Smug Hillary Clinton wins the first presidential debate. Donald Trump looks like a plonker

27 September 2016 6:10

So, Donald Trump was being quite truthful when he let it be known that he hadn’t swotted up too much for the first presidential…

John McDonnell’s disastrous Newsnight interview

26 September 2016 23:25

It’s been a long day for John McDonnell. On top of making his conference speech, the Shadow Chancellor has spoken…

Labour moderates split over whether to serve on Corbyn’s frontbench

26 September 2016 21:30

Whether or not to serve on Labour’s frontbench is a question of the same order of asking whether the deck…

Falkland Islands’ pitch to Jeremy Corbyn falls on deaf ears

26 September 2016 19:32

In a crowded field, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s more controversial suggestions during his time as Labour leader has been putting…

When Boris finally meets Erdogan, I hope they discuss his rude poem

26 September 2016 19:14

In March of this year the Turkish government complained about an item on German television which was critical of Recep…

If archaeology students can’t cope with ‘scary bones’, they really are doomed

26 September 2016 17:16

Just when you thought the trigger-warning trend on campus couldn’t get any more bonkers it’s reported that archaeology students are…

Lessons for the Prime Minister’s speech-writer

26 September 2016 16:16

To a new Prime Minister’s speech-writer the party conference approaches like a bullet train. If my friend, Sir Ronald Millar,…

Corbyn’s team clash over Trident

26 September 2016 15:23

Today Clive Lewis, the shadow Defence Secretary, used his conference speech to say that Labour has a clear policy in…

John McDonnell sends taxpayers running for the hills

26 September 2016 15:23

John McDonnell’s speech was a chance to win over voters. But while his pitch went down well in the hall…

Labour members’ stand-off with MPs shows things can only get more bitter

26 September 2016 15:14

Jeremy Corbyn might have wanted to wipe the slate clean and start over with his MPs after the summer’s leadership…

Six things to expect from tonight’s Trump vs Clinton TV debate

26 September 2016 13:37

Tonight’s first televised debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, on Long Island, New York, is expected to generate a…

Full speech: John McDonnell at Labour conference

26 September 2016 13:00

Now the leadership election is over, I tell you, we have to become a government in waiting. An election could…

Labour must hold the Tories to account on Brexit

26 September 2016 12:40

John McDonnell is now speaking at the Labour conference, and will pledge to match the regional funding that communities will…

Coffee House Shots: Labour conference’s uneasy peace

26 September 2016 12:14

Labour’s conference is well underway but the mood so far is far from lively. Rather than rallying around their newly…

John McDonnell’s fight against capitalism steps up a gear

26 September 2016 10:37

With Labour’s bloody leadership contest behind them, John McDonnell wants to get back to business. This is a man who…

Labour’s anti-Semitism problem compared to ‘an over-whipped soufflé’

26 September 2016 10:04

Although reports and actions in the past year have suggested that Corbyn’s Labour might just have a problem when it…

Labour conference, day two: The Spectator guide

26 September 2016 7:36

It’s day two of the Labour Party conference. Here’s the Spectator’s guide to what to look out for today: Main…

WATCH: Tristram Hunt lays into Corbyn at Progress rally

25 September 2016 19:54

Well that didn’t last long. After Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as Labour leader on Saturday, Corbyn sceptic MPs appeared to put…

How long will the brittle peace at Labour’s conference survive?

25 September 2016 19:50

Labour conference is now firmly underway in Liverpool, as is the ‘World Transformed’ festival organised by Corbynite grassroots organisation Momentum.…

Reason for cheer at Momentum’s rival conference

25 September 2016 17:59

While the mood at Labour Conference is notably low this year, across town at Momentum’s ‘The World Transformed’ festival the…

Derek Hatton makes a return to Labour conference

25 September 2016 15:53

Earlier this month, Derek Hatton told Mr S of his dismay after the former deputy leader of Liverpool Council’s application…

Jeremy Corbyn’s fresh start doesn’t sound convincing

25 September 2016 11:38

If Jeremy Corbyn set out in his Marr interview to reassure his critics in the Labour Party that this is…

Why there will be no new shadow Cabinet for weeks

25 September 2016 11:11

Normally, a leadership election is followed by the leader appointing a new top team. But that won’t be happening in…

Bust-up over influence of Scottish Labour

25 September 2016 9:47

Now that Jeremy Corbyn has won, the fight moves to the jungle of Labour Party rules, regulations and procedures. Whoever…