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James Matthewson

British Writer, Author & Political Commentator

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About James

James Matthewson is a British Writer, Published Author and former Political Adviser working in UK Politics. 


Before starting in his career as a writer and commentator, James worked for the UK Parliament as the Spokesman to the Chair of the Labour Party.


After leaving his role at the House of Commons, James released a publication titled 'Progressive Pragmatism' in partnership with the prominent think-tank Compass.

Progressive Pragmatism received praise from across the political spectrum as an 'on-the-ground assessment' of the Labour Party's 2017 and 2019 General Election defeats.

James has written about Politics and various Social issues for Newspapers, Websites and Publications including The Times, The Huff Post & The Daily Mirror. He regularly appears on TV & Radio including Sky News, BBC, ITV, Talk TV, Times Radio and GB News. 


In 2022, James launches his Podcast 'People Behind Politics' in which he interviews prominent political advisers & people who have worked behind the scenes in Politics.


Olympia Publishers published James' debut book in August 2022. The book, titled 'Wonderboy' is a collection of writing & poetry about growing up on the Autistic Spectrum and is available to buy online and in select Bookstores.

James lives in Edinburgh and still works in Political Comms & Public Affairs.  


Please see the contact section for broadcast & media requests.



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'Wonderboy' is a unique collection of poems written by James Matthewson. Each poem shines a light on the experience of growing up with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

From navigating a challenging school system, to developing friendships and learning to live with Asperger’s syndrome, the poems and writings in 'Wonderboy' give a first-person perspective of life on the Autistic spectrum and tell a story all too familiar to millions of families, children, and teenagers across the UK.

'Wonderboy' was published in August 2022 by Olympia Publishers and is now available for purchase online and in selected bookstores. Those interested in events relating to the 'Wonderboy' book can keep updated via James' Instagram. 

by James Matthewson

(Published by Olympia)


The Corbyn era in Labour was genuinely transformatory. It swelled the Labour membership, engendered exciting new ideas and thinking and gave a sense of hope to previously disenfranchised activists and campaigners. All of this shouldn’t be understated.

But despite this, a culture of tribalism, hostility and rancour pervaded the party. Those who didn’t entirely endorse the project were marginalised and labelled as traitors.

In this publication, former Parliamentary staffer and Labour Party member, James Matthewson reflects on the successes and failures of Corbynism and suggests that the party now needs to urgently adopt strategies that unify the different factions, as well as seriously consider working with other progressive parties.


by James Matthewson

Progressive Pragmatism

Other writing


The Times


"Personality cults keep Labour out of power" - James Matthewson


Huff Post


"The Labour Movement Cannot Simply Hope Activists Find Their Way To Us Alone" - James Matthewson


The Times


"To win again, progressives must rediscover pragmatism"

- James Matthewson

In the press

In the Press



In 2022, James Matthewson launched a new Podcast called 'People Behind Politics'.


The mission being to explore, through interviews, the lives of people working behind the scenes in Politics.


From Special Advisers and Speechwriters to Comms professionals and Journalists, this podcast seeks to pull back the curtain and hear the personal stories of what life has been like for those working in the world of all things Political. 

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