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Camilla Cavendish to head Number 10 policy unit

21 May 2015 14:00
Camilla Cavendish at The Times CEO Summit in 2011.

As British politics becomes more presidential, the structure of Number 10 matters more and more. David Cameron values continuity, collegiality and calmness in his senior team and what is striking… Continue reading


Podcast: Gove’s battle for justice, the perils of a small majority and the Labour leadership contest

21 May 2015 8:58
Michael Gove arrives at The Royal Courts of Justice to be sworn in as Lord Chancellor on May 19, 2015 in London, England.

Repealing the Human Rights Act is one of the most difficult tasks the government faces. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan and barrister Greg… Continue reading


Germans propose linking the British renegotiation to Eurozone reform

20 May 2015 17:48

Wolfgang Schäuble’s decision to link the British renegotiation to changes to the governance of the Eurozone is highly significant. In an interview the German Finance Minister told the Wall Street… Continue reading


Does David Cameron have the patience to achieve substantive EU reform?

19 May 2015 9:06

David Cameron is wisely using his first 100 days to tackle the biggest challenge of this parliament head on: the EU referendum. This morning’s papers report that a new referendum… Continue reading


What Michael Gove told his civil servants

17 May 2015 13:18
(Photo: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

Michael Gove has been keeping a relatively low profile since being made Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor last weekend. I understand that he is keen to master the brief, and… Continue reading


George Osborne poaches Daily Mail’s political editor

16 May 2015 18:34
A picture shows the front door of number

George Osborne has moved to strengthen his personal, political operation by hiring the political editor of the Daily Mail James Chapman as his director of communications. This beefing up of… Continue reading


Podcast: the end of Miliband and the Tories’ one nation challenge

14 May 2015 21:39
Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning.

Ed Milband and his team were not ready for their major defeat on election night. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Dan Hodges discusses the final days of Miliband’s… Continue reading


London can be Blue again

14 May 2015 17:32
Image: Getty

In the midst of a glorious election night for the Conservatives on 7 May, London stubbornly resisted the swing across the rest of the country and went a darker shade… Continue reading


How Tory ministers could sneak out policies the House of Lords blocked

14 May 2015 15:38
Peers wait in the Chamber of the House o

Now that we can’t brace ourselves for the SNP ruling over Westminster and the Labour party as we’d been warned (though they still seem to be having a bit of… Continue reading


Tory rebels wait for first chance to pounce

14 May 2015 11:53
The European Court of Human Rights

That some Tory MPs wouldn’t like the idea of Michael Gove scrapping the Human Rights Act has been known for some time, but there is something else worth keeping an… Continue reading


Pandering to animal rights extremists will get MPs rejected, not elected

14 May 2015 11:47
David Cameron feeds a lamb in April 2015. Image: Getty

The reasons why England and Wales voted so convincingly for a Conservative Government on Thursday will be debated forever, but one of the most obvious is the complete rejection of… Continue reading


Cameron, May and Javid are trying to prove the Tories are the natural party of government

13 May 2015 8:53
British Prime Minister David Cameron hosts the first cabinet meeting with his new cabinet in Downing Street on May 12, 2015 in London, England.

The Tories are already putting some clear blue water between the coalition and the present majority government. Firstly, the new Business Secretary Sajid Javid has promised new tougher strike laws —… Continue reading


Jim Messina interview: how the pollsters got it wrong and why Labour lost

12 May 2015 16:07
Lynton Crosby and Jim Messina watch the Conservative victory unfold. Photo: @Messina2012.

Jim Messina is the American elections guru who got the general election right. Hired by the Conservatives as a strategy adviser in 2013, the Tories hoped he would emulate Barack Obama’s… Continue reading


David Cameron ‘absolutely clear’ about priorities in Cabinet address

12 May 2015 12:39
New Cabinet meets

As part of his new style of governing, David Cameron addressed Cabinet today with cameras recording the first bit. The idea was clearly to set out his mission for the… Continue reading


Rory Stewart’s mysterious promotion to Defra

12 May 2015 11:59
Rory Stewart, the Defence Select Committee chair (Photo: David Levenson/Getty)

One of the stranger appointments of this reshuffle so far has been Rory Stewart being sent to Defra. The former chair of the Defence Select Committee does represent a rural… Continue reading


Blue collar Conservatism is essential but difficult for the Tories

12 May 2015 8:55

David Cameron is holding the first all-Tory Cabinet meeting since 1997 today, and he is expected to emphasise his mission for this Government to be characterised by ‘blue-collar Conservatism’ in… Continue reading


No Cabinet job for Grant Shapps

11 May 2015 20:30
Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

The party chairman in a general election winning campaign can normally expect a plum job as a reward, especially when that victory was against the odds. Tonight, though, Grant Shapps… Continue reading


Podcast special: Cameron’s new cabinet and runners and riders for Labour leader

10 May 2015 23:17
Conservative  Chief Whip Michael Gove gives the thumbs up to a jeering labour supporter outside the Old Granada TV studios where the Labour party launched their election manifesto on April 13, 2015 in Manchester, England.

In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I discuss the beginnings of David Cameron’s new Cabinet and how the ministers announced so far demonstrate the Prime Minister’s reticence… Continue reading


Iain Duncan Smith to stay at Welfare

10 May 2015 22:06
Iain Duncan Smith must beware of ignoring warning signs about the implementation of the universal credit. Picture: Getty.

News has just broken that Iain Duncan Smith is to remain as Secretary for State for Work and Pensions. Now, normally a Cabinet Minister remaining in post would not be… Continue reading


How David Cameron will manage his Tory coalition

10 May 2015 11:54

Up until Thursday night, everything that David Cameron and George Osborne had done in government had had to be agreed by the Liberal Democrats. Every policy had to go through… Continue reading


Justice for Michael Gove

9 May 2015 22:05
Image: Getty

Michael Gove is the new Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, Downing Street has just announced. Chris Grayling will move to become Leader of the House. Number 10 is also confirming… Continue reading


There was one pollster who predicted a Conservative victory: Jim Messina

9 May 2015 15:50
Lynton Crosby and Jim Messina watch the Conservative victory unfold. Photo: @Messina2012.

The shock election result has resulted in a lot of finger pointing. Why did the pollsters not see a Tory victory on the horizon? Was Labour deluded in thinking they had… Continue reading


The final 2015 general election results

8 May 2015 16:21
Outgoing Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband, outgoing Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg and British Prime Minister David Cameron attend a VE Day service of remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London on May 8, 2015.

All of the results of the 2015 general election are in and we have a result: the Conservatives have a major of 12 seats. Here is a breakdown of the… Continue reading


Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the 2015 general election

8 May 2015 15:00
David Cameron (R) and his wife Samantha pose for pictures outside 10 Downing Street in London on May 8, 2015, a day after the British general election.

In our final podcast special of the 2015 general election, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and I discuss the astonishing results and what we can expect from David Cameron’s new Conservative government. Are we… Continue reading


As it happened: 2015 general election results

8 May 2015 8:55

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the 2015 general election results. We provided results and analysis overnight and throughout the day. You can read all the coverage below. Key points:… Continue reading