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.

Jeremy Corbyn Unveils A New Labour Campaign Poster

Corbyn makes his life more difficult by saying Labour won’t lose local council seats

3 May 2016 13:30

Jeremy Corbyn’s critics may well be setting the Labour leader impossible challenges by demanding that the party wins 400 seats…

Boris Johnson Leads 48Hour Brexit Blitz Of Campaigning

Is the Leave campaign turning into Project Grouch?

25 April 2016 13:48

Monday mornings are miserable enough as it is, but this morning the Leave campaign decided to treat us to the…

President Obama Meets With David Cameron At Downing Street

Obama’s threat: vote for Brexit and the USA will put you at the ‘back of the queue’

22 April 2016 17:53

David Cameron and Barack Obama arrived at the Foreign Office for their press conference today with two clear aims. The…

Boris Johnson Attends The Opening Of West London Free School

Why Tory MPs are so worked up about forced academisation

21 April 2016 16:40

Tory MPs remain confident that they will force the government into a U-turn over forced academisation. Though departmental sources are…

New Scottish Labour Party Leader Announced

Why is Scottish Labour putting so much effort into its Trident policy?

20 April 2016 11:56

It’s perhaps not a surprise that Scottish Labour will oppose Trident renewal in the party’s manifesto for the Holyrood elections.…

President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Meet At The White House

Leave campaigners brace themselves for ‘In’ onslaught

20 April 2016 11:07

If the number of foreign politicians and international organisations that the government is enlisting in the campaign to stay in…

Philip Davies MP, filibuster extraordinaire

Can filibustering be filleted out of Private Members’ Bills?

19 April 2016 18:22

‘The Commons at its best’ is a bit of a pompous phrase that people apply to all sorts of sessions…


Government avoids defeat on banking bill

19 April 2016 12:57

Today’s Treasury questions was a pretty tame affair. Labour produced a pretty mild set of questions on tax avoidance and…

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Labour MPs fry Corbyn over McDonald’s ban

18 April 2016 20:18

Although the weekly meeting of the parliamentary Labour party is a private affair, Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman offers journalists lurking in…

Labour backbenchers focus fire on Emily Thornberry again at Defence Questions

18 April 2016 16:52

Departmental questions in the House of Commons are generally an opportunity for backbenchers of all parties to hold the government…


Priti Patel brings primary schools into the EU debate

18 April 2016 13:32

Another interesting change of tack in the EU referendum campaign comes from the Leave camp today, with Priti Patel warning…


How ministers had to change tack in the EU referendum campaign

18 April 2016 8:56

George Osborne harnesses the might of the Treasury machine today in the EU referendum campaign, publishing a weighty tome that…

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Referendum camps try to enthuse voters as official campaign starts

15 April 2016 9:14

Rather like the 2015 General Election campaign, the EU referendum campaign feels as though it has been going on rather…

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Tories expect academy policy U-turn

13 April 2016 17:29

Tory MPs are increasingly convinced that the government may back down on some of its plans for forced academisation of…

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What is Labour’s official position on John Whittingdale?

13 April 2016 14:39

A Shadow Cabinet split has opened up over whether John Whittingdale should step aside from making decisions about press regulation.…


Will Ruth Davidson’s ski-doo stunts pay off at the ballot box?

12 April 2016 16:43

Just a few days into the official campaign for the Holyrood elections and Ruth Davidson has had to change her…

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Our approach to the elderly is a national scandal

12 April 2016 15:00

Parents are so worried about the behaviour of nursery workers looking after their children that they are installing secret cameras…


Parliament is becoming an easy place for ministers to calm rows

12 April 2016 9:15

The government has had a messy few weeks: that much is clear. And the latest mess, which is the row…

David Cameron Announces Financial Boost For Mental Health Services

Cameron’s handling of the tax row means it won’t go away any time soon

11 April 2016 10:24

David Cameron will give a statement in the Commons addressing the row about his tax arrangements, with George Osborne expected…


The government has returned to a period of omnishambles

8 April 2016 9:54

You can tell a lot about how a party’s press operation thinks things are going from who it sends out…

David Cameron defends £9m spend on EU leaflets

7 April 2016 13:25

David Cameron has defended the £9m government leaflet promoting the EU as ‘money well spent’ and ‘necessary’, as the Tory…

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The Tories should have known the taxing questions were coming

6 April 2016 14:38

Downing Street has spent the past 24 hours trying to clarify David Cameron’s links to an offshore fund set up…

Jeremy Corbyn is the John Terry of British politics

5 April 2016 12:19

Jeremy Corbyn has launched Labour’s local election campaign today with the promise that his party will stand up to the…

Shadow cabinet reshuffle

What’s behind Labour’s little list of ‘hostile’ MPs?

23 March 2016 14:19

Why have Jeremy Corbyn’s allies drawn up a list ranking Labour MPs according to how hostile they are to the…


Politicians should slow down their responses to terror attacks

23 March 2016 9:27

David Cameron has been chairing a Cobra meeting this morning to discuss the UK government’s response to yesterday’s terror attacks…