Politics and Foreign Affairs Correspondents

We are proud to have a young team of passionate young writers who focus on politics and foreign affairs.

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All views expressed by the writers are their own and are neither those of Filibuster nor the Editors unless otherwise stated.

Adrian Burbie

Adrian Burbie is the Chairman and founder of Filibuster. He is a 18-year-old student studying politics, economics, history and maths at A-Level and has a fondness for jazz, dark chocolate and Yorkshire Tea. Adrian is also a stressed supporter of Liverpool FC and the Welsh rugby team. He lives in London with his family and tortoise, Usain Bolt. He is a “one-nation” Conservative, and tweets @a_burbie.

Jasmine Bennett

Jasmine Bennett is a 16-year-old student who is a member of the Labour Party and places herself in the centre-left of the political spectrum. She lives in the constituency of Rochester and Strood. She is currently studying for her GCSEs, alongside two AS-Levels in creative writing and citizenship. Her interests include feminism, LGBT rights and the links between personality and politics. When not writing or arguing about politics, she can often be found enjoying classical literature and listening to a wide range of music in one of London’s many parks. She tweets @JEBennett2015.

Joanne Reed

Joanne Reed is the editor of Filibuster. She is an 18-year-old writer for Filibuster from Norfolk, currently studying English literature, history, politics at A-Level. A staunch Labour supporter, she currently falls somewhere near Jeremy Corbyn on the political spectrum, yet she has an interest in the values of other parties such as the Green Party and the Women’s Equality Party. She loves both British and American politics, and is passionate about feminism and LGBT issues. She is a self-confessed bibliophile and when’s she’s not debating she will most likely be found with a cup of tea and a mountain of books.

Casey Kroll

Casey Kroll is a 17-year-old writer from San Diego, California. Casey is an avid studier of foreign policy. A Republican, Casey is a proud conservative and has a fondness for debating and discussing politics. His favorite political commentators include Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager, and Charles Krauthammer. He enjoys engaging in robust debate with those who do not share his points of view, and attempts to win over those who disagree. Casey also plays the piano, performs magic, and writes short stories in his free time. He tweets at @casey3040.

Shameera Lin
No Party

Shameera Lin is a 21-year-old writer for Filibuster from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Currently on a post-A-Level gap year, she seeks to uncover her destiny in many things, including Bill Evans’ Waltz for Debby, The Feynman Lectures on Physics and Richard Francis Burton’s wanderlust. An opinionated democratic socialist and nocturnal (aspiring) poet, Shameera appreciates well-balanced opinions on anything under the sun as well as a proper pot of Earl Grey. For an odd compilation of micro-rants, follow her @jazzebel410

Emily Hawkins

Emily Hawkins is a writer for Filibuster and is 18 years old. She is studying History and Politics in Norwich and co-edits the literary magazine Ameliorate in her spare time. Although a card-carrying member of Labour, she is critical of neo-liberalism, and believes that utilities should be nationalised. She is interested in making politics accessible to all and increasing representation amongst marginalised groups. As well as writing for Filibuster, she is involved in young feminist movements and believes gender liberation is essential to socialism.

Jack Mountford
No party

Jack Mountford is an 18-year-old writer for Filibuster, currently studying History and Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is interested primarily in issues of international relations and security, focusing particularly on China and the geopolitical situation in the Asia-Pacific region. In his limited spare time, he enjoys reading, BBC documentaries and good quality Cheddar cheese.

Conrad Kunadu

Conrad Kunadu is a 16-year-old liberal conservative currently studying for A-Levels in politics, economics, history and maths. In discovering a passion for politics through competitive debating, Conrad believes strongly in the importance of getting young people involved in politics. He is enthusiastic about the importance of debate and scrutiny within politics and therefore considers himself a Tory rebel. In the rare instances he is not debating a wide range of issues, Conrad can be found spending an excessive amount of time on Facebook and Reddit.

Matthew Howlett

Matthew Howlett is a 17-year-old resident of the West Midlands and a writer for Filibuster. Studying English language and literature at A-Level, he has developed a strong interest in politics and international relations in particular. A Conservative supporter who is calling for the UK to stay in the European Union, he spends any time he isn’t criticising Nigel Farage’s anti-EU scaremongering campaign watching films and TV, or playing sports ranging from golf to pool.

Lylaah Bhalerao



Lylaah is a writer and is 17-years-old. As well as studying English literature, history, Spanish and Latin at A-Level, she has a keen interest in British and American politics and especially their history and proceedings. She is a member of the Labour Party and considers herself a “raging feminist” who is passionate about equality issues. In her free time, Lylaah can be found with a book, pen, clarinet or in dance shoes. Watching MOTD with her father and sitcoms are a highlight of her weekends.

Adam Fitchett

Adam Fitchett is a 20-year-old writer and student of neuroscience at UCL, from Worthing in West Sussex. A member of Ukip, he calls himself a “national libertarian” because he believes that the future of liberty is inextricably bound up with the defence of Britain as an independent, integrated nation state. In the realm of politics, he is especially concerned with civil liberties, economic policy, energy policy, the EU and constitutional reform. In his spare time he enjoys films, table-tennis and learning new languages.

Sam Brooke

Sam Brooke is 16-year-old student from West Sussex studying German, Modern History, and English Language. Sam most closely identifies with the Green Party, but is a committed libertarian socialist and is on the hard left of the Greens. Especially passionate about climate change and animal rights, Sam is also interested in improving youth involvement in politics and is happy to debate with anyone. When not writing, Sam can be found supporting Liverpool FC, hiking, and playing video games with friends.

Frank Davies
No Party

Frank Davies is an 18-year-old writer for Filibuster from Nuneaton. He is currently studying history and politics at the University of York. Frank is a Burkean Conservative and believes very strongly in the importance of individual liberty and national sovereignty. He is particularly interested in British and European politics, as well as Commonwealth issues. Alongside his writing Frank also enjoys the music of Morrissey and playing the piano.

Matthew England

Matthew England is a 17-year-old student from Essex studying history, maths, politics, economics, and further maths A-Levels. When not studying, he enjoys reading economic theory, politics and philosophy, or following the news with a large cup of tea. A member of the Conservative Party (only because it’s the party he disagrees with the least), he considers himself a neoliberal and an advocate of laissez-faire Gladstonian Liberalism. He detests uninformed opinions, both left and right, and those who blindly toe the party line. Some of his key political inspirations include Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, and William Ewart Gladstone.

Akshay Narayan
Liberal Democrat

Akshay Narayan is a 17-year old student and writer for Filibuster from North London. Despite pursuing A-levels in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry, he is also interested in geopolitics, and is able to turn his hand to a smorgasbord of different topics. He is passionate about all things technological and Bastille-related. In his spare time, he likes to spend hours doing many, many (rarely productive) things on his laptop.

Janith Peiris
Liberal Democrat

Janith Peiris is a writer for Filibuster, especially interested in Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs. In particular, he is very knowledgeable on the Israel-Palestine Conflict and the political situation in Sri Lanka and the rest of the Indian Subcontinent. He is a 16 year-old student with a deep interest in the UN and international diplomacy. He also likes rabbits.

Matt Gillow

Matt is a 19-year-old political correspondent for Filibuster. An International Relations student intending to study the Graduate Law Diploma post-university, Matt has a strong interest in global politics. He’s passionate about political education in schools, personal freedoms and internationalism. Matt is a black belt in Taekwondo, Burnley FC fan, and tweets at @matt_gillow

Antony Tucker

Antony Tucker is a 19-year-old student studying History and French at the University of Warwick. A Labour activist, he has been his constituency’s Youth Officer for the last two years. When not campaigning, he is mostly at home writing songs on his piano and guitar, and tweeting under @antonyjtucker.

Matthew Waterfield

Matthew Waterfield is a 16-year-old writer from south London, with a long-held interest in current affairs. Currently studying for his GCSEs, he is looking forward to studying economics and history, among other subjects, for his A-Levels. While not a member of any party, he’d vote for the Conservatives if he could, with his views ranging from Thatcherite idealism to Blairite pragmatism. When he’s not swamped with homework, Matthew likes playing football as well as watching TV shows like Empire and Revenge.

Ryan Curran
No Party

Ryan is a 17-year-old student from Scotland interested in domestic politics and world affairs. He is currently studying Politics, Religious Moral & Philosophical Studies and Maths in his final year of school. Ryan identifies as being on the left of the political spectrum, believing strongly in social democracy, but is not tied to any individual party. Passionate about music, he listens to artists ranging from Kanye West to Scottish indie-rockers Frightened Rabbit.

Claude Lynch

Claude Lynch is a 20-year-old writer for Filibuster from London. He is currently a second-year at University College London (UCL), studying European Social and Political Studies. He joined the Labour Party last year as a response to Jeremy Corbyn’s emotive campaign, intending to vote for him in the leadership election. While it seemed like a good idea at the time, it has since transitioned from questionable life choice to political existential crisis. In his spare time, he volunteers at the local bookshop, goes on long walks, and mourns the frighteningly obtuse politics of today’s world.

Matthew Coombes
No Party

Matthew is a 17-year-old writer for Filibuster from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, currently studying maths, German, geography and biology at A-Level. Matthew has no allegiance to any political party, but would describe himself as falling somewhere near the centre left on the political spectrum. He is passionate about advocating equality and improving access to democracy for all. If he is not talking about a political issue, Matthew is either out with friends or family, binge watching Netflix or tweeting at @matthew_coombes.

Cameron Broome

Cameron Broome is a 19-year-old geography student at the University of Manchester. He is a member of the Labour Party, having joined the party the day Jeremy Corbyn became leader. He describes himself as a social democrat, feminist and Keynesian enthusaist. His political heroes include Owen Jones, Thomas Piketty and Joseph Stiglitz for their work on inequality. Cameron is a long-suffering West Ham supporter, and has also had a season ticket at his local club Huddersfield Town since he was five. He loves to travel, meet new people and enjoy good food with family and friends.