The Spectator podcast: The Tory leadership contest turns nasty

2 July 2016 10:00

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Forget the fighting. We’re entering a period of unparalleled opportunity for the Tories

1 July 2016 16:25

Auf wiedersehen, Boris. He’ll be back, like a blond, bloated Voldemort inhabiting another life form – Top Gear host? Archbishop…

Why Labour has gone eerily quiet – and what happens next

1 July 2016 15:55

Labour has gone oddly quiet today, and that’s not just because the party is enjoying the mayhem in the Conservative…

Perhaps, after all, sexual morality does still matter in politics

1 July 2016 12:25

This is not something that we are keen to discuss, for we are pretty sure that we have become far…

George Osborne admits he’ll miss his own surplus target

1 July 2016 12:14

Finally George Osborne has seen an upside to Britain voting to leave the European Union. The Chancellor used this morning…

Andrea Leadsom overtakes Michael Gove to become second favourite in Tory leadership race

1 July 2016 12:00

As Michael Gove finished speaking, the bookmakers have reported that Andrea Leadsom has overtaken the Justice Secretary when it comes…

The big question that Michael Gove still has to answer

1 July 2016 11:43

Michael Gove had two clear aims in his leadership campaign launch speech. The first was to explain what the hell…

‘Whatever charisma is, I don’t have it’ – full text of Michael Gove’s leadership speech

1 July 2016 11:30

This past week has been a momentous one for our country, the like of which we have not seen for…

Tory party braced for deep divisions during leadership contest

1 July 2016 10:59

The Tory party is waking up this morning reeling from one of its most dramatic days since, well, last week,…

Competition: find a Game of Thrones analogy for Michael Gove’s usurping of Boris

1 July 2016 10:54

In the bloody annals of Westminster history, has there ever been an act of treachery greater than Michael Gove’s knifing…

‘There were no stragglers’: The Spectator reports from the Somme, July 1916

1 July 2016 9:34

This piece first appeared in the Spectator in July 1916: Our men have advanced with an elan and a spirit…

A nasty Tory leadership battle favours one person: Theresa May

1 July 2016 7:47

Even by the standards of Westminster politics, yesterday’s developments will be remembered for a long time. But meanwhile, in the…

Jeremy Corbyn’s Israel comments prompt a fresh outbreak of Labour civil war

30 June 2016 16:45

On a day when the Conservative party leadership has been thrown into disarray, there ought to be an opportunity for Labour…

I always defended Michael Gove. Then I met him

30 June 2016 15:17

This piece first appeared in The Spectator on 15 March 2014.  A few weeks ago, I was a guest at…

This must be what happens when you put journalists in charge

30 June 2016 14:45

Are we learning, rather painfully, what happens when you let journalists take over? Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are political hacks,…

Why did Michael Gove suddenly withdraw his support from Boris Johnson?

30 June 2016 14:38

So, what happened? As late as yesterday afternoon, Michael Gove was trying to persuade fellow Cabinet Ministers to back Boris…

Exclusive: Team Gove explains why he dropped Boris

30 June 2016 14:28

Michael Gove’s newly-formed campaign team have been ringing around shocked Tory MPs in the past couple of hours to explain…

Why Jeremy Corbyn is absolutely right not to resign as Labour leader

30 June 2016 14:11

Jeremy Corbyn is absolutely right not to resign as Leader of the Labour Party. Those calling for his resignation –…

The official candidates to be Tory leader and their pitches to the party

30 June 2016 13:57

The 1922 Committee has announced the final line-up in the Tory leadership race, after an extremely dramatic morning. The official…

Boris Johnson: Next Tory leader ‘cannot be me’

30 June 2016 11:56

‘My friends, you have waited for the punchline of this speech’ said Boris Johnson after 11 minutes of what sounded…

Boris Johnson: I will not be the next Tory leader

30 June 2016 11:50

Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the Tory leadership race. Here is his full speech: Last week the people…

Chaos and fury in Team Boris as support bleeds to Gove

30 June 2016 11:39

Boris Johnson is about to go ahead with his leadership campaign launch without the man who has pulled so much…

Theresa May launches her Conservative leadership bid

30 June 2016 10:42

Theresa May has launched her Conservative leadership bid this morning. Her scheduled announcement came just moments after Michael Gove announced…

Why Michael Gove is the leader shy Tories need

30 June 2016 10:35

In February The Spectator’s Emily Hill explained why Michael Gove was the leader the Leave campaign needed – and why…

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