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.

Shami Chakrabarti and Peter Whittle play the by-election blame game

26 February 2017 12:06

Shami Chakrabarti and Peter Whittle would probably furiously deny playing by the same political rules. But this morning on the…

Will the Labour membership ever change its mind about its leader?

24 February 2017 17:51

Labour’s famously vocal moderates have been awfully quiet today, given one of their number – Jamie Reed – has just…

Labour’s defeat in Copeland shows the party is losing its heartlands

24 February 2017 16:58

So what went wrong for the Labour Party in Copeland last night? There’s no understating the scale of the defeat…

Labour has just suffered its worst defeat for decades

24 February 2017 2:54

Isabel Hardman discusses the by-election results with Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth: The Tories have won the Copeland by-election with…

Cabinet wastes time with discussion on something it already agrees on

21 February 2017 13:09

If ever you wanted to understand what Theresa May’s relationship with her top ministers is like, today’s Cabinet meeting provides…

The one consolation for Labour? Ukip aren’t a slick fighting force

20 February 2017 15:20

Theresa May has been visiting Stoke-on-Trent today ahead of the ‘really important’ by-election in the city on Thursday. That the…

Government defeats all amendments in first Brexit Bill Committee fight

7 February 2017 0:59

MPs are finally making their way out of Parliament – or staying for Ed Miliband’s late night adjournment debate –…

May’s message to MPs: don’t obstruct the Article 50 Bill

6 February 2017 17:01

MPs will shortly begin their Committee stage of the Article 50 Bill in the Commons. Before that begins, Theresa May…

Ministers take the politically safe route on housing

5 February 2017 12:04

If a home was built for every new initiative, speech or newspaper article about “fixing the housing crisis”, our housing…

Is the government trying to avoid scrutiny of its Brexit policy?

2 February 2017 14:14

Is the government trying to avoid scrutiny of its Brexit policy? That’s the charge that MPs on the Labour and…

Brexit Bill debate: MPs are confused about their job description

31 January 2017 17:40

The debate over the Bill allowing the government to trigger Article 50 has been surprisingly good-natured, so far, given the…

Today’s Brexit debate is likely to be a tame affair

31 January 2017 12:53

MPs are now debating the government’s European Union (notification of withdrawal) Bill, with a warning from Theresa May and Brexit Secretary…

Theresa May’s failure to stand up to Trump will undermine her whole strategy

29 January 2017 11:21

Theresa May’s visit to Washington to meet President Trump last week was seen, before it happened, as being beneficial to…

Should the government publish a Brexit White Paper?

25 January 2017 11:09

Just a year ago, the phrase ‘Brexit rebels’ denoted Tory MPs like Peter Bone who had a distinguished pedigree of…

How ‘straightforward’ can the Government’s Brexit bill actually be?

24 January 2017 13:36

The Government may be accepting its defeat in the Supreme Court graciously overall, but David Davis was in a rather…

The mental gymnastics of the Brexit debate

24 January 2017 12:18

What a lot of contortions we are seeing this morning from so many quarters about the Article 50 ruling. Brexiteers…

Breaking: Government loses Article 50 case

24 January 2017 9:40

Isabel Hardman is joined by Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth to discuss the ruling: In the past few minutes, the…

Theresa May’s ‘industrial’ rebrand

23 January 2017 17:08

Theresa May’s industrial strategy, launched today at a special Cabinet meeting just outside Warrington, is part of the Prime Minister’s…

The irony of Corbyn’s three-line whip

19 January 2017 18:02

Jeremy Corbyn is a famous rebel, so famous that when he was elected, many in his party wondered how he…

PMQs: Corbyn’s confusion over the single market

18 January 2017 14:00

Jeremy Corbyn’s attack line on Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions today might have been more effective had the Labour…

Theresa May’s cheery Brexit threat to EU leaders

17 January 2017 14:17

Theresa May was at pains in her Brexit speech and in the question-and-answer session from journalists afterwards to appear as…

Will Theresa May finally tell us what Brexit means?

17 January 2017 9:51

How much will Theresa May’s speech today surprise us? The Prime Minister’s promise to offer more detail on Brexit was…

Jeremy Corbyn needs to work on his Trump impression

15 January 2017 9:59

‘I’m really interested about the similarities between me and Donald Trump,’ joked Jeremy Corbyn this morning on Marr. ‘Is it…

May might not give much away in Brexit speech

13 January 2017 13:37

How much detail does Theresa May need to give in her much-anticipated Brexit speech on Tuesday? The Prime Minister will…

Will more Labour MPs quit Parliament in despair?

13 January 2017 11:37

How many other Labour MPs will decide to quit Parliament mid-term as Tristram Hunt and Jamie Reed have done? Some…