Daisley grew up in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire and attended St Ambrose High School. He later studied at the University of Glasgow, and gained an MSc in Political Communication. Daisley is a Catholic and Zionist who has a centre-right perspective, while identifying as a "friend" of the Labour Party.
During his third year, Daisley gained his first journalism job as a junior reporter with the News of the World. In 2006, he interviewed Conservative Party politician and fellow Glasgow University alumni Liam Fox, in the Glasgow University Guardian, as well as th British film director and playwright Anthony Minghella, His work for the paper saw Daisley placed as runner-up for "Columnist of the Year" at the 2007 Guardian Student Media Awards. He subsequently wrote for publications such as Commentary, Standpoint and The Times of Israel.
Daisley spent five years as Digital Politics and Comment Editor for STV – a tenure that Herald Scottish Political Editor Tom Gordon described as "frequently controversial". His work received criticism from Scottish National Party (SNP) members of parliament Pete Wishart and John Nicolson: British author J. K. Rowling defended Daisley, claiming that Wishart had pursued a "vendetta" against him. In January 2017, Daisley resigned from STV, who were accused of "gagging" him at the behest of the SNP. He subsequently became a columnist for the Daily Mail.
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