Giles Dilnot, roving reporter - he's out there somewhere
Giles Dilnot travels the country with The Daily Politics team to find out what everyone's talking about, and get politicians listening.
Giles Dilnot was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1971 but grew up in Leeds, Kent, where his father was vicar.
Following work experience in locations as far flung as Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Zimbabwe, Giles graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1993 to work at Chiltern Radio and at Coventry's Mercia FM radio station.
Getting worked up
Reporting, producing and presenting at the former BBC GLR followed (he was Fi Glover's producer for a while) before Giles headed south to become drivetime, and occasional breakfast, presenter for BBC Southern Counties Radio in Guildford, moving on to the TV launch team of BBC South East Today in 2001 and becoming co-presenter a year later.
Since November 2004, he has been touring the country for BBC2's The Daily Politics, finding out which issues get the British public most worked up. He also pops up on The Politics Show on BBC1 and can even be seen on BBC Breakfast, usually doing something unexpected !
On Fridays, he presents Top Of The Political Pops - the chart of which political stories you've been reading on BBC News Online.
Coco and cocktails
Married, with two young daughters and a water spaniel called Coco, Giles enjoys collecting rare thrillers, travelling, cocktails, and shoes. He is the Imelda Marcos of political journalism.
He has a particular passion for the South African Bush, where he has worked in conservation, and Thailand, where his family lived for many years.