Tim Shipman has been a national newspaper journalist for 16 years and has more than a decade of experience reporting on British and American politics and international relations.



Currently Political Editor of The Sunday Times, Tim has been a member of the Parliamentary lobby since 2001. Previously he worked as Deputy Political Editor of the Daily Mail.


He was a regular blogger for Chapman & Co. on the Right Minds section of the Daily Mail website and has a growing following as a witty, waspish and sometimes irascible observer of the political scene on Twitter, @ShippersUnbound


Tim has covered four British general elections in 1997, 2001, 2005, and 2010 and three US Presidential elections in 2000, 2004 and 2008.


Between 2007 and 2009, Tim was the Washington Correspondent with the Sunday Telegraph and reported the historic 2008 election contest between Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain from 42 states.  He got the first British interview with Mike Huckabee and revealed that Barack Obama had sent back the bust of Sir Winston Churchill that had adorned the Oval Office during George W. Bush's administration - a story that still resonates through American politics.


Tim began his career as a trainee at the Daily Express in 1997, quickly rising to become Deputy Foreign Editor, from where he helped coordinate coverage of the war in Kosovo and Bill Clinton's impeachment.  He moved to the Sunday Express in 2001 as Deputy Political Editor and later took on the roles of Defence and Diplomatic Editor as well, covering security issues and the war on terror.


In 2003, he was the main anchorman for coverage of the Iraq War across both Express titles, reporting from US Central Command in Doha, Qatar for seven weeks.  Tim moved to the Daily Mail in 2005 as part of their Westminster team.


He has also written for The Spectator, Total Politics, the Daily Telegraph and the Cambridge Evening News.


Tim was educated at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle in Lincolnshire and Churchill College, Cambridge, where he read History and then took an M.Phil in International Relations.


He now lives in Blackheath, South East London, with 2,500 books and a gradually dwindling collection of wine.


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