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Jackie Ashley : biography

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Jacqueline Ashley (born 10 September 1954) is a British journalist and broadcaster.http://www.debretts.co.uk/people/biographies/browse/a/17574/Jackie+ASHLEY.aspx

Ashley is the daughter of Jack Ashley, Baron Ashley of Stoke, a former life peer and Labour MP. Her mother was Pauline Kay Ashley née Crispin (1932–2003). She was educated at Rosebery Grammar School for girls, Epsom, Surrey and St Anne's College, Oxford, where she studied PPE and was a member of the Oxford University Broadcasting Society.

Since then, she has been a television news reporter and newspaper journalist, writing for the New Statesman and The Guardian. She specializes in the Labour Party, the media, politics, public services, trade unions and women's issues. She was broadly a supporter of Gordon Brown's government.

Jackie Ashley married fellow journalist Andrew Marr in Surrey in 1987; they live in west London. The couple have a son and two daughters.


  • 1979–1981 — BBC trainee
  • 1981–1984 — Producer and newsreader on Newsnight
  • 1984–1986 — Reporter on TV-am, producer and reporter on Channel 4
  • 1986–1999 — Political correspondent with ITN
  • 2000–2002 — Political editor, New Statesman
  • 2002–present — Columnist and political interviewer, The Guardian
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