As after dinner speakers go, former deputy chair of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Suzanne Evans is the perfect choice for any event where the audience wants to be challenged, entertained and informed in equal measures. Evans was already well-known as a political speaker before she was suspended from the party in 2016 for her disagreement with a UKIP candidate who she said was anti-gay and anti-LGBT. The party prohibits any criticism of fellow party members but Suzanne Evans – who party leader Nigel Farage said gave UKIP a good look – felt so strongly about the issue that she had to exercise her right to free speech.
She challenged the subsequent suspension in court and said she was dropped because of her rapid growth in popularity within the party. However, her claim failed. Since then, the after dinner speaker has shared her expertise and been outspoken on several occasions, making her ideal for such shows as Question Time and for being called into television and radio studios to give her opinion on key political issues of the day. She also set up her own business, Suzanne Evans Communications, offering PR and marketing services.
Still considering running for UKIP leader if Nigel Farage stands down again, former journalist and Conservative councillor Suzanne Evans is an excellent political speaker who holds the attention of any room and has the undeniable talent to amuse, inspire and educate all at the same time.