Isabel Hardman

Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator and edits the Coffee House blog. She also presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 3

Labour finds a security firm for its ‘excellent’ conference

26 August 2016 18:15

Today, in a highly unprecedented move, the Labour party actually managed to achieve something. It has just signed a deal…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 4

How useful is Sadiq Khan’s endorsement of Owen Smith?

21 August 2016 12:03

Sadiq Khan’s endorsement of Owen Smith is rather handy for the ailing Labour leadership contender, given Khan is one of…

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Owen Smith: We should get Isis round the table for peace talks

17 August 2016 13:23

Victoria Derbyshire seemed very anxious as Labour’s two-hour-long hustings between Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn wore on this morning to…

Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

Court of Appeal rules in favour of Labour party in latest leadership contest twist

12 August 2016 15:32

In the past few minutes, the Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the Labour Party’s block on anyone…


Why does no-one think of the Lib Dems?

11 August 2016 14:41

Talking to Labour MP these days is a pretty miserable business, to the extent that many journalists are starting to…

Labour Leadership Election

Labour’s moderates are stuck until they can solve their membership problem

10 August 2016 19:13

We are still not entirely sure when the Labour leadership contest will end, but in these dusty days of recess,…

Tom Watson (left) and Jeremy Corbyn take to the stage after Watson was announced as the Labour Party's new deputy leader and Corbyn as the Labour Party's leader at a special conference at the QEII Centre in London..

Labour’s leadership eats itself in row over ‘Trotsky entryists’

9 August 2016 19:08

Is anyone in Labour getting along? Currently the party is trying to appeal against a High Court decision in favour…

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Why would Theresa May want to clamp down on special advisers?

8 August 2016 17:52

Theresa May’s plans to limit both the number of special advisers and the way in which they are appointed are…

Labour Leadership Election

Labour members win court case on leadership contest

8 August 2016 11:34

Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast discuss what’s next for Labour: Could Labour hold its autumn conference without a confirmed leader?…

Labour Leadership Election

What matters in Labour’s leadership contest is what works

21 July 2016 13:57

Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to strike a contrast between his beliefs and those of his Labour leadership rival Owen Smith would…

Liz Truss

Liz Truss attracts far more vitriol than her male non-lawyer predecessors. Why could that be?

21 July 2016 10:41

A politician with no legal training and limited experience of the legal world becomes Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor. The…

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May Makes Her First Statement As The Country's New Leader

The net migration reckoning draws nearer

20 July 2016 14:58

Is the new government under Theresa May going to ditch the target to drive net migration into the tens of…


Angela Eagle pulls out of Labour leadership contest

19 July 2016 17:26

In the past few minutes, Angela Eagle has pulled out of the Labour leadership contest, citing insufficient nominations in the…


Theresa May’s first Cabinet meeting gives us a glimpse of her leadership style

19 July 2016 15:12

Theresa May’s first Cabinet meeting wasn’t accompanied by the kind of eye-catching announcement you would have expected from Tony Blair…


The Labour leadership contest looks set to be savage

19 July 2016 13:35

Labour MPs are currently nominating candidates in the party’s leadership contest to replace Jeremy Corbyn. The current Labour leader does…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 3

Corbyn savaged by his own MPs as he refuses to read out Labour policy on Trident

18 July 2016 18:07

If you wanted evidence to support the repeated assertion from Labour MPs that Jeremy Corbyn cannot continue as Labour leader,…

Is Owen Smith the answer to Labour’s Corbyn problem?

18 July 2016 16:32

As Katy reports, Labour appeared rather divided at its leadership hustings today. Behind the scenes, Owen Smith does seem to…


Labour’s dismal showing gives Sajid Javid a gentler first day in the job

18 July 2016 16:13

Theresa May’s new government gets to work today, and first to face the heat of the Chamber was the Communities…

Nice attack: Quiet shock reigns on the city’s streets

15 July 2016 14:27

Nice is quiet today, moving a little slower than it was yesterday, but it still moves. There is a strange…


At least 80 dead in Nice after lorry crashes into crowds

14 July 2016 23:00

A lorry has ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day by the beach in Nice;  there are reports of at least…

David Cameron's Last Day As The UK's Prime Minister

David Cameron’s legacy is out of his control

13 July 2016 17:38

It was a rather cruel pathetic fallacy that the Prime Minister who had to resign early after creating a political…

David Cameron Holds The First Cabinet Meeting Since The UK Voted To Leave The EU

Where will Theresa May get her policies from?

13 July 2016 15:02

Theresa May takes over as Prime Minister this afternoon much sooner than she expected at the start of the week.…

Jeremy Corbyn Attends A Momentum Rally

Labour chief whip complains to Corbyn and Momentum about abuse of MPs

13 July 2016 10:52

Labour MPs are becoming increasingly agitated about the amount of abuse and intimidation they are receiving, to the extent that…


What might David Cameron do next?

12 July 2016 13:40

David Cameron has chaired his last ever, emotional, Cabinet meeting this morning, with just a final Prime Minister’s Questions lying…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 3

Labour party split over whether to split

11 July 2016 15:22

As well as all the other things that Labour MPs are anxious about at the moment, there is genuine anxiety…