Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician


cropped-jf-at-the-villa-aldobrandini.jpgJonathan is a British freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster on international affairs. For seven years, he was based in Brussels, initially for Reuters, subsequently freelance. He now writes mainly for the BBC and the Guardian, as well as commentating for Middle Eastern TV channels. He has published 15 non-fiction books, including volumes on Brussels and London and a childhood memoir, Eccles Cakes. He also lectures part-time at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Since 2014 he has been a Non-Executive Director of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

Jonathan has served as a London Borough Councillor (in Bromley) and fought three parliamentary elections. He is currently the Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson for London and prospective parliamentary candidate for the Cities of London and Westminster. But the European Parliament was always been his ultimate political goal. He has been fighting Euro-campaigns ever since the first direct elections to the European Parliament were held, and in 2004, came within a whisker of becoming an MEP for London. Because of Brexit this is now unlikely to happen. However, he sits on the governing Council of the Alliance for Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE), as well as on the Executive of Liberal International.

He is currently a candidate  for the Mile End ward of Tower Hamlets, London. Published and promoted on behalf of Jonathan Fryer and Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats by Warwick Danks, all at Houseboat Blue Amber, Harbourmaster’s Office, 46 Goodhart Place, London E14 8EG.

Link to Jonathan’s Amazon author page:


36 Responses to “About”

  1. Orlando M Bouza said

    Nice and amazing web page. I had been reading it since last April. It’s time to Thank You for it.


  2. Hello Jonathan
    My name is Mona and I heard you on the radio speaking about the emirates. Very interesting so I looked you up and I would love to meet up with you to discuss the Middle East the Emirates and have your views on our campaign justice4jaweed. Our new site will be ready shortly but our old site is still functioning.

  3. edward steen said

    The web-site is perfect. Un-showoffy and intelligent and simply interesting. I have decided to become a Liberal. Let me know if I can help with your campaign. Ed

  4. Thomas Byrne said

    Being a Liberal Democrat yourself, can you clarify any of the issues I’ve written about here?

  5. Untap'd said

    Just found your blog after searching for Masroor Ahmad. I must say I am extremely delighted with your website and with the topic matters. Thanks for all the posts, most enjoyable!

  6. Giles MacDonogh said

    Just seen from the Times that Inga has died. Have you heard anything about a memorial service (do Quakers do that?). It would be nice to pay my respects. G

  7. jonathanfryer said

    Thanks for your message, Giles. I am writing Inga’s obit for The Guardian. Yes, Quakers do have memorial meetings and I will ask what is being arranged when I return to London on 11 January from Thailand where I am working for three weeks.

  8. Tom Parker said

    You’re going to want to fix as it appears to be very broken right now…

  9. jonathanfryer said

    You’re right, Tom; will get it seen to asap!


    Jonathan Fryer

  10. maxwell macleod said


    I am researching a story that my Uncle Norman Macleod served a periood in jail having had a homslexual relationship with Tom Sheffingtom-Lodge.
    If you have any infomation on this I would be grateful if you could give me a call on 0131-317-7127.

    Many thanks

    Sir Maxwell Macleod

  11. jonathanfryer said

    I only knew Tom S-L slightly and have no knowledge of the relationship you mention, but I have asked my good friend Francis King, who knew Tom well before they dramatically fell out, whether he can throw any light on the subject. I will let you know if so.

    Best wishes,

    Jonathan Fryer

  12. Dear Jonathan,

    My name is Chris Henry, I’m a reporter at

    May I send you a press release about a story that may be of interest to your political blog.

    It concerns our citizen video coverage of the Liberal Democrat Party Conference starting this weekend.

    If you have any questions regarding our proposed coverage, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    We hope to see you at the conference.

    Best Wishes

    Chris Henry
    “Communicate Happiness”

    Correspondent Corp. Ltd.
    Waterside House
    9 Woodfield Road
    W9 2BA

    Reception: +44 20 8962 3030

  13. Jack V Sturiano said

    Dear Mr Fryer,
    I have just read your Robbie Ross biography which I enjoyed. I’m researching Osbert Sitwell’s remark that Ross had photo’s of dead WW1 soldiers which he would show to people who need to see the reality of war they supported. Wilfred Owen is supposed to have had some as well but no one actually has proof he had them. Since he meets with Ross about this time is there any evidence you know about in regards to Sitwell’s remark?
    Yours Cordially
    Jack V Sturiano

  14. jonathanfryer said

    Dear Jack Sturiano: I’m glad you enjoyed my Robbie Ross book. I am not aware of any conclusive proof regarding the matter you raise. I confess I long ago learnt to treat much of what Osbert Sitwell said or wrote with a large pinch of salt. Best wishes, Jonathan Fryer

  15. Hi, I work for the Hindustan Times, one of the largest English-language dailies in India. I’m travelling to Cairo to report – I plan to be there by Friday. Was wondering whether you could pass me Ayman Nour’s contacts.

  16. thenewfederalsit said

    Dear Mr. Fryer,
    I am writing to you on behalf of the New Federalist, the online magazine of the Young European Federalists (JEF). The organization is promoted to the creation of a united, federal, democratic Europe. We were wondering if you would be interested in writing an article for the online magazine. Articles published in the magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization, but are meant to engage readers and promote a discussion of ideas. We would greatly appreciate it if you would be willing to provide a link to the New Federalist on your blog’s reading list, if it interests you. If you would be interested in contributing a piece, you may contact Pauline GESSANT at
    Thank you for your time, and wishing you well,

    Kaylee JOHNSON
    Les Jeunes Européens-France
    95 rue de Rennes – 75006 Paris | T +33(0)1 45 49 81 66 | F +33(0)1 45 49 96 65 | |

  17. Hi Jonathan,

    Trying to get in contact with political campaigners, bloggers and the like about possible video interviews for Winkball political coverage. Drop me a line at for more info.



  18. Sue Terry said

    Well, Jonathan – if I could vote for you…..I would! Sue Terry

  19. jonathanfryer said

    Thank you, Sue. I really appreciate that. Happy New Year! Jonathan Fryer

  20. SUE TERRY said

    And a very Happy New Year back to you…..I hope all goes well with you and that 2012 will bring you what you want for yourself as well as health, prosperity and of course….happiness! I would love to catchup with you – I’m sure you are very busy but just in case, this is my email: and I am on Facebook…..
    All the very best, Sue :O)

  21. Rosemary Somers said

    Hi Jonathan

    You know me from the K&C Lib Dems. A cousin recently sent me the following link.

    My cousin said: “a friend of ours in Israel has recently sent us this link to a speech of the famous Israeli writer Amos Oz delivered at the Monash University in Australia.

    The speech lasts 44 minutes but they pass very fast as Oz’s stories are based on very analytical observation and lead to very convincing conclusions in
    relation to Israel’s past, present and future. Above all Oz is great fun to listen to.”

    Tony and I watched it and enjoyed it and found it thought provoking. Knowing of your interest in the middle east, I thought you would too. So I googled you and found this website and by co-incidence you’ve just come back from a conference about Jerusalem!
    I do hope you find time to watch the link to Amos Oz. I commend it to other readers of your website too.
    Best wishes,
    Rosemary Somers

  22. jonathanfryer said

    Thanks Rosemary. Yes, Amos Oz is a great and thought-provoking writer. I appreciate receiving this specific link.

    Best wishes,


  23. Eric said

    AHEC, Forest Community Centre, 33 Clyde Place, Leyton, London, E10 5AS
    Tel: 020 8558 6811 Fax: 020 8558 6811 Email:

    10th May 2012

    Historic Olympics Project

    We write to invite you to at the launch of our historic Olympics Project at Leyton Library, next to Leyton Town Hall, on Friday 25th May at 4.00pm.

    The Past Project exhibition will be officially opened by quiz guru and TV personality Shaun Wallace, winner of BBC TV’s Mastermind and currently featuring in ITV’s The Chase. We hope to have other celebrities with us too.

    Earlier this year we invited Caribbean, Ghanaian and Nigerian residents living in East London since the early 1950’s to take part in the PAST project. They were asked to share their memories of that time in order to preserve the heritage of people who worked and lived in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

    We can all see that the face of the area is changing more now than at any other time, particularly due to the Olympics. The project has worked to preserve the memories of people from these communities for future generations.

    These memories have been documented and archived and now form a London wide touring exhibition of the PAST project, to be seen alongside the London 2012 Olympic Games, so that everyone can enjoy the experience.

    Prominent people interviewed include Olympic athlete Christine Ohurougu MBE, Diane Abbot MP and Lord Paul Boateng, who talk of the changes they have experienced in their local areas over the years and the importance their backgrounds and family values play in their lives. We hope they will join us for the launch.

    This project is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Voluntary Action Waltham Forest, London Borough of Waltham Forest and the Royal Geographical Society (IBG).

    AHEC works with people of all ages and backgrounds to promote positive images and understanding of African culture, its heritage and traditions. We run workshops and projects in local communities helping to create a more integrated society.

    We enclose your invitation and we do hope you will join us. Please email or call 020 8558 6811 to confirm you are coming.

    Yours sincerely

    Christine Borsah
    African Heritage Educational Centre

  24. Hello Jonathan
    Thanks for the blog about the Bethnal Green memorial. The plinth is now erected and we are fundraising to pay for the “stairway”. You can find us on and @bethnalmemorial
    We appreciate any publicity and help available to meet the deadline of 3rd March 2013, the 70th anniversary of the disaster.

  25. […] journalist and politician Jonathan Fryer explained his belief that each individual in society has a duty to be a responsible citizen given […]

  26. Kathy Mitchell (Grey - Hughes) said

    I was at school with your step sister in North Wales and would very much like to contact her again.Please could you help me with this.

  27. […] (Labour Party MEP candidate for London) Mr Haroon Saad (Green Party MEP candidate for London) Mr Jonathan Fryer (LibDem MEP candidate for London) Mr Ben Harris-Quinney (Representative of the Conservative Party-Chairman of the think tank […]

  28. Hi – our paths crossed in 1983 when we were both candidates for Chelsea against Nick Scott. Someone asked me about you and I looked you up on Wikipedia and here – your’ve had an impressive career. I’ve been in and out of politics since as well ( , and am currently a candidate again for marginal Broxtowe. Just thought I’d say hello – we long-term political people hsve more in common than many apparent soul-mates who flit in and out of our parties. To be honest I can only just remember you, but I had a good impression, even if Nick Scott wasn’t going to be shifted – especially not in 1983. My objective was the humble one of keeping our deposit, which we just managed.
    Cheers, Nick []

  29. Gisèle said

    It is not a comment. Just want to contact Mr Fryer in relation to Edith de Born who was my relative.

  30. Sirine Sadeddin said

    I recently came across the book you wrote on the history of KOC. I am interested to exchange further and get some insight on the history.
    Please let me know how I can reach you.

    Best Regards,

  31. Hello Jonathan

    I hope this finds you well.

    I recently self-published my book and I was wondering if you’d be interested in reading it or potentially reviewing it… It’s mostly about gay Eastern European immigrants in London. I lived in Tower Hamlets too. 😉 It’s called Cheap Eastern European Boys. I really liked your review of Call Me By Your Name.

    Take care.


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