About Edward

A best-selling author, an investigative journalist and a world-famous security expert, Edward's a proud Londoner who studied at LSE in the early 1980s, swims year-round in the Serpentine and rides his bike everywhere. He’s married to Cristina Odone, a charity founder and family-policy expert. They have three grown-up children and live in central London.

Fighting for truth and justice

Edward cares about democracy because he's lived under dictatorship. As a foreign correspondent behind the Iron Curtain, he was beaten up, interrogated, arrested and deported. He spent decades working for The Economist, the world’s leading newsweekly.

Now he's a columnist for the Times, writing about security, geopolitics, energy and espionage. He also advises a think-tank in Washington. Edward’s written five books, and has given evidence to Parliament and the US Congress.


On large issues and small,
Edward gets things done

  • He exposed secret government blacklists that penalised experts for their political views, and got ministers to back down.
  • He won an apology from the Metropolitan Police for their mistreatment of a pro-democracy demonstrator.
  • He arranged for BT to remove a phone box being used by sex-traffickers to harass women in a homelessness shelter.
  • And much more — check out our campaigns page for more details

A strong voice with campaigning clout

Only Edward has the strong voice and campaigning clout that we need to represent us in Parliament.

Edward will stand up against the tide of dirty money that is rotting our democracy,. He will stick up for young people who are paying the heaviest price for our economic failure. He will push at all levels for a speedy move to our net-zero future, safeguarding the planet for future generations.

What brought edward into POlitics?

When Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee started investigating Russian influence in Britain back in 2018, its first witness was Edward Lucas — this country’s leading expert on Kremlin mischief-making. But when the committee named Russian dirty money as a threat to our political system Boris Johnson blocked its report and tried to nobble its members.

That was the last straw, says Edward. “I felt I was witnessing a coup.” Edward worked for Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown back in the 1980s. After 40 years away from active politics, he’s given up his job to campaign full-time.

Spring Clean now!

Central London is a wonderful place to live — trouble is, the worst people in the world think so too. Ill-gotten gains slosh through our property market and our financial system, protected by hotshot lawyers wielding libel writs. We all lose out from this, whether it’s living next to anonymously owned property or in hollowed-out communities, or from decision-making and media coverage skewed by uncounted. unaccountable wealth. “I don’t want to live in a country run by the dodgy rich, for the dodgy rich,” says Edward.

Edward knows this world backwards. He ran the defence in a landmark libel case involving a top Kremlin crony. he’s campaigned for years for transparency, holding the banks and tech giants to account for their collusion with scams large and small. Whether it’s Westminster Council playing whack-a-mole with the “candy stores” in Oxford street, the police failing to tackle the epidemic of online fraud, or the government allowing anonymously-owned companies off the hook — Edward’s on the case.

Back to europe

Brexit has hurt trade, investment and productivity: that hits jobs, wages and living standards. But the Conservatives still insist it’s working, while Labour’s afraid to tell the truth. Edward Lucas and the Lib Dems say it loud and clear: we need to get back to Europe as far and as fast as we can. We must push the next government hard, first fixing the problems that nobody voted for like visa hassles for musicians, and roaming charges, and then building momentum for a return to the Single Market.

“There’s a great opportunity for Britain now” says Edward. “Europe urgently needs our help on defence, security and intelligence—that gives us leverage on other issues."