Last updated: 08/06/16.
1. Guido Fawkes
Paul Staines, otherwise known as Guido Fawkes, certainly lives up to his pseudonym. His blog, which is described as a ‘’discussion on parliamentary plots, rumours and conspiracy’’ is nothing short of explosive. Not content with simply dissecting the murky goings on in Westminster, Staines breaks the news that politicians don’t want you to hear, and you get the impression he’s enjoying every minute of it.
Maintained and edited by Stuart Campbell, Wings Over Scotland is a pro-independence (although not SNP aligned) website offering commentary and analysis on politics in Scotland. Campbell takes particular aim at reporting from the mainstream media, and if you take a look on the ‘about’ page you’ll find disparaging quotes from journalists proudly displayed.
LabourList is the foremost independent blog for all things Labour, and a discussion platform for everything from the NHS to the EU. While taking a mostly centre-left position, LabourList encompasses a broad range of progressive views, providing analysis and commentary on news from Westminster, local government and the Labour party itself.
Founded by Will Straw (son of former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw), Left Foot Forward provides evidence based analysis of current events, parliamentary news and policy developments. As the name would suggest, Left Foot Forward advocates progressive policies which see it taking a left- leaning approach. Discussion ranges from immigration and the economy to a handy ‘media watch’ page which dissects bias in the daily news.
Known for its tabloid style, Political Scrapbook takes a mischievous approach to political blogging and is certainly not afraid to rock the boat when it comes to politics and the mainstream media. Read in Westminster and newsrooms alike, it excels in dry humour and clever commentary.
Editor Mike Smithson provides informed, intelligent analysis on key political events. Whether the outcome of the EU referendum or party leadership contests, this is the blog to go to if you want reasoned debate and, as the name suggests, a focus on political betting opportunities. The fact that Political Betting’s readership is formed largely of non-betters is testament to the quality of the content it produces.
Founded by Tim Montgomerie who has been described as ‘’one of the most influential Tories outside of the cabinet”, Conservative Home was created as a hotspot for grassroots Conservative supporters. With a Tory Diary and a Majority section to explore how the Conservatives can win a majority at the next election, Conservative Home delivers all you need from the right end of the spectrum.
Created by Founding Editor Mick Fealty in 2002, Slugger O’Toole takes a critical look at politics in Ireland and Britain, bringing its readership ‘open source’ analysis from the mainstream media and the wider world of blogging. While Northern Ireland is the main focus on Slugger O’Toole, you can also expect intelligent conversation on politics further afield.
The most read independent Liberal Democrat website, this is a site run by and for Lib Dem members and activists. As well as keeping readers up to date with all the key political news, the site regularly polls its ‘members only’ section, giving a unique view of political events from a purely Lib-Dem perspective.
10. Labour Uncut
Labour Uncut is the blog to read if you want insight into the trials and tribulations of the Labour Party. Sometimes scathing in its dissection of Labour policy, it also gives opinion on the steps the party must take to win the next general election. Contributors use the blog as a platform to show where it feels the party has gone wrong, what it could do better and how this can happen.
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these political blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.