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Steerpike is The Spectator’s gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

Harriet Harman at The Spectator summer party

Harriet Harman blasts George Osborne for distasteful PMQs joke

2 July 2015 17:50

When George Osborne covered for David Cameron at PMQs last month, it was seen as his chance to prove to his critics that he was prime ministerial material. Alas, his attempt at a joke… Continue reading

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The Spectator summer party, in pictures

1 July 2015 23:11

With a Tory majority to celebrate, the Cabinet turned out in full force for this year’s Spectator summer party. As David Cameron and George Osborne caught up with their old head… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband Campaigns In Wales

Ed Miliband makes a return to frontline politics

1 July 2015 17:20

Ed Miliband was praised for his integrity by George Osborne after he returned to the Commons and gave a speech so soon after his election defeat. Although the Conservatives have been happy… Continue reading

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Tory summer party auctions a photo of the Cabinet – for £200,000

1 July 2015 12:50

Despite the government planning £12bn worth of welfare cuts, it’s still a case of no expense spared when it comes to Tory parties. Last night the Conservative Party Summer Party was held… Continue reading

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Rachel, Boris and Jo Johnson. Only one of them received a first class degree (Photo: Getty)

Jo Johnson takes aim at those who ‘coast within the 2.1 band’

1 July 2015 11:49

This morning Jo Johnson gave a speech in which he outlined his recommendations for the way in which universities grade students. The new science and universities minister suggested that they rethink… Continue reading

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Syed Kamall is vying to be the Tory candidate in the London mayoral election

First rule of campaigning: Don’t get the voter’s name wrong

1 July 2015 10:25

Syed Kamall’s bid to be the Tory candidate in the race to be the next Mayor of London has not got off to a great start. In the face of strong… Continue reading

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Charlotte Church met David Cameron at the 2012 Conservative Party Conference (Credit: Getty)

Charlotte Church to be reunited with David Cameron at this year’s Tory conference

30 June 2015 16:58

In 2012 Charlotte Church met with David Cameron at the Conservative Party Conference as part of a Hacked Off fringe event. Although the meeting appeared to be civil at the time,… Continue reading

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Dennis Skinner: ‘Gordon Brown and I were the Northern Powerhouse’

30 June 2015 14:00

After Dennis Skinner successfully won the SNP turf war over his favoured seat in the Commons, the Labour backbencher has been relatively quiet of late. So Mr S was pleased to… Continue reading

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Simon Danczuk lashes out at Karen Danczuk following split

30 June 2015 10:46

Over the weekend, Simon Danczuk confirmed his break up from his wife Karen Danczuk, with both the Labour MP and the ‘Selfie Queen’ describing themselves as devastated at the decision.… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn goes corporate

29 June 2015 18:27

Never let it be said that Jeremy Corbyn is the most anti-business of the four Labour leadership candidates. The left-wing politician appeared to endorse BT today on Twitter: So, is… Continue reading

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Green MEP defends ‘loony’ rabbit hutch policy

29 June 2015 17:14

When the Green Party revealed their manifesto ahead of the general election, they were the subject of much ridicule as they promised to abolish the monarchy and get rid of the… Continue reading

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Liz Kendall (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

Labour’s leadership contest turns sour (again)

29 June 2015 15:07

It seems ‘Taliban New Labour‘ have returned, or at least that’s what some party members would have you believe. Labour MP John Woodcock — who is backing Liz Kendall —… Continue reading

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A poster at Glastonbury

David Cameron takes centre stage at Glastonbury

29 June 2015 13:05

David Cameron’s former director of strategy Steve Hilton recently wrote in The Spectator that Glastonbury is not merely a ‘left-wing utopia’, arguing that it operates in accordance with conservative principles. Mr… Continue reading

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General Election 2015 campaign - May 2nd

Ed Miliband is subject of ridicule in new song

26 June 2015 13:04

After anti-austerity protesters turned on Russell Brand for endorsing Labour at a protest on Saturday, it was only a matter of time til Ed Miliband faced a similar backlash over… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband meets his number one Milifan

25 June 2015 15:08

These are dark days for the Labour party, following their brutal election defeat and the recent turmoil within the party. For Miliband in particular, the pain of the past few months must be particularly… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg: I couldn’t get hold of Charles Kennedy before his death

25 June 2015 9:58

Nick Clegg appeared on LBC this morning to take part in his first interview since his party’s defeat at the polls. With the host Nick Ferrari taking questions from listeners,… Continue reading

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Mrs Clooney causes a stir in Westminster

24 June 2015 12:06

Amal Clooney has been giving Westminster an unusual touch of glamour this week, with the world’s most famous female barrister putting them away in the Red Lion pub on Monday… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson has his ‘Joe Biden moment’ at LBC debate

24 June 2015 11:15

Last night Boris Johnson took part in his final State of London debate with LBC host Nick Ferrari, before he finishes in his role as Mayor of London and focuses on… Continue reading

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Michael Gove Is Sworn In As Lord Chancellor

Michael Gove defends his grammar rules

23 June 2015 18:12

Lord Chancellor Michael Gove was criticised over the weekend for issuing a set of grammar rules for civil servants. The list, which appeared on the Ministry of Justice intranet, warned staff to… Continue reading

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Rachel Johnson lifts the lid on Newsnight

23 June 2015 14:28

Rachel Johnson has never been shy of using her Notting Hill neighbours as a source of ‘inspiration’ for her series of chick-lit Notting Hell books. Her latest book Fresh Hell is no exception.… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage slips into the background at charity cricket match

22 June 2015 18:42

With taxpayers currently facing the prospect of a £3 billion bill in order to stop Parliament turning into a ‘ruin’, perhaps it’s time the Speaker took a note out of Baroness Benjamin’s… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Miliband welcomed back to Twitter

22 June 2015 16:11

Ed Miliband is clearly struggling to find his place in a post Ed Miliband world. Despite MPs from his own party suggesting the former Labour leader was ‘hanging around like an… Continue reading

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Charlotte Church takes her anti-austerity message to Glastonbury

22 June 2015 11:08

Last week festival goers were disappointed to learn that Foo Fighters had cancelled their headline slot at Glastonbury. While bookies were quick to offer odds on the different musical giants who… Continue reading

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War of words: Louise Mensch vs Peter Hitchens (or could it be Steerpike?)

19 June 2015 15:07

While Mr S is used to reporting from the sideline on Twitter wars, he tends to refrain from taking part in them. So Steerpike was amused to find himself in… Continue reading

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Sajid Javid and Suzanne Evans.

Sajid does funny — and Suzanne avoids the hacks

19 June 2015 13:50

Last night’s Institute of Economic Affairs sixtieth birthday bash may have had Sajid Javid as their big name keynote speaker but it was another politician on the guest list at… Continue reading

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