In an era when political debates are

toxic, simplified and sensationalised,

Backbench provides a space for reasoned

arguments and constructive disagreements. 

An antidote to the age of outrage.

Backbench is the largest open platform current affairs blog in the UK, covering domestic and international affairs.

Backbench is broadly tailored for people under the age of 30, but contributions are welcome from people of all ages.

The site is politically unaffiliated. We publish articles from across the political spectrum.

"Backbench has all the hallmarks of innovative journalism at its best."

Philip Geddes Prize for Journalism selection committee, Oxford University

Sam Bright

Founder and Director

Maheen Behrana

Editor

Charlotte Alt

Editor

Calum Henderson

Deputy Director

Ali Goldman

Editor

Martha McHardy

Editor

Natasha Livingstone

Deputy Director

Lilian Fawcett

Editor

Faye Suarez

Editor

Daniel Clark

Editor-in-Chief

Lauren White

Editor

Tom Mitchell

Editor

Tom Westgarth

Editor

Mihir Joshi

Podcast Editor