Mary Ann Sieghart

Mary Ann Sieghart has been writing about politics since the mid-1980s. After stints at the FT and Today newspaper, she joined The Economist in 1986 as Political Correspondent. In 1988, she moved to become Assistant Editor of The Times, where she spent 19 years, editing the Comment and Arts pages and writing political leaders and columns. She has presented TV programmes such as The Brains Trust and The World This Week and radio programmes such as Profile, The Week in Westminster and Newshour. As well as her Independent column, she also sits on the Council of Tate Modern, is an equity partner in The Browser website and chairs the Social Market Foundation think tank.

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Mary Ann Sieghart: How to change the shape of the establishment in one generation

Children at grammar schools learn faster, in an atmosphere in which excellence is treasured

Mary Ann Sieghart: Get new fathers to stay at home with the baby and we all gain

We'll know equality has arrived when we ask a man 'what will you do after the baby is born?'

Mary Ann Sieghart: So Boris Johnson is more popular than David Cameron. But he won't make PM

Conservative MPs wondering how they can replace their leader with the Mayor can sober up

Mary Ann Sieghart: We need more independents to break the stranglehold

Over the past few decades we’ve become much less tribal in our allegiances, willing to judge each election on its merits

Mary Ann Sieghart: Clegg needs to find an exit route from Lords reform

It’s not as if the Lords perform badly. They have been doing a fine job recently

Mary Ann Sieghart: How dodgy postal votes may decide our next government

One of the biggest problems with postal votes is that they don't guarantee you a secret ballot

Under attack: Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone

Mary Ann Sieghart: Judge women on their ability – not on their age or their looks

When young they are patronised, when at their peak of maturity they are deemed to be past it

Mary Ann Sieghart: Labour's wrong if it thinks it's time for a shift to the left

If Labour had been less arrogant and complacent in Bradford West, it could have won

Mary Ann Sieghart: Is 50p a year really too much to end this corruption?

81 per cent of us believe people give money to parties in the hope of favours or special access

Mary Ann Sieghart: The more leaks, the better the discussion

Tax proposals should be scrutinised, tested and challenged before they are put into law, not after

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