Sebastian Payne

Sebastian Payne is deputy editor of the Coffee House blog.


Podcast special: 2015 in review

22 December 2015 15:52

Christmas is almost here, so it’s time for our annual year in review podcast. In this View from 22 hour-long…

Nigel Farage on the Daily Politics today. Photo: BBC.

Nigel Farage warns Douglas Carswell: ‘it’s going to have to end’

18 December 2015 15:39

Nigel Farage popped up on the Daily Politics today to warn Douglas Carswell that critical comments about his leadership cannot continue. The Ukip leader said…

Conservative MP Douglas Carswell Defects To UKIP

Is Douglas Carswell trying to oust Nigel Farage?

18 December 2015 12:26

Douglas Carswell set off a bomb in Ukip this morning, declaring that the party needs a ‘fresh face’ and it should become…

Former Conservative British Prime Minister John Major makes a speech on April 21, 2015 in Solihull, England.

John Major: leaving the EU would push Britain into ‘splendid isolation’

16 December 2015 9:39

David Cameron is heading off to a European Council meeting tomorrow, where talks will continue on reforming Britain’s relationship with Brussels.…

exit from the eurozone concept

Brexit is gaining momentum, according to two new polls

15 December 2015 8:55

Two new opinion polls suggest that support is growing for Britain to leave the European Union. Today’s Daily Telegraph reports on an ICM survey…

Prime Minister David Cameron and education secretary Nicky Morgan meet pupils during a visit to the Green School For Girls on March 9, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

Nicky Morgan: children’s services need to find ‘different ways of working’

14 December 2015 8:31

Children’s services in local government will be taken over if they are deemed to be failing by Ofsted, David Cameron is announcing…

Donald Trump (R) is greeted on stage by Ted Cruz before speaking at a rally organized by the Tea Party Patriots against the Iran nuclear deal in Washington, DC, on September 9, 2015

Donald Trump may be riding high in the polls, but watch out for Ted Cruz

13 December 2015 20:58

So how has America reacted to Donald Trump’s proposal to stop all Muslim immigration? Has the Donald gone too far?…

Zac Goldsmith on the Daily Politics. Photo: BBC.

Zac Goldsmith: I’m ‘delighted’ Heathrow won’t be a Mayoral election issue

11 December 2015 16:21

Many suspect that the latest delay on a third runway at Heathrow is actually the government bending to the will of Zac…

Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) embraces Colonel Moammar Gadhafi after a meeting  on May 29, 2007 in Sirte, Libya.

Tony Blair: bringing Colonel Gaddafi ‘in from the cold’ prevented future terrorism

11 December 2015 13:47

Tony Blair was hauled up in front of the sparsely-attended Foreign Affairs select committee today for a grilling about his…

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Patrick McLoughlin: government may still back second runway at Gatwick

11 December 2015 9:16

‘Gutless’ is how this morning’s papers are describing the government’s decision to yet again delay the decision on where in…

Michael Gove at Justice Questions today.

Michael Gove’s greatest success so far — not being Chris Grayling

8 December 2015 16:29

Michael Gove’s tenure as Justice Secretary has been notable for U-turns on the most controversial things done by his predecessor,…

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (C) looks at the flood defence system in Carlisle , north west England on December 7, 2015.

Liz Truss defends government spending on flood defences

8 December 2015 9:08

The flooding in Cumbria is continuing to cause misery for thousands of people and as often happens in these situations,…

Happier days

Tories begin to attack Sadiq Khan for his links to Jeremy Corbyn

7 December 2015 18:27

Now Jeremy Corbyn has passed his first electoral test in Oldham West, the Conservatives are focusing on the next one:…

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron visits a construction site in central London on May 27, 2014.

David Cameron opens up shared ownership scheme

7 December 2015 9:05

David Cameron is marking his tenth anniversary as Conservative party leader with a speech in the West Midlands today on…

Labour candidiate Jim McMahon walks the streets of Oldham as he canvasses for votes in the Oldham West and Royton by-election on November 24, 2015 in Oldham, England.

Labour wins Oldham West and Royton by-election with huge majority

4 December 2015 1:04

Labour has won the Oldham West and Royton by-election. Jim McMahon has returned the seat with a 10,835 majority, down from 14,738…

Demonstrators protest against British airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria outside Parliament on December 2, 2015 in London, England.

Jeremy Corbyn’s New Politics has ushered in an era of appalling online bullying

3 December 2015 17:53

It was meant to be about open debate and discussion, consensus through dialogue. But so far, Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of…

A picture taken on December 3, 2015 shows "wind trees" displayed at the COP21, the United Nations conference on climate at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of Paris.

Podcast: the real victims of climate change and the oddballs in youth politics

3 December 2015 13:56

Are the elderly and poor the real victims of climate change? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, presented by…

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Can Leave.EU control its members? This video suggests not

3 December 2015 8:31

A bizarre video has been released on the YouTube channel of Leave.EU, one of the campaigns vying for the official Brexit nomination.…

Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Podcast special: Syria airstrikes and Hilary Benn’s extraordinary speech

2 December 2015 23:57

The House of Commons has voted to carry out airstrikes in Syria this evening by a majority of 174, but…

John Bickley outside Ukip's shop in Royton town centre.

Is Ukip on course to win the Oldham West and Royton by-election?

2 December 2015 17:15

In 24 hours, the polling stations in Oldham West and Royton will be open and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party will face…

Jeremy Corbyn and David Cameron attend the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph, Whitehall on November 8, 2015 in London, England;

David Cameron will be kicking himself for calling Corbyn and co ‘terrorist sympathisers’

2 December 2015 8:43

Today’s debate and vote on airstrikes in Syria has already descended into name calling. At last night’s meeting of Conservative…

The Momentum curry in Oldham West on Saturday evening. Photo: Sebastian Payne/The Spectator.

Behind the scenes with Momentum: what are they up to?

1 December 2015 10:47

On Saturday evening, the Eastern Pavilion Banqueting Hall was taken over by Momentum for a curry after a cold and very…

Shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn watches a debate on the final day of the Labour Party annual conference at the Brighton Centre in Brighton, Sussex.

Hilary Benn on Labour’s Syria split: ‘People of principle can reach different decisions’

1 December 2015 9:00

Tomorrow, Labour will try out something curious during the Commons debate on airstrikes in Syria. The opposition side of the…

Mark Clarke and one of the RoadTrip buses. Photo via Google Images.

CCHQ announces independent inquiry into Elliott Johnson

30 November 2015 17:28

The board of the Conservative party met this afternoon and finally agreed to hold a fully independent investigation into circumstances…

Lord Feldman at the Conservative Party conference on September 30, 2013 in Manchester, England.

Can Lord Feldman survive as Tory chairman?

30 November 2015 8:59

The murky story of Mark Clarke, Elliott Johnson and allegations of bullying in the ranks of Conservative Future is pointing…