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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.

Theresa May and Emily Thornberry. Photo: Alan Davidson.

Theresa May pulls out all the stops at the Spectator Parliamentarian awards

27 November 2014 17:08

If ever there was a tell-tale sign of who won the Great War between the Speaker and the Clerk of the Commons, it was today’s Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond at the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2014. Photo: Alan Davidson.

In pictures: Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2014

27 November 2014 16:14

The great, the good and not so good of the establishment turned up at the Savoy Hotel today for this year’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards. The awards were presented by… Continue reading

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Friends again: Richard Ingrams and Alexander Chancellor (Photo: Getty)

Oldie friends again? Richard Ingrams and Alexander Chancellor end bitter feud

26 November 2014 12:57

‘Tis the season for forgiving, and Mr S is pleased to report that what Vanity Fair called ‘one of the juiciest rows in recent Fleet Street history’ appears finally to… Continue reading

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Theresa May collecting her award.

Another gong for May

26 November 2014 11:25

What a busy week for Theresa May as she picked up a gong for Politician of the Year at the Political Studies Association awards at Church House last night. The… Continue reading

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Who used Rachel Johnson’s Twitter account to post a rude message about the PM?

25 November 2014 17:26

‘Apologies everyone and especially to our Leader’ tweets Rachel Johnson after a very rude word appeared on her Twitter feed about the Prime Minister: Apparently the columnist and famous sibling… Continue reading

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Eric Pickles puts John Prescott’s surplus stationery to good use

25 November 2014 10:37

Since 2010, every government department has tried to highlight the profligate spending of their predecessors in the most imaginative ways possible. In return, Labour have been on the look out… Continue reading

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Jack Monroe appeared in a Sainsbury's advert

Sainsbury’s refuse to side with Jack Monroe after she tweets about PM’s late son

24 November 2014 12:05

When food blogger and poverty campaigner Jack Monroe isn’t appearing in Labour Party political broadcasts or writing for the Guardian, she’s the face of Sainsbury’s. Their website proudly boasts: ‘Sainsbury’s… Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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