Damian Collins has served as the MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010. From 2016 to 2019 he was Chairman of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, leading enquiries on disinformation and fake news, reality television, immersive and addictive technologies and the future of the BBC and Channel 4. In April 2020 he co-founded the Infotagion fact checking service to combat disinformation about the coronavirus. He also hosts the Infotagion podcast, which has so far published 30 episodes focused on issues related to the social responsibility of big technology companies. In August following his interview with Chris Steele, author of the Trump Russia report, the podcast was ranked in the top three most downloaded political podcasts in Great Britain.
Before politics Damian worked for ten years in the advertising industry at M&C Saatchi in London. In 2016, he published his first book with HarperCollins, Charmed Life, the phenomenal world of Philip Sassoon, a biography of one of his predecessors as MP for Folkestone and Hythe, and also detailing the world of politics and high society in the 1920s and ‘30s.