Profile: Lesley Riddoch

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Lesley Riddoch is a newspaper columnist, independence campaigner, land reform activist and expert on the Nordic countries.

In 2018 she made films about the Faroes, Iceland and Norway with filmmaker Al McMaster and another with Charlie Stuart in 2020 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Lesley has been Director of the policy group since 2010 and has just completed a PhD comparing Scotland and Norway. She has published three books with Luath Press – Blossom, Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides and McSmorgasbord – with the latest due out in August - Huts: A Place Beyond.

She was a trustee of the Isle of Eigg Trust leading to its community buyout in 1997 and an award-winning broadcaster on Radio Scotland, Radio 4, BBC 2 and Channel Four. She records a weekly podcast with Dundonian Pat Joyce available on

Latest articles from Lesley Riddoch

Scottish Tory leader is without doubt the most inauthentic, wooden Scottish party head of recent times ... yet he’s the candidate Union supporters are backing
German Nina Jetter and Italian Andre Pisaro have been working behind the scenes
No party but Nicola Sturgeon's SNP is even pretending it can win the election on May 6
Lesley Riddoch looks at the issues around the Scottish Tory manifesto and their arrogance towards Scottish voters
TV clashes carry more weight in this election campaign given the limited canvassing and campaigning due to the Covid pandemic
Lesley Riddoch dives into two reports on the Westminster Government's approach to Scotland
Alex Salmond’s certainty can often come across as cockiness
Lesley Riddoch looks at Willie Rennie's plans to modernise Holyrood in her latest video column
The BBC's debate on Tuesday gave Yessers an immediate reason to change channel due to the poorly planned programme and carefully picked audience
Lesley Riddoch: Why BBC were the real losers at Scottish leaders' debate