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Sebastian Payne is online editor of The Spectator

Nigel Farage on Phone Farage this morning.

Ukip MPs decline to comment on Nigel Farage’s ‘chinky’ remarks

19 December 2014 13:14

Another week, another controversial set of controversial remarks from Nigel Farage — this time, it’s about the use of the word ‘chinky’ by Kerry Smith, who was running to be… Continue reading


Watch out Labour, Ukip are coming for you

18 December 2014 17:35

How much of a threat is Ukip to Labour? The tanks of the people’s army have been on the Conservatives’ lawn for some time but we now have an idea… Continue reading

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Steph and Dom Meet…Nigel Farage: the last authentic politician or tipsy fool?

15 December 2014 23:07

Would you invite Nigel Farage around for drinks and dinner? Steph and Dom Meet…Nigel Farage shows what happened when the ‘posh couple’ from Gogglebox did just that. The Ukip leader comes… Continue reading

Will Labour take on Ukip over immigration?

Four things we’ve learnt from the leaked Labour/Ukip paper

15 December 2014 10:49

How will Labour respond to the threat from Ukip? Thanks to today’s scoop by the Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith, we now know. A leaked internal memo (pdf here) singles out immigration as the biggest… Continue reading

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Watch: why doesn’t Russell Brand stand for Parliament?

12 December 2014 10:07

In case you hadn’t heard, Russell Brand was on Question Time last night with Nigel Farage. It was explosive to say the least, with Brand and Farage clashing over pretty… Continue reading

Natasha Bolter, the former Ukip PPC who has made allegations about Roger Bird.

Ukip’s Roger Bird suspended over sexual misconduct allegations

9 December 2014 9:50

The reason behind Roger Bird’s mysterious suspension as Ukip general secretary has been revealed. The splash of today’s Times makes several allegations (£) about Bird and Natasha Bolter, a Labour defector to… Continue reading

Ukip's General Secretary Roger Bird.

Ukip general secretary Roger Bird suspended over ‘impropriety’ allegations

8 December 2014 18:26

To the delight of its enemies, Ukip has just announced its general secretary has been suspended over ‘impropriety allegations’. According to a statement released by the party, claims have come to… Continue reading

Can we expect Nigel vs Nick against in 2015? Photo: Getty Images.

Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage are pursuing the same electoral strategy

8 December 2014 17:15

What is the reasoning behind Nigel Farage’s recent spate of apparent gaffes? Following his breastfeeding comments last week, the Ukip leader blamed his lateness to an event in Wales on… Continue reading

Paul Lambert, Ukip's new Director of Communications. Photo: BBC.

Ukip hires BBC’s Paul ‘Gobby’ Lambert as new Director of Communications

7 December 2014 13:00

Ukip has announced that BBC political producer Paul Lambert will be the party’s new Director of Communications. Ukip has offered the job to various prominent figures but it has not been filled… Continue reading


Tories attack Nigel Farage over breastfeeding remarks

6 December 2014 12:24

Ukip’s crisis is the Conservatives’ gain. Following Nigel Farage’s comments about ‘ostentatious’ breastfeeding, Conservative HQ have been promoting this graphic online, with a title noting that Farage is ‘making it up… Continue reading

Ukip's Tim Aker

The Ukip juggernaut continues: Tim Aker wins Thurrock council by-election

5 December 2014 12:22

Ukip’s Tim Aker is now juggling three jobs. Last night, the 29-year-old won a by-election in the Aveley & Uplands ward in Thurrock, adding councillor to his existing titles of MEP for… Continue reading

Sajid Javis on Question Time. Photo: BBC.

Audio: ‘I’m called Sajid, I’m fiercely patriotic about our country’

5 December 2014 8:50

Sajid Javid was on Question Time yesterday and gave easily one of the most confident and assured defences of the government’s immigration policy to date. In response to a question… Continue reading


Revealed: where George Osborne’s axe will fall hardest

4 December 2014 18:07

If you think George Osborne has been a mad axe man, just wait to see the cuts he has planned for the next Parliament. To return a budget surplus by the end of… Continue reading

Jeremy Thorpe, the Liberal Party leader, during an election campaign in 1974. Photo by Tony Freeman/Keystone/Getty Images

Former Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe dies, aged 85

4 December 2014 16:58

Jeremy Thorpe, the former leader of the Liberal Party, has passed away aged 85, after suffering from Parkinson’s disease for many years. Thorpe will unfortunately be best remembered for the affair that… Continue reading

Mark Reckless Wins The Rochester And Strood By-Election For UKIP

Eight different ways Ukip would spend Britain’s international aid budget

4 December 2014 16:26

The Autumn Statement was Ukip’s first economic test as a Westminster party, so how did they fare? In their initial response, economic spokesman Patrick O’Flynn lambasted George Osborne for ‘smoke and… Continue reading

U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Delivers Autumn Budget Statement

Podcast: Autumn Statement, Russia’s information wars and life inside Tatler

4 December 2014 8:57

George Osborne appears to have delivered a successful Autumn Statement, but are there some dark secrets in the details? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth discuss the Chancellor’s… Continue reading

Chancellor George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement

Podcast special: a good Autumn Statement for George Osborne?

3 December 2014 19:49

George Osborne appears to have delivered a successful Autumn Statement, but are there some dark secrets in the details? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth… Continue reading


David Cameron and George Osborne still the most trusted on the economy

2 December 2014 18:10

Good news for the Tories: a new ComRes poll confirms that David Cameron and George Osborne are the most trusted pair to ‘see the country through the current economic situation’. As… Continue reading

Gordon Brown at Edinburgh University.

One of Gordon Brown’s undeniable achievements: breaking the Oxford mould

2 December 2014 16:43

Say what you will about Gordon Brown — and plenty have over the last 24 hours — but there is one achievement even his harshest detractors can not critique: he broke… Continue reading

British Chancellor George Osborne visits Birmingham Enterprise Zone on July 28, 2011 in Birmingham, England

The MPs who will benefit from George’s marvellous marginals medicine

1 December 2014 17:32

‘The biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades’ — or the biggest, boldest marginal constituency programme? George Osborne has magicked up £15 billion for 84 new roads, some… Continue reading

Penny Mordaunt at the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards 2014.

Oo-err! Top five gags from Penny Mordaunt, minister for innuendo

30 November 2014 16:07

Tory MP Penny Mourdant has caused a stir in Sunday’s papers over her confession at our Parliamentarian of the Year awards that she said ‘cock’ in Parliament as a bet with her… Continue reading

David Cameron gestures, while delivering a speech on immigration to members of the media at JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, central England on November 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / POOL

Podcast special: David Cameron’s ‘game changing’ immigration speech

28 November 2014 13:40

Was David Cameron’s appeal to the voters of Britain and EU leaders on immigration successful? James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and myself discuss his ‘game changing’ speech on immigration this morning in… Continue reading

The Facebook logo is reflected in the eye of a girl surfing the internet. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Podcast: Geeks vs spooks, a three-way Tory split and Theresa May’s manoeuvrings

27 November 2014 8:34

Are the nerds of Silicon Valley responsible for harbouring terrorists? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind and James Forsyth debate their articles on the battle between the geeks and… Continue reading

A picture taken on May 14, 2012 in Paris, shows an illustration made with a figurine set up in front of Facebook's homepage

Facebook insists it does tackle terrorism as finger points at site for Rigby messages

25 November 2014 18:24

Facebook is responsible for hosting a conversation Rigby murderer Michael Adebowale had about killing a solider, according to the Telegraph. Both the ISC’s report and the committee’s chairman Malcolm Rifkind have been… Continue reading

Drummer Lee Rigby. Photo: Ministry of Defence

Five things you need to know about the Lee Rigby report

25 November 2014 13:16

Could the intelligence services have prevented the murder of Lee Rigby last year? Probably not, but there was more they could have known and possibly done, according to a report from the… Continue reading