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.

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How good government often goes unnoticed and unrewarded

24 May 2016 12:25

What make a good minister? Is it how well they perform at the Dispatch Box in the Commons? Or their…

Boris Johnson Delivers Stump Speech For The Vote Leave Referendum Campaign

Is the Leave campaign going around in circles?

23 May 2016 22:01

Boris Johnson took in a car factory as part of his day of campaigning for Vote Leave in Yorkshire. The…

On the EU campaign trail with Boris

23 May 2016 13:03

Boris Johnson is on the Vote Leave campaign trail in York this morning, and has just addressed a medium-sized crowd…

Can David Cameron forgive Penny Mordaunt and Priti Patel? (Photo: Getty)

Post-referendum, will David Cameron accept that all’s fair in love and war?

23 May 2016 10:28

This weekend’s public spat between David Cameron and Penny Mordaunt about whether Britain can stop the accession of new countries…

Prime Minister Gives Keynote Speech On The NHS

Government accepts rebel amendment on Queen’s Speech to stave off defeat

19 May 2016 17:39

So Number 10 has yielded and decided to stave off the Queen’s Speech rebellion by accepting the rebel amendment to…

The State Opening Of Parliament

Queen’s Speech row: whose fault is it?

19 May 2016 13:45

Tory eurosceptics are threatening to cause the first government defeat on a Queen’s Speech since 1924 by joining forces with…

The State Opening Of Parliament

Tory MPs mull cautious Queen’s Speech

18 May 2016 15:07

The quiet Queen’s Speech seems largely to have underwhelmed Tory MPs – though they do predict a number of sticky…

Prime Minister Gives Keynote Speech On The NHS

What David Cameron is trying to tell us with this Queen’s Speech

18 May 2016 11:15

What is the point of today’s Queen’s Speech? The government’s legislative programme for the year is being briefed as light…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 3

Labour MPs are stuck in a miserable stalemate – and some want out

17 May 2016 12:40

When are Jeremy Corbyn’s enemies going to get their act together? Today’s Times poll of the Labour membership shows that…


Tory unity after the referendum is looking increasingly difficult

16 May 2016 16:33

One of the big questions about the EU referendum campaign is whether the Tory leadership is running its campaign in…

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EU debate takes ludicrous twist as Ken scolds Boris for Hitler comments

16 May 2016 12:51

You know you’ve not necessarily added a great deal to your argument when Ken Livingstone is telling you off for…


Should we care that young men aren’t going to university?

12 May 2016 16:58

When politicians and tutors talk about underrepresented groups at universities, few expect men to feature on the list. Yet as…

Grassroots Out Campaigners Hold London Rally

Vote Leave loses its temper over ITV referendum event

12 May 2016 10:38

If the Leave campaign in the EU referendum was resembling Project Grouch a few weeks ago, today it is rather…

Polls Have Now Closed And Scotland Awaits The Results Of This Historic Referendum

Tory eurosceptics fear government sneakiness on EU postal votes

11 May 2016 18:01

One of the major features of the EU referendum campaign is the suspicion on the part of Tory eurosceptics that…


Has Jeremy Corbyn forgotten how to ask a proper question at PMQs?

11 May 2016 13:23

Jeremy Corbyn’s questions at PMQs weren’t so much a dog’s dinner as a miserable casserole of leftovers. The Labour leader didn’t…

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How MPs waste time in the House of Commons

9 May 2016 17:27

There are strict rules governing the language that MPs can use in the House of Commons. Words like ‘guttersnipe’, ‘stoolpigeon’…

The Labour Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 4

How much of a threat will Sadiq Khan be to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership?

9 May 2016 15:46

Sadiq Khan starts his first day as Mayor today, and has spent more of his weekend distancing himself from Jeremy…

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Government drops plans to force all schools to become academies

6 May 2016 15:23

It’s a good day for the Conservatives to bury bad news, when all attention is on Labour and the SNP’s…


What will Labour moderates do now?

6 May 2016 12:32

The election results that we’ve had through so far are a pretty potent combination for the Labour party. Diane Abbott…

Jeremy Corbyn Addresses A Refugees Welcome Here Rally

Corbyn’s enemies’ greatest fear is coming true: he’s avoiding disaster

6 May 2016 7:17

This morning the Labour party is waking up to both disaster and relief. Disaster because the party is falling into…


Ministers have lost the political argument on child refugees

4 May 2016 11:26

Why is the government preparing for a U-turn on accepting more unaccompanied child refugees? George Osborne was speaking this morning…


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…