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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.


Ed Miliband reveals he ‘feels respect’ whenever he sees a white van

21 November 2014 15:21

The fallout from Emily Thornberry’s ‘snobbish’ photo of a flag-furnished house in Rochester looks like it still has plenty of gas. The house’s owner, Dan Ware, has travelled to Thornberry’s… Continue reading

Reckless delivering a speech in Rochester following the Ukip victory.

Reckless gets a cross party welcome

21 November 2014 13:38

On zero sleep and only seven hours after being re-elected, Mark Reckless was back in the Commons and sitting on the opposition benches. Rushing back to take part in a… Continue reading


Russell Brand reveals the pick-up artists he will—and won’t—endorse

20 November 2014 15:00

‘Any system for chatting up women is in itself questionable’ says Russell Brand today in response to the Julien Blanc scandal, that has seen the Home Office ban the controversial… Continue reading


Does George Osborne really lock his office fridge at night?

18 November 2014 17:11

It seems the most exciting thing to come out of today’s Commons press gallery lunch with Danny Alexander was the Chief Secretary to the Treasury’s claim that George Osborne locks… Continue reading

Conservative election poster from 2005.

Yvette Cooper steals Tory immigration slogan from 2005

18 November 2014 14:48

At the height of the 2005 election, the then Tory leader Michael Howard (advised by one Lynton Crosby) declared: ‘Let’s be clear. It’s not racist to talk about immigration. It’s… Continue reading

Rory Stewart speaking at the Eden District Everything Everywhere 4G trial site in Threlkheld

Is there anything Rory Stewart can’t do?

17 November 2014 17:00

Having walked across Afghanistan, governed a province of Iraq and written award winning books about his adventures, now Rory Stewart has delivered his own son: ‘Penrith and the Border MP… Continue reading

Max Clifford leaves Southwark Crown Court yesterday. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

PR for hire: Max Clifford looks for work

17 November 2014 16:02

After the disgraced PR guru Max Clifford was sentenced to eight years at Her Majesty’s pleasure for a series of indecent assaults, he was forced to close his management firm… Continue reading

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger wins Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year 

17 November 2014 14:24

‘This a long way from the pigsties in east Kent where I smoked my first cigar,’ said 92 year-old Baroness Trumpington as she collected her lifetime achievement award at the… Continue reading

Don't mention the pigs! Image: Getty

MI5 mystery at Millbank: has the pig left the building?

14 November 2014 16:38

Of all the watering holes across the capital, Mr S knows full well that the Pig and Eye club is both the most elusive and exclusive. So Steerpike was curious to… Continue reading

One of Ed Miliband's spin doctors looks on as he delivers his speech. Picture: Getty

Labour’s war on the media is working, as activists turn on hacks

13 November 2014 17:36

Labour’s efforts to demonise the hostile anti-Ed media is working. At the Labour leader’s eighth ‘relaunch’ speech on Thursday at Senate House, every single question from journalists was greeted by… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Makes A Speech In Defence Of His Leadership

Coffee Shots: Miliband heads for the exit

13 November 2014 15:24

One of the things that every political team needs is a Liz Sugg. Sugg works in Downing Street and makes sure that every trip the Prime Minister makes anywhere runs… Continue reading

Samantha Lewthwaite, the so-called ‘White Widow’. Image: Getty

How sure are the Mirror about their White Widow splash?

13 November 2014 11:52

Big news on the front page of the Mirror today as the paper goes heavy on the report from the Regnum news agency that Samantha Lewthwaite, the British female terror… Continue reading

Oysters and champagne

What has the killjoy Speaker got against oysters and champagne?

11 November 2014 17:21

In his campaign to make every single member of the Conservative benches want to throttle him, the Speaker launched a bizarre broadside against Winston Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicholas Soames on… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron attending the Lord Mayor's Banquet, at Guildhall in the City of London, Monday November 11, 2013. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Cameron causes chaos at City supper

11 November 2014 14:10

Much harrumphing reaches Mr Steerpike today from the City of London. At last night’s Lord’s Mayor Banquet — the annual knees up at Mansion House to welcome the new Lord… Continue reading

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Britain’s ‘top entrepreneur’ Victoria Beckham faces a fine

11 November 2014 13:01

When Victoria Beckham was crowned Britain’s top entrepreneur by Management Today there were sniggers from an unkind few, while others balked at her estimated worth of £210 million. Mr S… Continue reading

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Labour hedge bets on PR firm

10 November 2014 13:44

The Labour Party has asked the mad men over at Lucky Generals to work with them at the next general election, according to Campaign magazine. Seasoned watchers of this sort… Continue reading

Nick Clegg puts his court skills to the test. Image: PA

Nick Clegg sweats it out on court against Cameron’s crony

10 November 2014 13:34

On Friday, Mr S boarded the Thames cruiser the Silver Sturgeon to join TV presenter and former tennis pro Andrew Castle in welcoming heavy hitters Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and… Continue reading

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Miliband triggers an outbreak of political unity – though not the sort Labour wants

7 November 2014 18:31

Is the latest Labour leadership crisis actually triggering new wave of party unity? Lord Prescott, who has slammed Miliband as ‘timid’ for his ‘complacent’ leadership style, spotted John McTernan, Tony… Continue reading

Alice Dellal and Vivienne Westwood

Dame Vivienne Westwood and model Alice Dellal told to frack off by Guido Fawkes gang

6 November 2014 13:05

Mr S was in one of Westminster’s finest watering holes last night to toast Guy Fawkes. And who better to do it with than his old muckers from Guido Fawkes,… Continue reading


In the court of King Dave, can Cameron phone home?

5 November 2014 9:40

An absolute gem in the Telegraph’s morning memo today by Stephen Bush, who claims that the Prime Minister has more than a passing interest in today’s government announcement that mobile… Continue reading

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Old-school wedding announcement from Benedict Cumberbatch in the Times

5 November 2014 9:37

Mr S would not like to be on the Times news desk this morning, as the paper realises they have been scooped by their own announcements page. Actor and global… Continue reading

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Carry on waffling about Europe, Dave – but do the EastEnders approve?

4 November 2014 15:42

Having perused the replies for my call to caption Ed Miliband and Mary Creagh, Mr S is sorry to say that there is no ‘winner’, nor even a ‘favourite.’ There… Continue reading


What to expect from Owen Paterson’s think-tank launch?

3 November 2014 15:29

Whatever could Owen Paterson be up to? The sacked Environment Secretary gave a punchy speech a few weeks back on climate change and is now set to intervene in the… Continue reading

The hopelessly miscast Nicky Morgan

Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary – a modern tragicomedy

2 November 2014 20:43

Another day, another cock up from Nicky Morgan. The Department for Education’s official Twitter feed has hastily deleted a message stating:- Doh! As plenty of social media users were quick… Continue reading

Manchester, 31 October 2014 (Photo:  Nigel Roddis/Getty)

Caption Ed Miliband and see Alex Salmond’s face in the Halloween pumpkins

1 November 2014 14:38

Even the po-faced Associated Press (video above) couldn’t but describe as ‘toe-curling’ Ed Miliband’s encounter with a homeless hijabi. Pundits agree that Ed appeared ‘terrified’ of the beggar in Manchester. Mr… Continue reading