Ayesha Hazarika MBE

political commentator

Ayesha Hazarika MBE is a political commentator who appears regularly across television and radio, providing expert opinion and insight. Having started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country, she then took what she thought was a natural diversion into politics as a Special Adviser for the Labour Party, working with them for eight years both in Government and Opposition. During her time in Westminster she worked for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband, advising them on Prime Minister’s Questions, speeches, media and policy as well as heading up initiatives on topics such as Women and Equality.

Since leaving front line politics she’s become a much sought after pundit due to her unique position to analyse and comment on current affairs with great wit and insight. She has appeared regularly across TV and radio with credits including Good Morning Britain (ITV), CNN Talk (CNN international), Sky Papers (Sky News), The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1), Newsnight (BBC2), The Agenda (ITV) and The Today Programme (BBC Radio 4) as well as using her comedy chops on Breaking the News (BBC Radio Scotland) and Matt Forde’s Unspun (Dave). She has a regular column for the Evening Standard and The Scotsman as well as contributing articles for the FT, Guardian, New Statesman and Grazia.

In 2016 Ayesha returned to her stand-up roots with her show Tales from the Pink Bus which was a sell-out hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival and the Women of the World at the Southbank Centre. She then extended this show, creating State of the Nation, which she toured throughout the UK in early 2017 including a hugely successful run at the Soho Theatre, which had extra dates added due to phenomenal demand. During the show, Ayesha lifts the lid on what life was really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what’s next for British politics. The show returns to Edinburgh in 2017 and there will be a few select dates during the autumn.

State of the Nation is one of the best things to come out of British politics in a long time.

“One of nine hilarious women to look out for in 2017” The Metro