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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.

Lord Brocket with some friends. Image: Getty.

Chelsea fan Brocket dampens Arsenal’s Christmas

17 December 2014 17:23

It could be a bleak Christmas party for Arsenal Football Club on the 22 December, as Steerpike hears their planned festive bash booked in at Brocket Hall in Berkshire may be a… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage: Bigger Than Jesus

17 December 2014 12:09

Ukip’s commonwealth spokesperson Winston McKenzie – he of Carnival of Colour fame – is never far from controversy. It was only a matter of time before a devout Ukipper compared their… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage with Steph and Dom Parker. Photo: Channel 4.

Exclusive: Mrs Farage is still paid for by ‘public sector’ despite Gogglebox denial

16 December 2014 12:06

Ukip has confirmed this morning that Nigel Farage’s wife is still in receipt of public money — despite an on air denial from her husband. The party could not have paid… Continue reading

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Caroline Lucas welcomes Labour Party delegates - main screen on Queens Road Brighton. Photo: The Green Party.

We wish you a Merry Bin-mas, lots of love the Brighton Green Party

16 December 2014 10:59

I have been passed a snap of the Christmas tree inside Brighton and Hove’s Green Party run council building. Or more accurately, I have been passed a snap of some… Continue reading

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The ideal Christmas present for the xenophobe in your life

15 December 2014 12:44

Stuck with gift ideas for that slightly xenophobic, older family member this Christmas? Then look no further than the Ukip website. They are currently auctioning off a painting of their… Continue reading

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Richard Desmond of the Northern & Shell company at the headquarters of Express Newspapers in central London

Nigel Farage and Richard Desmond’s cosy deal making

12 December 2014 14:32

Ukip are cock-a-hoop this afternoon with news that controversial proprietor Richard Desmond is to donate £300,000 to Farage’s party ahead of the 2015 election. Express sources confirm that Dirty Desmond… Continue reading

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Hacks turn out in droves to watch (sorry, report) porn protest

12 December 2014 14:31

Mr S strolled to Westminster this lunchtime to see what all the fuss was about some porn protest. He wasn’t alone. Hacks significantly outnumbered the protestors, who were upset about the recent… Continue reading

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Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov arrives for the first session of the 47th Munich Security Conference at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, February 4, 2011

Russians pull plug on London conference

11 December 2014 14:52

Things seem to be getting tricky for the Russian Embassy in London. A much hyped mini-conference organised with Russia Today and set to be headlined on Friday by former Foreign… Continue reading

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Me? Really? (Photo: GQ/Getty)

GQ Editor reveals that Tony Blair was awarded gong for services to Wendi Deng

10 December 2014 17:07

To Quaglino’s for the GQ Christmas lunch, where editor Dylan Jones was in a revelatory mood. Lifting the lid on his magazine’s controversial decision to award Tony Blair the Philanthropist… Continue reading

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Zambian-born journalist Alan Rusbridger, the editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media, arrives at the High Court in central London on January 17, 2012

Where were you when Rusbridger quit?

10 December 2014 16:27

Alan Rusbridger’s announcement that he will stand down in summer 2015 as Guardian editor after 20 years has fired the starting gun on one very long succession battle. Current online boss Janine… Continue reading

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Natasha Bolter and Roger Bird: the investigation continues.

Revealed: the cringeworthy horror of Ukip chat-up lines

9 December 2014 18:19

The Roger Bird-Natasha Bolter saga continues. Text messages between the Ukip romantics have revealed by the Telegraph which paint Bolter in a less favourable than Bird. While the Ukip investigation is ongoing,… Continue reading

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Ed Balls v Sarah Vine.

Handbags for Commons couples: Sarah Vine vs Ed Balls

9 December 2014 17:11

It was a battle of the Westminster couples last night as Yvette Cooper took to the airwaves on Tom Bradby’s ITV Agenda show. Snarkily commenting from the couch at home,… Continue reading

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Listen: Roger Helmer reveals Ukip’s approach to candidate selection

8 December 2014 15:45

Ralph Atkinson ranted this weekend that Ukip have ‘standards of democracy lower than the unelected European Commission’ after he was allegedly ousted as the Ukip candidate for Hastings and Rye in… Continue reading

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Nigel Mills goes cold turkey on crushing candy

8 December 2014 15:05

When the Sun found Nigel Mills had spent most of a select committee session playing Candy Crush on his iPad, the MP’s first response was to say he’d ‘try not… Continue reading

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Conservative MP Mark Field. Photo: BBC.

Top Tory rails against Osborne’s Stamp Duty reform

8 December 2014 11:43

Tory MP Mark Field is not a happy bunny about Osborne’s Autumn Statement. Writing to members of his association, the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster has blasted… Continue reading

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Tony Blair reaches out to Gove

4 December 2014 17:37

Tony Blair has taken some time out from posing awkwardly with his wife in order to pen a piece for the New York Times. While he tries to avoid getting… Continue reading

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Autumn Statement Tricks: Osborne confounds the betting market

3 December 2014 13:01

Ignore the numbers, the spin and the bleak borrowing – there is only one question that needs answering. What colour is the Chancellor’s tie? Ladbrokes were offering bets on the… Continue reading

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Tory MPs have new nickname for Carswell and Reckless

2 December 2014 9:33

There is no love lost between UKIP defectors Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless and their old Tory colleagues. Catty Conservative MPs have for some reason nicknamed the Ukip twosome ‘Popeye… Continue reading

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William Hague’s stuck record

1 December 2014 15:16

William Hague told the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards last week that he was standing down from the Commons ‘to do some other things I’ve always wanted to do’.… Continue reading

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Tories give Mark Reckless ‘worst office in Parliament’

28 November 2014 11:19

Earlier this year Zac Goldsmith complained that he had been given ‘the worst office of any MP in Parliament’ as punishment for his disparaging remarks about the coalition. Now word… Continue reading

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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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