online. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Halliday, Gillian (14 August 2018). "Omagh bomb victim's dad hits out at broadcaster Hartley-Brewer's 'insensitive' tweet". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Indefensible: Omagh bomb Corbyn joke tweet sparks backlash". Belfast Telegraph. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Omagh bomb: Bell tolls to mark 20th anniversary". BBC News. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  14. ^ "RCGP drops Julia Hartley-Brewer from annual conference programme". GP Online. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  15. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08yrs0l | BBC Radio 4: Any Questions episode dated 28 July 2017.
  16. ^ Hartley-Brewer, Julia (21 November 2010). "Royal Wedding: Here's a king in all senses of that word". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Honorary Associates". www.secularism.org.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2019.

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