Christian Wolmar is an award-winning writer and broadcaster specialising in transport and is the author of a series of books on railway history. He was the unsuccessful candidate for Labour in the December 2016 Richmond Park and North Kingston by-election.
In 2012 he launched a campaign to be the Labour candidate for the 2016 London mayoral election and after speaking at nearly 100 events, he reached the shortlist and eventually in September 2015 came 5th out of six candidates, with nearly 5,000 votes, 5.6 per cent of the total. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and railway events and regularly appears on TV and radio. In 2011 he was the captain of the Warwick team of graduates in Christmas University Challenge, which reached the final of the competition.
He has spent nearly all of his working life as a journalist, and his interest in transport began at The Independent when he was appointed transport correspondent in 1992. Although he mainly concentrates on transport matters, he has covered many other social policy issues and has written on a wide range of subjects, from cricket to the Private Finance Initiative.
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