The Prime Minister Introduces His New Members Of Parliament

Who are the rising Tory stars?

28 August 2015 15:51

In this week’s Spectator, I profile the 2015 intake of Tory MPs: a bright, pragmatic bunch who don’t like to call themselves Thatcherite. Ministers who have sat in the Commons… Continue reading

Conservative Party co-chairman Grant Shapps arrives at Tory Party headquarters near Westminster on May 8, 2015 in London

Revealed: Wikipedia’s panic over Shapps fiasco

28 August 2015 14:59

During the election campaign a cloud hung over Grant Shapps, the then chairman of the Conservative party. In April, he was accused of editing his own Wikipedia profile and those of other politicians by Richard… Continue reading

18th July 2014 -- Protesters join the 'Not Dead Yet UK' campaign outside the House of Lords as peers debate Lord Falconer's Assisted Dying Bill.

Podcast: Charlie Falconer vs Douglas Murray on assisted dying

27 August 2015 9:07

The Assisted Dying Bill will return to the Commons and Lords in the near future – are we prepared for the consequences? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Douglas… Continue reading

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Lurch to the left or the right? Where Labour and the Tories must position themselves to win in 2020

16 August 2015 13:30

What are the best political positions for Labour and the Conservatives to take to win back more voters? The Tories want to maintain and extend their victory, while Labour is… Continue reading

British Prime Minister David Cameron Holidays In Portugal

When will David Cameron step down as Tory leader?

12 August 2015 12:01

Will David Cameron really consider staying on as Prime Minister for the 2020 election as well? Ever since the Sun on Sunday reported that some of the Tory leader’s colleagues… Continue reading

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Could tax credit cuts undermine the Tory claim to be the ‘Workers’ Party’?

10 August 2015 10:34

The Tories are on a mission to brand themselves the Workers’ Party while Labour messes about with its leadership contest. The party has got the energetic Robert Halfon as its… Continue reading

Prime Minister's Questions

The looming Tory rebellions to look out for this autumn

6 August 2015 16:04

Without wanting to dispel the utter euphoria that Tories are feeling at the current state of the Labour party, they do have a tricky autumn to get through which they… Continue reading


The Osborne Powerhouse is paying off: Chancellor soars ahead of other leadership rivals

4 August 2015 14:21

George Osborne is having a good summer. He got in first with wooing the new intake of Tory MPs, to the extent that many of them seem slightly besotted with… Continue reading


The Conservatives can become the party of mental health — here’s how

4 August 2015 10:00

For too long, Westminster has overlooked mental health. It has been languishing in funding obscurity for decades as a forgotten arm of the NHS. But thankfully, there was a shift… Continue reading

Caption:British Conservative politician Edward Heath (1916 - 2005) conducting an orchestra in rehearsal, Windsor, circa 1975.

No, Ted Heath’s ‘deeply closeted’ sexuality doesn’t mean he was a paedophile

4 August 2015 9:35

It is of course too soon to make any meaningful response to the Ted Heath allegations. However, in reporting the ‘mystery’ surrounding the former Prime Minister’s sexuality, the media and… Continue reading

G7 Finance Ministers Meet In Dresden

Breaking: Tory leadership contest underway

3 August 2015 10:41

Water cannons at the ready: the Tory leadership contest is officially underway. How does Mr S know this? Well, in a clear sign that George Osborne means business, he has… Continue reading

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Tory MPs congratulate Lynton Crosby on his election success

20 July 2015 17:09

Tory MPs are currently hearing from Lynton Crosby at a special meeting of the 1922 Committee on his election victory. Many of them are wryly amused that they are having to… Continue reading

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

Grant Shapps gets second ministerial job as his rehabilitation begins

15 July 2015 17:00

Grant Shapps has been given a second ministerial post at the Foreign Office this afternoon in which I understand is part of a rather apologetic rehabilitation process for the minister,… Continue reading


PMQs: the Tories are set for a happy summer holiday

15 July 2015 13:33

This was the last PMQs before the recess, and the Tory side of the House was in an end of term mood. When Harriet Harman stood up, the Tory benches… Continue reading

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SNP to vote against relaxing the hunting ban

13 July 2015 20:23

The SNP’s 56 MPs will vote against relaxing the hunting ban on Wednesday, the party has announced. The party’s stance was decided at a meeting of the party this evening,… Continue reading

Atherstone Hunt Celebrates It's 200th Anniversary

Pro-hunting MPs hopeful of victory – if the SNP stay away

13 July 2015 16:59

A very organised unofficial whipping operation is underway for Wednesday’s free vote on hunting (first revealed by Melissa Kite in the Spectator last week). I understand that the Tories who… Continue reading

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Number 10 ‘can square’ boundary reform losers

13 July 2015 14:16

Number 10 believes it will be able to ‘square’ all Tory MPs whose constituencies will be abolished or merged as part of the boundary changes, Coffee House understands. I hear… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Macmillan mission starts today

10 July 2015 8:54

Those in favour of more housebuilding in this country like to tell the story of Winston Churchill’s deal with Harold Macmillan in which the Prime Minister told his housing minister… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan takes photographer to task for calling her a ‘girl’

8 July 2015 11:53

With the press pack out in full force today to cover George Osborne’s budget, one photographer’s day has got off to a bad start. As Cabinet ministers Nicky Morgan and… Continue reading

The Avon Vale Hunt Meet Marks The Opening Of The Fox Hunting Season

Revealed: David Cameron’s plan to bring back hunting

7 July 2015 20:37

When Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever smoked marijuana he uttered the infamous cop-out that he had smoked it but had not inhaled. David Cameron’s position on hunting… Continue reading

Grayling works on TV licence reform

Tories nervous of EVEL rebellion

7 July 2015 15:54

MPs are getting very worked up in this afternoon’s emergency debate on English Votes for English Laws. Depending on which party they’re in, of course, they’re getting worked up about… Continue reading


Laurence Fox: I don’t like foxes

3 July 2015 13:51

Last night Brian May claimed that foxes are not vermin when he appeared on This Week to criticise government plans to repeal the ban on fox-hunting. The Queen guitarist argued… Continue reading

Charlotte Church met David Cameron at the 2012 Conservative Party Conference (Credit: Getty)

Charlotte Church to be reunited with David Cameron at this year’s Tory conference

30 June 2015 16:58

In 2012 Charlotte Church met with David Cameron at the Conservative Party Conference as part of a Hacked Off fringe event. Although the meeting appeared to be civil at the time,… Continue reading

Syed Kamall is vying to be the Tory candidate in the London mayoral election

Syed Kamall enters race to be Tory Mayor of London candidate

19 June 2015 18:03

Syed Kamall, the Conservative leader in the European Parliament, has entered the race to be the party’s Mayor of London candidate. The field now consists of Kamall, Andrew Boff, Sol Campbell, Stephen Greenhalgh,… Continue reading

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War of words: Louise Mensch vs Peter Hitchens (or could it be Steerpike?)

19 June 2015 15:07

While Mr S is used to reporting from the sideline on Twitter wars, he tends to refrain from taking part in them. So Steerpike was amused to find himself in… Continue reading