The Top 10 Political Blog ranking was last updated 25/04/2018.
1. Guido Fawkes
Remaining firmly in the number one spot is Guido Fawkes. Originally created back in 2004 by Paul Staines, Guido Fawkes aims to expose the plots, rumours and conspiracies of Westminster. Staines has become a name that’s both feared and respected by politicians, as a single post from ‘Guido’ has the power to change the political landscape. With a reputation for uncovering major scandals, and thrice winning Best Political Blog at the Vuelio Blog Awards, Staines was named by GQ in 2011 as one of the Most Influential Men in Britain. Describing himself as a libertarian, and with a career in acid house prior to blogging, Staines continues to break the mould for political bloggers everywhere.
Jumping up to second place in our rankings is LabourList, which boasts a range of contributors from leading MPs to grassroots activists. Launched in 2009, the blog has grown a huge following with its news, comment, videos and regional news. Supportive but independent of the Labour Party, LabourList provides a forum for debate across the centre left, which allows its users to share their views without the blog having to take sides.
Also moving up several places, and hot on the heels of LabourList, is ConservativeHome, founded back in 2005 by Tim Montgomerie. ConservativeHome remains independent of the Conservative party but has grown to become the leading blog for Tory supporters and grassroots members. ConservativeHome runs various campaigns in support of the Conservative party alongside regular features, which include guest posts from MPs, comment on Government and policy and the ‘LeftWatch’ and ‘UKIPWatch’ feeds.
Created by Mike Smithson back in 2004, PoliticalBetting.com has become the best place to go for political odds. With a background in journalism and politics, Mike shares his analysis of political situations, backed up by the latest polls and comprehensive stats. If you’re a political gambler or, like a majority of its readers, interested in intelligent analysis and forecasting outcomes of the ever-changing political landscape, PoliticalBetting.com is the blog for you.
Launched by former video-game journalist Rev. Stuart Campbell as a place to provide an honest take on Scottish politics, Wings Over Scotland now gets a mixed reception from the media and politicians alike. With his brash commentary on politics, mainstream media and strong advocacy of Scottish independence (though not aligned to the SNP), Campbell’s blog has become the place thousands of Scots (and those interested in Scotland’s future) go to for facts, arguments and voting guidance.
Slugger O’Toole originally started with a focus on Northern Irish politics, but over the past 16 years this has expanded to cover a huge variety of issues across Britain and the wider world. Launched in 2002 by Mike Fealty, Slugger O’Toole was one of the first major blogs that still has a huge reputation today. The blog looks at opinions from both the mainstream media and the blogosphere, believing that diversity of opinion is essential to building a reliable view of any problem, great or small.
Formed in 2007 by Mike Small and Kevin Williamson, Bella Caledonia combines political and cultural debate with a focus on Scottish politics. Firm believers in an independent Scotland, Bella Caledonia isn’t confined to politics, also covering the arts, culture and media in Scotland. The blog is not aligned to any one political party, instead it aims to reclaim the media by adding its voice to help steer the conversation.
Founded in 2009 by Will Straw, Left Foot Forward provides political news and evidence-based commentary for progressives on the left (though it isn’t affiliated with any party). Opinion comes from several staff writers and numerous contributors ranging from journalists, academics and MPs who give their take on British politics and current affairs. Covering a broad range of issues from the economy to the environment, Left Foot Forward encourages readers to get involved in the political conversation.
Popular across newsrooms and Westminster, Political Scrapbook provides the latest political gossip in its bold tabloid style. Not afraid to cause trouble, but always with a sense of mischievous fun, Political Scrapbook has broken stories that have gone on to feature across national print and broadcast media. If you want to find out about the latest political scandal or gaffe, chances are you’ll find it here first.
Run by a collective of Liberal Democrat members, activists and bloggers, Liberal Democrat Voice is aligned to the party itself (though it avoids any supposed wings). Created in 2006, Liberal Democrat Voice features posts from members and encourages non-Lib Dems to contribute too, with the aim of promoting healthy debate. Liberal Democrat Voice runs regular polls and surveys, allowing its members to have their say on various issues from party leadership to Brexit.
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.