A veritable ‘who’s who’ of SW1 has been lined up to judge the inaugural Political Book Awards. Sky’s Adam Boulton, the Mail’s Simon Walters and Labour’s Chris Bryant will be joined by that nice Mary Beard.
The awards are being run by Total Politics, the magazine published by Biteback Media, which, completely coincidentally, also publishes political books.
Lord Ashcroft, who put up most of the cash for the Biteback venture, will sit on the judging panel. And so will a number of Biteback contributors, including Edwina Currie and Deborah Mattinson, although they will be awarding prizes in different categories from their own work.
Unusually for an awards ceremony, and despite sponsorship from bookmakers Paddy Power, tickets to the event will be charged. Liabilities of £2,119,288 might be laying heavily on the company’s management.