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May 2016 elections: The Spectator guide

4 May 2016 18:38

Britain goes to the polls this week, as electoral contests take place in London, Scotland, Wales and across England. They’re…

The Spectator podcast: When the right goes wrong

30 April 2016 8:30

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The Spectator podcast: When the right goes wrong

28 April 2016 8:10

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Hunt hits back – but is he now pulling his punches?

26 April 2016 9:10

Jeremy Hunt has not done himself any favours in the past with his comments about junior doctors. But today –…

Boris Johnson Attends The Opening Of West London Free School

Why Tory MPs are so worked up about forced academisation

21 April 2016 16:40

Tory MPs remain confident that they will force the government into a U-turn over forced academisation. Though departmental sources are…

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Will Ruth Davidson’s ski-doo stunts pay off at the ballot box?

12 April 2016 16:43

Just a few days into the official campaign for the Holyrood elections and Ruth Davidson has had to change her…

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Parliament is becoming an easy place for ministers to calm rows

12 April 2016 9:15

The government has had a messy few weeks: that much is clear. And the latest mess, which is the row…

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Watch: Zac Goldsmith’s awkward TfL interview – ‘I’m going to stop you there’

5 April 2016 14:18

Oh dear. With Sadiq Khan leading the polls ahead of the upcoming London mayoral election, Zac Goldsmith has his work…

Jeremy Corbyn is the John Terry of British politics

5 April 2016 12:19

Jeremy Corbyn has launched Labour’s local election campaign today with the promise that his party will stand up to the…

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Why has the government been so behind the curve on steel?

2 April 2016 10:30

This hasn’t been a good week for the government. As I say in my Sun column today, it has been…

The Spectator podcast: Eugenics, Tory wars and poetry

31 March 2016 8:25

We’re delighted to have Berry Bros sponsor our flagship podcast. For some years now their ‘Good Ordinary Claret‘ has been The Spectator’s house red, served to all our guests…

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Cameron can’t just focus on the EU referendum

26 March 2016 10:00

Early on in his leadership, David Cameron was clear that he wanted the Tories to stop ‘banging on about Europe.’…

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PMQs unifies Tory MPs and weakens Jeremy Corbyn

23 March 2016 14:03

On Sunday at noon, few would have predicted that Tory MPs would have come out of PMQs cheered and unified. But…

European Leaders Gather In Brussels For EU Crunch Summit

How can David Cameron fix the Tory row over the Budget?

21 March 2016 10:01

Last week’s Budget was supposed to be boring, but is still splashed across the front pages of the newspapers this…

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Iain Duncan Smith warns government in danger of ‘dividing society’

20 March 2016 10:28

In one of the most extraordinary political interviews of recent times, Iain Duncan Smith has warned that the government ‘is…

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Stephen Crabb: how my mother inspired my vision of welfare reform

19 March 2016 11:00

Earlier, I republished my interview with Stephen Crabb, the new Work and Pensions Secretary. He was, then, Wales Secretary – not all…

U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Presents The Autumn Statement

George Osborne should have gone to the Foreign Office after the election

19 March 2016 10:10

Imagine how different politics would be now if George Osborne had moved to the Foreign Office after the election. He…

Jeremy Corbyn Addresses A Refugees Welcome Here Rally

New YouGov poll puts Labour ahead

18 March 2016 8:48

When an ICM phone poll this week had Labour level with the Tories for the first time since Jeremy Corbyn…

U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Delivers 2015 Spring Budget

Don’t expect Budget fireworks from George Osborne

12 March 2016 10:00

Don’t expect ‘fireworks’ from the Budget one of Osborne’s closest political allies told me this week. Ahead of the Budget…

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The Left are making a pact with God over Sunday trading laws

9 March 2016 17:44

Later today, barring last minute developments, Labour and SNP MPs will temporarily unite with the Conservatives’ religious right to defeat…

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Can Boris do as effective a job for Out as Cameron is doing for In?

5 March 2016 10:00

Pro-Brexit Tory Cabinet Minister would, I suspect, not be complaining about the government’s referendum campaign tactics if they didn’t fear…

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Boris tries to drag David Cameron back to talking about his EU deal

4 March 2016 17:30

Boris Johnson’s attack on David Cameron’s EU deal as achieving ‘no real change’ is part of the very high-profile campaign…

David Cameron Chairs The Weekly Cabinet Meeting

IDS’ furious attack on the ‘In’ campaign threatens Tory unity post-referendum

4 March 2016 8:55

Iain Duncan Smith’s attack on the ‘In’ campaign today doesn’t just show us how febrile the referendum campaign is going…

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Tory MPs to push ministers further on snooping bill

2 March 2016 17:44

Tory MPs believe they have sufficient numbers of would-be rebels to be able to amend the government’s Investigatory Powers Bill,…

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How Tory MPs could cause more trouble in EU document ban row

1 March 2016 16:56

Sir Jeremy Heywood is currently insisting to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs select committee that there is absolutely nothing…