Leo McKinstry

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Leo McKinstry (born 1962) is a British journalist, historian and author.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, McKinstry graduated from Cambridge University.[1] He writes regularly for several newspapers in the United Kingdom, including the Daily Mail,[2] Daily Express,[3] and The Sunday Telegraph.[4] He often writes about issues relating to immigration and the European Union, being a strong supporter of Brexit. His books include a biography of the Victorian Prime Minister, Lord Rosebery.

In the early 1990s McKinstry was a Labour councillor in Islington and worked as a parliamentary aide to Labour politician Harriet Harman, later criticising what he described as her "dangerous gospel of feminist fascism".[5] Losing his seat on Islington council in 1994, he was working for Labour front bencher Doug Henderson when he announced the following year, via an article in The Spectator, that he no longer supported the party.[6] Subsequently, he was a regular columnist in both the Daily Mail and the Daily Express.

McKinstry is married and lives in Kent and Provence.[7]

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  1. ^ "Leo McKinstry Biography". Harper Collins Publishers. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Leo Mckinstry (2009-12-31). "LEO McKINSTRY: Sorry not to join the liberal wailing: heroin traffickers deserve to die | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | Columnists :: Dale Farm fiasco should have been resolved years ago". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  4. ^ Personal View (2006-11-15). "In defence of the white working class". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  5. ^ McKinstry, Leo (2008-05-20). "Why does Harriet Harman hate marriage?". Daily Mail. London. 
  6. ^ Vilified Labour defector vents his spleen in print – 17 years on - Leo McKinstry reveals all to Spectator magazine, Islington Tribune, 3 February 2012
  7. ^ "Leo McKinstry". Amheath.com. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Prior winners". British Sports Book Awards. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 

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