Toby Young

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(Journalist)
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BornToby Daniel Moorsom Young
17 October 1963
Buckinghamshire, UK
NationalityBritish
Alma materBrasenose College, Oxford, Trinity College (Cambridge), Harvard University
Children4
SpouseCaroline Bondy
PartyConservative

Employment.png Former Member of the Board

In office
2 January 2018 - 9 January 2018
EmployerOffice for Students

Employment.png Member of the Board of the Office for Students

In office
2 January 2018 - 9 January 2018

Toby Young[1] (born 17 October 1963) is a British journalist and Director of the New Schools Network, a free schools charity.

Young is the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, an account of his "stint" in New York as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine, and a columnist at The Spectator. He served as a judge in seasons five and six of the television show Top Chef[2] and co-founded the West London Free School.[3]

In early January 2018, Young was announced as a non-executive Director on the board of the Office for Students. He resigned from the OfS board on 9 January 2018.[4]

Toby Young describes himself as a Conservative.[5]

Social media

Toby Young has come under criticism for comments he made on Twitter, most of which were deleted upon his appointment to the Board of the Office for Students. Young claimed to have posted more than 56,000 tweets, of which 8,439 remain.[6]

These included what a London Evening Standard editorial called "an obsession with commenting on the anatomy of women in the public eye".[7] He referred on Twitter to the cleavage of unnamed female MPs sitting behind Ed Miliband in the Commons in 2011 and 2012. When later challenged by Stella Creasy on Newsnight he said of the second such incident: "It wasn’t my proudest moment".[8][9] Other remarks included homophobic slurs and a claim that George Clooney is gay.[10] He has expressed remorse for his "politically incorrect" tweets.[11]

Young is said to have personally edited his own Wikipedia page over 280 times in the last decade.[12][13]

Office for Students

Within days of his OfS appointment, a petition calling for the sacking of Toby Young had achieved over 200,000 signatures.[14]

Facebook critique

A critique of Toby Young appeared on ‘’Facebook’’:

”Clearly the man is a 54 year old going on 12! An immature prat who is still rebelling against his dead father, a sociologist and Labour peer (Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington).
“Toby did badly at school ( one 'O' level) and then found his way into Oxford University by mistake. He had poor 'A' level results and apparently failed an interview for a place. However, he received an acceptance letter by mistake. With a nudge to the university from daddy, he found his way in.
”He has failed at a number of ill-considered projects and now shows off how right-wing he is by insulting and denigrating people from a wide range of backgrounds - the working class in general; women and the disabled in particular.
”Is this the best candidate for overseeing students? He certainly meets the 'standard' set by other Tories in position of power.”[15]

Labour urges Young's removal

Shadow ministers Dawn Butler and Angela Rayner accused free schools advocate of misogyny in a letter addressed to Theresa May urging his removal from Office for Students:

“The virulence of Mr Young’s misogyny is disturbing; furthermore, he has offered no apology for his remarks,” they wrote. “Instead, Mr Young has said that it would be a ‘shame if people who have said controversial things in the past, or who hold heterodox opinions, are prohibited from serving on public bodies’.”

They said Young claimed to be a “supporter of women’s rights and LGBT rights” after coming under fire this week, but that his “historical comments beg to differ”.[16]

BBC on Twitter

On 9 January 2018, the BBC's Nick Robinson tweeted:

Toby Young's past has caught up with him. He has resigned from the board of the Office for Students after more than 200,000 people signed a petition calling for him to go.[17]

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References

  1. Wyllie, Alice (3 October 2008). "The master of foot-in-mouth syndrome – Toby Young interview". The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 January 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  2. "What's Cooking with Season 5 of Top Chef?" TV Guide. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  3. "What I Got Right and What I Got Wrong About Free Schools", Speech to the Marketing Society, 26 November 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  4. Adams, Richard (1 January 2018). "Toby Young to help lead government's new universities regulator". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 January 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  5. "In defence of Toby Young". Coffee House. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-01-04.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  6. Cowburn, Ashley (3 January 2018). "Toby Young deletes thousands of tweets amid row over his universities regulator appointment". The Independent. Retrieved 3 January 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  7. "Evening Standard comment: There's method behind Trump's Twitter war". London Evening Standard. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  8. Kentish, Ben (3 January 2018). "Labour demands Theresa May reverse Toby Young appointment due to his 'misogyny and homophobia'". The Independent. Retrieved 3 January 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  9. Belam, Martin (3 January 2018). "Toby Young quotes on breasts, eugenics and working-class people". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 January 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  10. "Government's new university watchdog appointee called lesbians 'hard-core dykes'". PinkNews. Retrieved 3 January 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  11. "Toby Young regrets 'politically incorrect' comments". BBC News. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  12. Booth, Robert (5 January 2018). "Why 'impulsive, vain' Toby Young wants us to take him seriously". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  13. "Toby Young Has Edited His Own Wikipedia Page More Than 200 Times in the Last Six Years". Political Scrapbook. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  14. “Sack Toby Young from University Watchdog Post”
  15. “A crisis and scandal hit Government and we are only 5 days into the New Year!”
  16. "Ditch Toby Young from watchdog board, top Labour figures tell May"
  17. "Toby Young's past has caught up with him"
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