Andrew Neil is a Scottish journalist and broadcaster best known for presenting Sunday Politics and This Week on BBC One and Daily Politics on BBC Two.
Born in Paisley, he attended the University of Glasgow, where he edited the student newspaper, the Glasgow University Guardian, and dabbled in student television. He then graduated in 1971 with an MA with honours in political economy and political science, having been tutored by Vince Cable.
After leaving university, Andrew briefly worked as a sports correspondent for the Paisley Daily Express before joining the Conservative Party as a research assistant. In 1973, he later joined the Economist as a correspondent and was later promoted as editor of the publication’s section on Britain.
From 1983 until 1994 Neil was editor of The Sunday Times, and following his tenure at the Rupert Murdoch-owned publication, he became a writer for the Daily Mail and also worked for the Press Holdings group of newspapers.
As well as his newspaper activities, Andrew also maintained a television career, contributing to many channels in Britain and the United States, that was before the BBC political programming revamp saw him rise to the limelight and feature in their flagship politics shows.
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