28 Facts About Toby Young

1. Toby Young sent several tweets about the breasts of the US television host Padma Lakshmi, with whom he appeared on the US reality show Top Chef.

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2. Toby Young married Caroline Bondy in July 2001; the couple have four children.

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3. Toby Young was the lead proposer and co-founder of the West London Free School, the first free school to sign a funding agreement with the Education Secretary, and is a trustee of the charitable trust that sits above the school, having served as the CEO of the trust.

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4. Toby Young is the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, the tale of his stint in New York as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine, and a columnist at The Spectator.

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5. Toby Young is a British journalist and Director of the New Schools Network, a free schools charity.

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6. Toby Young was expelled from membership of the Club in late 2001 for writing about the cocaine use of his friends whom he had supplied with the drug during a photo shoot for Vanity Fair.

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7. Toby Young has admitted using illegal drugs—specifically taking cocaine at the Groucho Club in central London, and supplying drugs to others.

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8. Toby Young referred on Twitter to the cleavage of unnamed female MPs sitting behind Ed Miliband in the Commons in 2011 and 2012.

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9. Toby Young resigned from the position the next day, writing in The Spectator that his appointment had "become a distraction" counteracting the "vital work" of the OfS.

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10. Toby Young stood down as CEO of the school in May 2016 after admitting that he didn't realise how difficult it was going to be to run.

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11. Toby Young was a political columnist for The Sun on Sunday for its first 11 months.

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12. Toby Young is an associate editor of The Spectator, where he writes a weekly column, the editor of Spectator Life and a regular contributor to the Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph.

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13. Toby Young left school at 16 having failed all but one of his O-Levels, a C in English Literature, and worked under a Government Youth Training Scheme.

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14. Toby Young served as a judge in seasons five and six of the television show Top Chef and co-founded the West London Free School.

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15. Toby Young is currently the London associate editor at Quillette and has written for them since 2017.

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16. Toby Young has admitted using illegal drugs—specifically taking cocaine at the Groucho Club in central London, and supplying drugs to others.

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17. Toby Young is believed to have edited his own Wikipedia page 282 times in the last ten years.

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18. Toby Young claimed to have posted more than 56,000 tweets, of which 8,439 remain.

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19. 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.

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20. In 2015, Toby Young wrote an article for the Australian magazine Quadrant entitled "The fall of meritocracy".

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21. Toby Young was announced as one of the non-executive members of the board for the new Office for Students in January 2018, a body which is intended to ensure institutions in higher education are accountable.

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22. On 29 October 2016, Toby Young was appointed Director of the New Schools Network, a charity founded in 2009 to support groups setting up free schools.

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23. In 2012 Toby Young wrote an article in The Spectator criticising the emphasis on "inclusion" in state schools, saying that the word "inclusive" was "one of those ghastly, politically correct words that have survived the demise of New Labour.

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24. Toby Young was a proposer and co-founder of the West London Free School, the first free school to sign a funding agreement with the Education Secretary, and is a trustee of the charitable trust that manages the school.

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25. Toby Young moved to New York City shortly afterwards to work for Vanity Fair accepting an invitation from its editor, Graydon Carter.

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26. In 1991, Toby Young co-founded and co-edited the Modern Review with Julie Burchill and her then husband Cosmo Landesman.

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27. Toby 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.

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28. Toby Young asks if his father's dark prophesy is correct and whether the Brexit and Trump votes signal the death knell for the popular political vision of a modern meritocracy.

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