Ayesha Hazarika MBE is a much sought-after broadcaster, columnist and political commentator. She was a special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband from 2007 to 2015. While in politics, she was a speechwriter, led on communications, specialised in women’s issues and facilitated the drafting of the landmark Equality Act 2010.
Ayesha is a columnist for the London Evening Standard and writes for many other national publications including The Guardian, the Scotsman, the i paper and Grazia. She frequently appears on television and radio including the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Newsnight, Sky News, Good Morning Britain, LBC and CNN International where she was a regular pundit on domestic and international affairs.
Ayesha is also a familiar face and voice on many satirical panel shows including The News Quiz, BBC Scotland’s Breaking the News and has appeared on Have I Got News For You.
Her first book ‘Punch and Judy Politics’ – an insider’s guide to Prime Minister’s Questions – was published in May 2018 and came out in paperback earlier this year.
Ayesha is also an award-winning stand-up comedian and since leaving politics has performed critically acclaimed, sell out shows at the Edinburgh festival.
She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from her alma mater Hull University in January 2019.