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NEWS  (For Jonathan's sermons please go to the sermons page)



Sunday 3 September Jonathan appeared on Sky News for the new 'Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips:

On August 5 Jonathan commends The Times on their splendid reporting on The Ashes

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28 July in "Lives Remembered' The Times Jonathan remembers Lady Jane Williams mother of the Archbishop of Canterbury and longest surviving secretary to Winston Churchill

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Saturday 10 June Jonathan gave this speech at the Saïd Foundation Annual Lunch


14 March 2023 Jonathan wrote a piece on John Newton for Seen & Unseen a new website that provides Christian perspectives on just about anything as part of +Graham Tomlin's new Centre for Cultural Witness launching on Tuesday 28 April 

17 February 2023 Ben Virgo invited Jonathan to take part in a Podcast for Christian Heritage London -watch here


15 November 2022  Letters to The Editor of The Times Alan Rusbridger and Jonathan Aitken ask for accountability at Christ Church 

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November 2022 The Late Elizabeth Harris appears on Sky Arts in Adrian Sibley's documentary: 'The Ghost of Richard Harris' along with Jonathan's stepsons Damian, Jared and Jamie Harris


1 October 2022 Jonathan wrote an article in Saturday's Credo column in The Times about his inspirational friend Mick May who died after a long battle with cancer.

25 September 2022 Jonathan appeared on Mark Dolan Tonight talking about his life


It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Jonathan's wife Elizabeth Harris who died aged 85 peacefully at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Good Friday.  Jonathan and the Harris family have been overwhelmed with gratitude for all the letters, emails and messages of condolences.  Thank you.

Elizabeth's funeral was held at St Matthew's Westminster on Tuesday 3 May two days after what would have been her 86th Birthday.  For the beautiful Order of Service please click on the photograph:

A wonderful Obituary appeared in The Times thanks to Valerie Grove and Damian Arnold

And The Telegraph

Daily Mail 18 April 2022 Socialite Elizabeth Harris Aitken, who was married four times including to Tory cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, his cousin Peter and acting legends Richard Harris and Sir Rex Harrison, has died aged 85

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Some advice for Boris Becker....."First Day is the Worst Day of your Life" GBNews 


The Lecture, accompanied by eighty nine slides, was a fascinating historical insight into Eton during the period 1956-1961. 


Talking about his contemporaries, teachers and how Eton prepared him for his own rollercoaster life can be read here.

Christ Church and Dean Martyn Percy and the piecing together of the true story. More coming soon...


Jonathan's letter to The Tablet 19 February 2022

Angela Tibury's excellent article in The Tablet 5 February 2022

Daily Mail Friday February 22 2022

Private Eye 18 February 2022

Letter to The Times 8 February 2022


Letter to The Times December 18 2021





7 December 2021  Jonathan remembers the kindness of Sir Frank Williams in The Times 

November 21 2021 Jonathan took part in celebrations to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the UAE at NYU Abu Dhabi.  Thanks to Oxford Cyber Academy for organising this Conference.  Read about the fascinating history and the talk Jonathan gave on the founding of the UAE here.


22 October 2021 Jonathan's new book written with Edward Smyth Doing Time: A Spiritual Survival Guide for prisoners and prisoners families has been published by Lion Hudson and can be bought on Amazon and other bookshops



Former Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, 78, is brought back from the brink of death by a 'medical miracle' after induced coma

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Jonathan and Dan Brown talked to Ben Luke about art in prisons as part of Healing Arts London Artists' House Calls

Sunday March 14 Listen to Jonathan was interviewed as part of Radio 4's Sunday programme this Sunday 7.10- 8am with Edward Stourton LISTEN HERE

St Martin's Challenge- Jonathan joins us to talk about his work as a chaplain in HMP Pentonville amid the COVID pandemic. Shout outs to Tempus Novo and Prison Fellowship of England and Wales. - LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE

Friday 5 March The Tablet published this week Jonathan's excellent article:

Light inside: How the pandemic made HMP Pentonville safer, cleaner and more humane

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

1 February 2021 Jonathan Aitken demands ‘root and branch reform’ of Church of England’s 'culture of secrecy' writes Gabriella Swerling


2 February Jonathan was invited to be the Priest at Ronald Groves's Funeral a fellow former inmate and gave this address 

1 February Letter to The Telegraph


Ex-minister Jonathan Aitken: ‘End long waits for justice’

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:

High noon at high table: Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, refuses to resign in bitter dispute over claims he was a 'little Hitler' who complained about his £90,000 salary

Tuesday 2 June 2020 The Telegraph Exclusive: Oxford Dean victim of 'abhorrent and wholly unjustified' campaign, faith leaders and academics claim



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


Elizabeth Harris Aitken celebrated her 84th Birthday on 1 May 2020 with a Zoom Birthday Birthday Party with Jared, Jamie, Damian and Ella Harris ring in from LA

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.

23 March 2020 Jonathan and Alan Rusbridger's article on why the Charity Commission must resolve the Christ Church dispute

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 

23 December

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 wrote a letter to The Times "Islamists and rehab"

5 November 2019

Jonathan appeared with Jane Wenham-Jones at the Broadstairs Literary Festival 

The Isle of Thanet News Full house for Thanet MP turned prisoner then Reverend, Jonathan Aitken

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”

Related articles: Dons argue that the Percy judgement should stay secret

Former Cabinet minister urges regulator to intervene in Oxford college case

13 October 2019


Inside Time reports on Law Sunday Service with Jonathan Aitken on Sunday 13 October 


17 October 2019

Daily Mail: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Ex-inmate and Tory Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken performs his first ever funeral for his Eton friend as he serves as an unpaid prison chaplain

7 October 2019


The Northern Echo Jonathan Aitken to preach at service marking the 200th anniversary of HMP Durham

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'






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

July IMB Magazine


- read Jonathan's fascinating account of life back inside prison as he describes his work as a prison chaplain at HMP Pentonville for IMB Magazine

June 8 2019


Get Prisoners to tidy up churchyards writes Jonathan in The Times

2 June 2019 I'd rather be back in jail with Noel the Razor than sit with the second-raters in today's House of Commons, writes JONATHAN AITKEN in the Mail on Sunday

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



Church Times Jails in desperate need of support says Jonathan Aitken

Inside Time A good trip to the Old Bailey By Noel Smith

Radio Times article on Faith behind Bars by Martin Bashir

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

The Sunday Times "Jonathan Aitken to be Prison Chaplain" by Laura Pullman

The Sunday Times "I prayed in Jail Sunday" by Laura Pullman

Monday June 5

Charles Moore in Daily Telegraph "Why Aitken is Suitable for work" 


The Guardian "Aitken to go back behind bars"

Saturday 9 June

The Daily Mail Monday "Jonathan Aitken to host Ordination Party at Old Bailey"



Catholic Herald "From the Ritz to the rectory"



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

Listen Here:


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



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

Subscribe to for free and read Jonathan's regular column or click this link for a PDF of his latest article:

"He’s trying, but China’s Church is too big for Xi to suppress"

6 August 2017  Sunday Times Our jails are cauldrons of unrest but cool thinking can keep the lids on click on the underlined headline for full article

Jonathan Aitken writes for new website UnHerd

3 August 2017 The fourth emergency service.  Faith communities in the Grenfell frontline 

6 July 2017 Prison suicides are soaring. More inmates should be trained to prevent this, as I was writes Jonathan Aitken for the Guardian

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.

10 June 2017 Jonathan remembers Monterey Pop Festival and 1967
8 June 2017 Jonathan remembers Adnan Khashoggi 
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 

Sunday 10 July Jonathan returned to Dublin for a new exhibition opening at the Little Museum of Dublin about Brendan Bracken 'Churchill and the Irishman' see how the week turned out here

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

On December 21 Jonathan gave a lecture at The Nixon Library watch it here & click here for a full transcript of the speech:

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


Read Jonathan's Advent sermon given to St Jude's (Luke 3:1-6)



26 November 2015


As well as appearing on RTE Radio Michael Cullen speaks about Jonathan's hospitalisation as a result of TB as a boy at Cappagh Hospital Dublin in the Irish Independent Business News


22 November 2015


Sermon given to St Dionis Matthew 25: 31-46


18 October 2015


Read Jonathan's article on the Prime Minister's plans for Prison Reform in The Sunday Times


Sunday 6 September 2015


St Augustine's Church, Queensgate, London SW7


Click here to read Jonathan's Sermon (Mark 7: Verses 24 - end)



Sunday 2 August 2015

'What Lord Sewel can learn from his downfall' in Sunday Telegraph


19 July 2015


Jonathan's sermon at St Matthews can by click on this link


11 July 2015 

The Spectator Book Review

The Book of the People: How to Read the Bible A.N. Wilson

Has A.N. Wilson reached the last port of call on the tempestuous sea of faith?



14 June 2015


I lost it all .....


Jonathan appears in the Telegraph's Money Section



June 2015


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:

Inside Time - The Mentors are coming!



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:


A vote for stability and continuinty at a time for formidable challenges Part 1

Part 2


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


For media reporting please click:


BBC News


Gloucestershire Echo


Gloucestershire Citizen


South West News

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


Battleground Thanet South: Jonathan Aitken assesses Nigel Farage's chances of winning his old seat by Nigel Nelson



Mail on Sunday 30 November 2014


Some advice to Andrew Mitchell from someone who's been there .....

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

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3 November 2014


Please click here for article in November's issue of Standpoint Magazine about prison reform:


How to Fix Britain's Prison System


Jonathan's letter to the Guardian 23 October 2014

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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. 


Porridge gets a Tory Flavour


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

(click here for article that appeared in Diary section of Daily Mail on 22 July 2014:)


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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The best way to do time for two different crimes


Daily Telegraph Saturday July 5 2014

Jonathan wrote an open letter to Andy Coulson:

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Planet prison is full of surprises and a lot of them are pleasant



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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How an NHS surgeon's genius and prayers from Wormwood Scrubs saved my wife from death



Good Morning Britain:


Jonathan appeared on the morning of 21st May 2014  


Click on this link to watch it:


Hunt for two prisoners continues this morning



The One Show


Jonathan will be appearing on the One Show at 7pm on BBC1 on Tuesday May 13th talking about 'Amazing Grace'.


Click on the link to purchase the book through Amazon:

John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace, Continuum, 2007


Meaningful Mentoring



On April 22nd, 2014 Jonathan wrote a report for The Centre for Social Justice called 'Meaningful Mentoring'.  

Click on the link to read it:




























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