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Polly Toynbee

Doctor of Civil Law

November 2007

 

Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist and president of the Social Policy Association. During her career she has been BBC social affairs editor, columnist and associate editor of the Independent, co-editor of the Washington Monthly and a reporter and feature writer for the Observer. Her columns serve as a critical assessment of political, social and economic inequality in modern Britain.

This concern with poverty and welfare is reflected in her book, Hard Work: Life in Low-Pay Britain, which she researched by taking a succession of low-paid jobs such as hospital portering and telesales while living on a London housing estate. Her findings were also serialised in the Guardian. Other books include Better or Worse? Has Labour Delivered? co-authored with David Walker. Her achievements have been acknowledged by appointment to national committees and inquiries, and by a number of awards, including that of Political Journalist of the Year 2003 from the Political Studies Association.

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