NEWS (For Jonathan's sermons please go to the sermons page)
11 February 2021 Letter to The Times in response to the Government's announcement of a 10 year prison sentence for arrivals who do not quarantine from red list countries
(Photograph by Christopher Pledger)
2 February Jonathan was invited to be the Priest at Ronald Groves's Funeral a fellow former inmate and gave this address
Defendants are stuck behind bars at Pentonville, says politician-turned-chaplain who served time for perjury
22 January, 2021 — By Calum Fraser
15 January 2021 Letter to The Times
13 January 2021 Jonathan gave a moving address at Lady Margaret Tebbit's funeral at Bury St Edmundsbury Cathedral
December 2020 Jonathan had a busy Advent despite carol services being held virtually. Please see Sermons page.
11 October 2020 Jonathan appeared on Songs of Praise for Prisons Week. Watch him talking about life: 'From Prison to the Pulpit' with Pam Rhodes Here
More Christ Church related news:
30 May 2020 Sebastian Shakespeare wrote in the Daily Mail Eden Confidential about Jonathan's Covid-19 related heart attack
Jonathan talks about his Great Uncle Lord Beaverbrook in this month's Oldie Magazine "I Once Met"
Elizabeth Harris's brother Lord Ogmore sadly died on 2 May 2020. Jonathan was the Priest and gave this address
Damian read from Elizabeth's wonderful autobiography Love, Honour and Dismay which I cannot recommend enough. Copies can still be found on Amazon and Ebay
Jonathan's letter to The Times on 20 April 2020 in response to Matthew Parris's excellent article about failure
April 17 2020 Read Jonathan's article on his experience of overcoming Covid-19 and dealing with Isolation for UnHerd What Belmarsh taught me about lockdown
5 April Jonathan was interviewed by Radio 4 for Broadcasting House on his Great Uncle Lord Beaverbrook - you can hear it at 45:10 and describes how we need a 'can do' man like this now to take control during this crisis of PPE and ventilator production. Lord Beaverbrook was given a special post by Churchill to increase the production of fighter airplanes by a production line which included the famous line broadcast across the country to housewives to give him their 'Saucepans for Spitfires'. Had this not happened the Battle of Britain may not have been won.
3 March 2020 to read the latest on the Christ Church the drama which gets curiouser and curiouser please see page 17 of The Times which you can read here. Here is Jonathan's Letter to The Times
February 29 read Andrew Billen's explosive story about the Christ Church scandal which appeared in Saturday's The Times Magazine
16 February 2020
Jonathan appeared on Radio 3 as a guest of Michael Berkeley on Private Passions. You can hear it here
1 George Frideric Handel Ev'ry Valley (Messiah)
2 Traditional Irish The Garden where the praties grow
3 Benjamin Britten Sammy's bath (The little sweep)
4 Richard Wagner Entry of the Gods into Valhalla (Das Rheingold)
5 Ludwig van Beethoven O welche Lust (Fidelio)
6 Joseph Barnby Psalm 24
7 Arthur Sullivan When I was a lad (HMS Pinafore)
8 George Frideric Handel All we like sheep (Messiah)
Jonathan worked at HMP Pentonville as a prison chaplain every day over Christmas. Patrick Kidd wrote about it for The Spectator
Jonathan Aitken visits various disparate venues from Brixton Prison to The Old Bailey on a whirlwind of Carol Services this December and writes about it for the Daily Mail: O, Come, All Ye Convicts.....
4 December 2019
Jonathan appeared with Jane Wenham-Jones at the Broadstairs Literary Festival
18 October 2019
Jonathan Aitken's complaint to the Charity Commission is covered in this article Financial Times investigation slams Christ Church as “virtually ungovernable”
13 October 2019
17 October 2019
7 October 2019
Jonathan was busy during Prisons Week 13-19 October 2019 (please see Sermons page).
18 September 2019 A Letter to The Times 'Broken Prison System and rehabilitation'
READ ALL ABOUT JONATHAN'S FIRST MASS AT BOTH ST MATTHEW'S WESTMINSTER AND HMP PENTONVILLE IN PATRICK KIDD'S ARTICLE FOR THE TIMES
YOU CAN READ THE SERMON HE PREACHED TO THE PRISONERS AT HMP PENTONVILLE HERE
JONATHAN WAS ORDAINED TO THE PRIESTHOOD ON SUNDAY 30 JUNE 2019 AT ST MARY'S STOKE NEWINGTON BY BISHOP SARAH MULLALLY. JONATHAN WILL BE PREACHING HIS FIRST MASS AT ST MATTHEW'S CHURCH WESTMINSTER ON FRIDAY JULY 12 2019
Apologies for the lack of updates on the website but Jonathan has been very busy of late. You may have seen him appear recently in the excellent five part BBC Margaret Thatcher documentary available on the BBC iPlayer available for the next 11 months Thatcher: A Very British Revolution
In future I will be posting Jonathan's sermons on the sermons page
June 8 2019
Get Prisoners to tidy up churchyards writes Jonathan in The Times
27 April 2019
'No! No! No!': What Margaret Thatcher's message would be to those trying to overturn Brexit 40 years after she became PM, according to her former confidant JONATHAN AITKEN writes in the Mail on Sunday
2 April 2019
Jonathan talks to Alan Rusbridger about life in prison on BBC Radio 4's One to One
24 March 2019
Jonathan went back to Eton to preach. You can read his sermon here
5 February 2019
'Let Margaret Thatcher have her statue!" Jonathan debates on Good Morning Britain on ITV with George Galloway
Jonathan preached at St Matthew's Westminster on Sunday 27 January 2019
Read it HERE
21 December 2018 JONATHAN AITKEN wrote for the Daily Mail: Christmas has never before been such a joyful season in my life. ...
18 December Jonathan gave a sermon at the FCO. You can read it here.
On Sunday 16 December at 10am -11am Jonathan can be heard on BBC Radio Scotland tune in to hear this extensive interview of Jonathan's new life as a Curate and Prison Chaplain.
On Thursday 13 December Jonathan will be addressing New Bridge Carol Service at St George's Hanover Square buy tickets here
On Saturday 8 December Jonathan wrote "Why Politicians Need our Prayers" for The Times Credo Column (click to read)
Jonathan preached at St Matthew's for the First Advent on 2 December 2018. To read his sermon click here
29 November 2018 Inside Time Noel Smith interviewed Jonathan Hope and Second Chances
Jonathan preached at St Matthew's on Sunday 16 September to read his sermon click here
11 November 2018 Jonathan preached at St Matthew's for Remembrance Sunday
Letter to The Times 11 September - let prisoners have mobile phones in their cells
To read Jonathan's latest sermon on 26 August at St Matthew's click here
1 July 2018 Jonathan's first Sermon at St Matthew's to read click here
MORE PRESS AUGUST 2018
Jonathan has announced that he is to be ordained at St Paul's Cathedral on June 30 2018 to be a part time non-stipendiary Prison Chaplain
Sunday June 3
Monday June 5
Saturday 9 June
Jonathan will be heard on Radio 5 Live on 29 March on The Emma Barnett Show The Eye of the Storm at 12.30pm
Jonathan will be appearing in Hartley Wintney on Friday 23 March
Jonathan talked to LBC Radio on the topic "Would incentives such as more contact with family tackle violence in prisons" talking about David Gauke's speech on 6 March 2018
Jonathan speaks at 7:10 minutes in
Letter to The Times on February 17
Jonathan spoke with Alan Rusbridger at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford on Saturday 27 January 2018
3 January 2018 Should criminals be able to avoid jail time by saying sorry?
Jonathan appears on to watch click here: Good Morning Britain
1 January 2018 Letter to The Times
On 3 December Jonathan preached at St Matthew's. Click here for his sermon on Advent.
On 5 October 2017 Jonathan addresses Prison Chaplains from all over London at Prison Chaplain's Conference please click here for his speech
14 SEPTEMBER 2017
Jonathan appears on BBC Breakfast News:
Ahead of the launch of Centre for Social Justice's new publication 'What Happened to the Rehabiltation Revolution' written with John Samuels QC. You can read the full PDF report here.
Also other press related to the report:
Jonathan will be talking to Radio Shropshire this afternoon around 4.45pm today on BBC Radio WM with Paul Franks http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioshropshire
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Jonathan Aitken writes for new website UnHerd
The soaring suicide and self-harming rates in our prisons are reaching crisis levels. Last week’s National Audit Office report confirmed this: in 2016 there were a record 120 self-inflicted prison deaths – a doubling of the number within four years – and more than 40,000 self-harm incidents in English and Welsh prisons. Overstretched staff are simply unable to cope with the extra suicide prevention measures that are needed.
9 April 2017 Kazakh Ambassador Erlan Idrissov hands over medal to British writer Jonathan Aitken
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19 February 2017 SKY NEWS Jonathan reacts to the news about instant pay rise for prison guards...
The announcement came as ex-prisoner and former cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken blamed "swingeing and unjustified" cuts for the prisons crisis.
He praised Ms Truss for facing up to the "grim realities" of the situation after predecessors Michael Gove, Chris Grayling and Ken Clarke "agreed to" cuts that they "should never have allowed".
Mr Aitken, who was jailed for perjury in 1999, told BBC Radio 4: "There are no votes in prisons or prisoners' rights or prison welfare so, of course, cuts are easy to make there without causing voter disquiet.
"We need a bit of a re-think about how public expenditure priorities are decided and we're not getting that right at the moment."
14 February 2017 Ruth Gledhill Editor of Christian Today reports: Jonathan Aitken, the former Conservative Cabinet minister who served time in jail for perjury, has accused the prison service of being guilty of 'institutional secularism'.
"We need a bit of a re-think about how public expenditure priorities are decided and we’re not getting that right at the moment".
February 2017 click here to read Second chances Retired prison officers offer new time opportunities for prisoners who want change Inside Time February 2017
January 20 2017 Donald Trump will be our No 1 ally - and Brexit will be our bond appeared in The Daily Mail click here for link
3pm Sunday January 8 2017 Jonathan preached at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (Please click Next Appearances for other events where Jonathan is speaking in 2017). To read his sermon please click here.
Wednesday 14 December The Personality of President Nazarbayev appeared in The Astana Times
Sunday 11 December Jonathan preached at HTB Courtfield Gardens for Advent 3 Matthew 11:2-11. To read his sermon click here.
Thursday 24 November Fine Cell Work invited Jonathan to talk at their event celebrating the needlework and embroidery of prisoners at Crossway House, Suffolk. The evening raised £26,000. The prisoners' work is beautiful and there is a January sale on right now. Thank you to Miranda and William Kendall, April Birtwistle and Victoria Gillies and all the other people involved in this charity. Click here for Fine Cell Work website to buy and for more information. The money helps the prisoners enormously not only in a monetary sense but also a sense of worth upon release.
Wednesday November 23 Ambassador Farage may not be so daft an idea appeared in The Daily Mail
Friday 4 November Jonathan write a letter to The Times
Saturday 8 October Jonathan gave a talk in Uganda at the National Prayer Breakfast, Kampala, on the subject "You will know them by their fruits" Matthew 7 v. 15-20
Sunday 25 September Jonathan gave talks to Alpha at Lee Hall Wolfson College Cambridge followed by another at Kingsgate Community Church Peterborough
On Thursday 19 May Jonathan will be returning to his ancestral roots and will speak at the Canadian National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa.
Jonathan delivered a fascinating sermon on the Walk to Emmaus on Sunday April 3 at HTB Courtfield Gardens. For a transcription of it here please click here
12 December 2015
The Times and Inside Time featured a collaborative article written by Jonathan and Denis MacShane Gove must bang judges’ heads together
6 December 2015
26 November 2015
22 November 2015
18 October 2015
Sunday 6 September 2015
St Augustine's Church, Queensgate, London SW7
Sunday 2 August 2015
19 July 2015
11 July 2015
The Spectator Book Review
The Book of the People: How to Read the Bible A.N. Wilson
14 June 2015
I lost it all .....
A part of his story ....
Alan Rusbridger's life in the headlines please click here for the short film:
Read Jonathan Aitken's review of Eliza Filby's God and Mrs Thatcher: The Fight For Britain's Soul Daily Mail 7 May 2015
June's Inside Time The Mentors are coming! In conjuction with CFEO here is Jonathan's report on the evening 'CFEO -A Call to Action' at St Augustine's Church to recruit mentors on Monday May 11 2015. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor please contact Sophie Giles on
To read the report please click:
19 May 2015 Jonathan wrote in the International New York Times about Kazakstan's Presidential Election and Nursultan Nazarbayev's victory. Please click for the copy scanned below:
On Sunday 10 May 2015 Jonathan gave a Sermon for St Jude's Church, Courtfield Gardens SW7 based on reading John 15: 9-17
The New Parliament - What Now Should We Pray For? Please click HERE for transcribe
Nazarbayev and Kazakh election: An interview with Nazarbayev biographer by James Willsher April 1 2015 in the Times of Central Asia
To read the interview with Jonathan Aitken please click here
Former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken backs ex-inmate's concept to open car wash staffed by prisoners at Hollesley Bay
26 February 2015 by Colin Adwent East Anglian Daily Times click here
Jonathan Aitken opened Gloucestershire’s new £12.4 million Custody Suite at the invitation of the County’s Police Commissioner Martin Surl on January 14 2015.
For his speech click here
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Jonathan Aitken told Good Morning Britain that convicted rapist Ched Evans should be free to return to professional football on 6 January 2015. Click here to watch it:
The Sunday People published Sunday 14 December 2014
Mail on Sunday 30 November 2014
Daily Mail 11 November 2014
Caught on tape, the day Ronald Reagan turned on the charm to avoid a Maggie handbagging: Secret White House tape recordings reveal his apology to furious Thatcher over America’s 1983 invasion of Grenada
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2829382/Caught-tape-day-Ronald-Reagan-turned-charm-avoid-Maggie-handbagging-Secret-White-House-tape-recordings-reveal-apology-furious-Thatcher-America-s-1983-invasion-Grenada.html#ixzz3Il0gVQre
3 November 2014
Please click here for article in November's issue of Standpoint Magazine about prison reform:
Jonathan's letter to the Guardian 23 October 2014
Jonathan is now on the road to full recovery. He will be making many appearances in the next few months so please check out Future Speaking Engagments Page.
There are various things in the pipeline and even rumours such as what appeared on the front page of the Sunday Times on September 7.
Daily Mail 22 July 2014
Jonathan wishes to thank everyone for their messages of support and prayers and hopes to be back on his feet for September
Evening Standard 8th July 2014
Jonathan writes about how Rolf Harris and Andy Coulson can make prison a good experience if they can accept their guilt and act positively :
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Daily Telegraph Saturday July 5 2014
Jonathan wrote an open letter to Andy Coulson:
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Daily Mail Saturday June 28 2014
How an NHS surgeon's genius and prayers from Wormwood Scrubs saved my wife from death :
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Good Morning Britain:
Jonathan appeared on the morning of 21st May 2014
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The One Show
Jonathan will be appearing on the One Show at 7pm on BBC1 on Tuesday May 13th talking about 'Amazing Grace'.
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On April 22nd, 2014 Jonathan wrote a report for The Centre for Social Justice called 'Meaningful Mentoring'.
Click on the link to read it: