Katy Balls

Katy Balls is The Spectator's political correspondent


No real opposition from Labour to May’s Brexit speech

17 January 2017 15:32

With Theresa May opting to give her speech in the grand settings of Lancaster House rather than the Commons, it…


Philip Hammond steals May’s thunder

17 January 2017 12:31

As Theresa May reveals her plan for Britain in her much-anticipated speech, Philip Hammond has beaten her to the punch…

Possible Labour Leadership Contender Tristram Hunt Gives Post-election Speech

Tristram Hunt’s resignation is another blow for Corbyn’s Labour

13 January 2017 10:18

Listen to Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Ayesha Hazarika on Tristram Hunt’s departure: Another month, another Labour MP resigns. Following Jamie…


Watch: Andrew Neil skewers Oxford professor over hate crime claim

12 January 2017 15:25

With the Home Secretary’s conference speech officially recorded as a ‘hate incident’ after an Oxford University physics professor complained to the…


NHS chief puts up a fight as No 10 row goes public

11 January 2017 18:41

With the NHS in the midst of a ‘humanitarian crisis’ according to the Red Cross, No 10 appeared to try…

Jess Phillips and Philip Davies

Philip Davies interview: I don’t like being bullied

6 January 2017 10:30

Philip Davies originally wanted to be a journalist but decided against it after coming to the conclusion that he lacked…

Tim Barrow and Philip Hammond

Tim Barrow’s appointment as Britain’s EU ambassador should silence May’s critics

4 January 2017 19:00

Just a day after Sir Ivan Rogers’ resignation as Britain’s ambassador to the EU, his successor has been named as…

Sir Ivan Rogers, right, with Philip Hammond

Brexiteers will cheer Ivan Rogers’ resignation as Britain’s ambassador to the EU

3 January 2017 14:21

With Brexit negotiations just months away, Sir Ivan Rogers has unexpectedly resigned as Britain’s ambassador to the EU. The news…

Speakers Rally To Commemorate The 80th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Cable Street

Labour is heading for electoral disaster – will Corbyn now put his money where his mouth is?

3 January 2017 13:28

New year, new start? Not for Labour. The party’s 2017 has got off to a bad start with the publication of…


How to survive a festive hangover

26 December 2016 8:30

Although drinking excessive levels of alcohol is up there with Olympic cycling and democracy as things the British excel at,…


Nigel Farage says events like Berlin attack will be the ‘Merkel legacy’

20 December 2016 12:33

As details begin to emerge regarding the identities of those involved in the Berlin Christmas market attack which left at…


Liz Truss on a sticky wicket over prison reform

19 December 2016 18:21

On Friday, Birmingham prison played host to the worst prison riot since the Strangeways jail riot 16 years ago. Stairwells…

Stop The War Christmas Fundraising Dinner

Jeremy Corbyn’s Sinn Féin hire shows he is not willing to compromise

15 December 2016 8:59

As MPs begin to wind down for the holidays, Jeremy Corbyn appears to have other ideas when it comes to a…


David Davis keeps his options open over Brexit

14 December 2016 21:38

While Theresa May is adamant that her government will not give a running commentary on Brexit, David Davis talked relatively…


Theresa May tries to show she cares about social care

12 December 2016 22:30

In the Conservatives’ 2015 manifesto, there was a plan to reform the care system for the over-65s and introduce a…


Labour left put Jeremy Corbyn on notice

12 December 2016 8:57

After a disappointing result for Labour in the Sleaford by-election on Friday, over the weekend it fell on Diane Abbott and Ken…


Labour pushed into fourth place in Sleaford by-election

9 December 2016 9:20

Last night’s Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election played out in a predictable fashion overall. After Stephen Phillips resigned in anguish…

Grayling works on TV licence reform

Calls on Grayling to resign over troublesome trains

7 December 2016 14:14

Chris Grayling has found himself in the naughty corner today over a leaked letter — to the Evening Standard — from…

Theresa May Remains The Favourite To Become Conservative Party Leader

Theresa May agrees to publish Brexit strategy before invoking Article 50

7 December 2016 8:30

With the Supreme Court ruling on the government’s Article 50 appeal not expected until the new year, Theresa May is facing a…


Amber Rudd gets a rough ride at the despatch box – thanks to Boris

5 December 2016 16:26

Over the weekend, Boris Johnson managed to plunge himself into another Cabinet row by announcing on Peston on Sunday that he thinks…

Votes Are Counted In The Richmond Park By-election

Liberal Democrats oust Zac Goldsmith in Richmond Park by-election

2 December 2016 5:44

It’s happened. Early this morning the Liberal Democrats managed to cause an upset and overturn Zac Goldsmith’s 23,000 majority in the Richmond…


David Davis sets the cat among the pigeons at Brexit questions

1 December 2016 15:56

David Davis put the cat among the pigeons in the chamber today. The Brexit secretary — who takes a more relaxed approach…


OBR chief ignores critics to heap more Brexit gloom upon MPs

30 November 2016 17:21

Last week the Office for Budget Responsibility revised down its forecasts, suggesting the economy would only expand by 1.4pc in the…


Theresa May’s boardroom crackdown asks more questions than it answers

29 November 2016 21:08

In recent weeks, Theresa May has attempted to perform a balancing act between looking after the interests of ‘just about…


Labour and the Tories carry on cross-dressing at Treasury questions

29 November 2016 15:56

In last week’s Autumn statement, Philip Hammond appeared to channel his inner Ed Miliband as he banned letting fees and went on a…