Steerpike

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

Northern Powerhouse rules the roost at National Kebab Awards

27 February 2017 17:28

After 2016 brought Brexit and Trump, it’s proving to be a particularly fractious time in politics. However, there are some things…

Introducing Corbyn’s new spinner: the Straight Left comrade who is Mandelson’s old communist chum

27 February 2017 9:04

After Jeremy Corbyn’s campaigns chief Simon Fletcher quit his role earlier this month, it was branded a victory for Seumas…

Jeremy Corbyn thanks the SNP… at Scottish Labour conference

26 February 2017 14:01

Oh dear. Although Paul Mason has taken to the airwaves this morning to suggest that Scottish independence would be a good…

Lady Nugee blames fake news for Labour’s defeat in Copeland

24 February 2017 11:56

Labour is doing its share of soul searching this morning following its disastrous defeat in the Copeland by-election. There are…

Matt Hancock fails to do his homework in Stoke

24 February 2017 7:06

Although the Conservatives can celebrate an impressive victory in Copeland last night, over in Stoke things look less rosy for…

Watch: Tom Watson’s ‘dab’ dance at PMQs

22 February 2017 13:33

Tom Watson and Jeremy Corbyn haven’t always been the best of pals but Mr S is pleased to see that…

Owen Jones turns to fake news to endear himself to the Left

22 February 2017 11:34

In today’s world of left wing politics, many Labour supporters find themselves classed as Tories and Zionists. In fact, even Owen…

Labour’s Stoke candidate has a change of heart over Ed Miliband

22 February 2017 8:56

As part of Labour’s last-ditch effort to hold onto Stoke-on-Trent Central in Thursday’s by-election, Ed Miliband headed north on Monday…

Tory MP’s Bercow plot fails to land a blow

21 February 2017 16:04

After John Bercow announced in the House of Commons that he would block any calls for President Trump to speak in Westminster…

Revealed: Jeremy Corbyn and Seumas Milne’s nicknames

21 February 2017 12:13

Although Owen Jones, Derek Hatton and Glenda Jackson are just a few of the Labour left to turn on Jeremy…

Baroness Chakrabarti, the champagne socialist

20 February 2017 16:30

As the House of Lords begins to debate the government’s Article 50 bill, Baroness Chakrabarti appears to have used the…

Labour’s shadow cabinet fail

20 February 2017 15:31

Given the frequency of shadow cabinet reshuffles under Jeremy Corbyn, even the most eagle-eyed Westminster residents now have difficulty identifying…

What by-election? Tristram Hunt starts his new job

20 February 2017 13:11

When Tristram Hunt resigned as the MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central last month to take up a job as director of…

Mandy’s BBC interview riles the Corbynites

20 February 2017 8:55

Oh dear. Yesterday Peter Mandelson appeared on the Andrew Marr Show to warn of the dangers of Brexit. The New…

Ukip’s only MP gives Ukip conference a miss

17 February 2017 15:12

Although Paul Nuttall made a quick escape from today’s Ukip Spring Conference in order to avoid the pesky press, compared…

DWP secretary’s business rates rebellion

17 February 2017 8:00

As the government considers plans to raise an extra £1billion next year through a revaluation of business rates, there has been…

Ken Loach discovers how the other half live

16 February 2017 16:01

Ken Loach has carved out a name as something of a Corbynista luvvie. The director put together a droning, hour-long…

Apple Tree Yard author: Lionel Shriver is talking out of her ‘shiny white behind’ on cultural appropriation

16 February 2017 12:53

Pencils are being sharpened in the literary world as the row over cultural appropriation rumbles on. Last year Lionel Shriver…

Caption contest: Theresa May’s Copeland charm offensive

15 February 2017 15:56

Oh dear. As Theresa May avoids questions about the NHS up in Copeland ahead of this month’s by-election, brains at…

Paul Nuttall’s ‘press officer’ does it again

15 February 2017 12:39

As Paul Nuttall receives flak today over his admission that the claim on his website that he lost ‘close personal’ friends…

Wanted: Brexiteers for Wife Swap

14 February 2017 13:02

Just in case tensions between Brexiteers and Remain-ers were beginning to die down now that MPs have voted for Article…

Labour’s Stoke candidate gives his verdict on today’s female politicians

13 February 2017 22:18

Oh dear. It’s safe to say that Labour’s candidate for the Stoke-on-Central by-election has not had a good day. After…

Trousergate designer: Nicky Morgan broke my heart

13 February 2017 8:30

Relations between Theresa May and Nicky Morgan took a turn for the worse last year after the former education secretary criticised…

The Corbyn effect

11 February 2017 10:09

Last month, Tim Farron ruled out any electoral pact between the Liberal Democrats and Labour — branding Jeremy Corbyn ‘toxic’. With…

Richard Burgon to the rescue

10 February 2017 16:51

With Labour lagging behind the Tories in the polls and the party divided over Brexit, there has been much speculation…