The Top 10 Political Blog ranking was last updated 20/03/2019.
1. Guido Fawkes
Guido Fawkes is the undefeated Political Blog of the Year at the Vuelio Blog Awards (four years and counting) and a non-mover from this number one spot. Created back in 2004 by Paul Staines, a man with a background in acid house and finance, Guido Fawkes set out to share the gossip, news and rumours from Westminster. Now one of the most feared and respected names in politics, a post on Guido Fawkes has the power to change the political landscape. With dedicated sections about the media, tech, EU and ‘Guy News’, which is video content, Guido Fawkes has become the only place to go to stay up-to-date with the goings-on in Parliament.
Moving up to second place is ConservativeHome. Created back in 2005 by Tim Montgomerie as a way to champion the interests of grassroots Tory members, the blog aims to show members are equally serious and passionate about social justice as they are economic competitiveness. Independent of the Conservative Party but supportive of it, ConservativeHome publishes a daily round-up of the important news and analyses the latest developments in the party in the ToryDiary. Encouraging debate and conversation, ConservativeHome has an entire section dedicated for comment where readers can interact and share their thoughts on the latest news.
Taking third place in our ranking is Wings Over Scotland, a blog focusing on the Scottish political landscape. Created and edited by Rev. Stuart Campbell, Wings Over Scotland splits opinion across the media with its straight-talking style and brutally honest posts about politics, both across Scotland the rest of the UK. A strong supporter of Scottish independence (though not affiliated with the SNP), Wings Over Scotland gives readers insight, views and voting guidance about political matters in Scotland.
Launched in 2009, LabourList has become the leading place for news, views and debate about the Labour Party. Independent of the Labour Party but supportive of it, LabourList brings together readers and contributors, from MPs to grassroots activists. LabourList aims to create a forum for discussion, encouraging debate for readers and allowing them to comment on the latest political news. It provides a range of views and opinions.
Founded in 2004 by Mike Smithson, PoliticalBetting.com is a platform for political gamblers and others interested in forecasting political outcomes. With a background in journalism and politics, Mike has combined two of his passions into a successful blog, packed with insightful analysis, the latest stats and results of recent polls. PoliticalBetting.com is a must-read for anyone betting on the ever-changing world of politics, and even if you’re not the gambling type there’s plenty of posts to keep you in the Westminster loop.
Slugger O’Toole was set up in 2002 by Mick Fealty to focus primarily on Northern Irish politics but over the years the blog has grown to cover issues in the Republic of Ireland, Britain as well as the rest of the world. Slugger O’Toole believes diversity of opinion is essential to a reliable view of any problem and Mick does just that with his blog, encouraging contributions in Irish and Welsh as well as English, and hosting an intelligent dialogue on a range of important and controversial issues.
Created by Mike Small and Kevin Williamson back in 2007, Bella Caledonia provides both political and cultural commentary, with a focus on Scottish independence. Highlighting their independence from the mainstream media, Mike and Kevin’s aim is to become the media and have more control over what is written. As part of this, they encourage contributions from a wide variety of people including filmmakers and artists. Bella Caledonia is not aligned to any particular party, instead it shares views and opinions from across the political landscape.
Left Foot Forward is a political blog which aims to provide political news and comment for progressives on the left. Edited by Josiah Mortimer and with a host of regular contributors, Left Foot Forward posts about debate from the left and provides a fresh angle on politics and current affairs. Although Left Foot Forward is not affiliated to any party, as the title of the blog suggests, the content focuses on the left, sparking discussion around the current political situation and coverage in the media.
9. Craig Murray
A brand-new entry to our ranking is Craig Murray’s eponymous blog. Author, broadcaster, human rights activist and previous British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig has been involved in politics his entire career. Using his blog to share his views and opinions on political issues in the UK and around the world, he often sparks quite a debate among his readers, drumming up hundreds of comments per post. Fans of Craig can catch him at a number of events as he is often invited to speak on a number of issues, drawing on his twenty years’ experience as a British diplomat.
10. Iain Dale
Another new entry to the political ranking is Iain Dale’s blog. Iain is an award-winning radio presenter and current host of the Evening Show on LBC. Posting about the current happenings in UK politics and the media, Iain offers his thoughts and views in his informal blog, often writing about issues which have come out of his radio show. A leading political commentator, podcast host and regular columnist, Iain keeps his readers and listeners up-to-date with the ever-changing political situation.
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.