Conservatives

The left are the Tories’ best friends

15 February 2017 12:10

Modern British history is largely a history of Tory rule and misrule. The Tories governed Britain from 1886 until 1905…

Number 10 distancing itself from Law Commission’s secrecy proposals

13 February 2017 18:33

There has been an understandable, and justified, outcry about the Law Commission’s proposed changes to secrecy legislation. The current proposals…

Why the Lords won’t block Brexit

11 February 2017 10:35

The government has no majority in the House of Lords and a majority of peers were pro-Remain. But despite this,…

Motion of no confidence in Bercow tabled

9 February 2017 18:24

The Tory backbencher James Duddridge has formally tabled a motion of no confidence in the Speaker John Bercow. Duddridge’s attempt…

The House of Commons votes for Brexit

8 February 2017 20:33

The drink will be flowing in the government whips’ office tonight. For the Brexit Bill has passed through the Commons…

Why Theresa May isn’t the new Iron Lady

15 January 2017 8:00

Curbs on executive pay, restrictions on foreign takeovers and workers on boards. Not Jeremy Corbyn’s plan for Britain, but ideas…

Can Jeremy Corbyn reinvent himself as a Trot Trump?

10 January 2017 15:45

‘Populism’ is a useless word. By definition, anyone who wins an election is more popular than his or her opponents…

Full text: Theresa May’s ‘shared society’ speech

9 January 2017 13:30

Thank you for inviting me to be here this morning to deliver the prestigious Charity Commission Annual Lecture. I am…

What does Theresa May’s ‘shared society’ really mean?

8 January 2017 12:39

While getting the Tory leadership contest out of the way quickly was good for the country following the EU referendum,…

Philip Davies interview: I don’t like being bullied

6 January 2017 10:30

Philip Davies originally wanted to be a journalist but decided against it after coming to the conclusion that he lacked…

Theresa May won’t get a better chance to deal with the social care crisis

6 January 2017 8:57

What is the greatest problem facing Theresa May this year? The Prime Minister is preparing for her speech on what…

Podcast: Will Tories or Ukip profit from abandoned Labour voters?

23 December 2016 11:42

The Copeland by-election will be a fascinating test of whether Brexit can open up more votes for the Tories in…

Labour MP Jamie Reed takes the nuclear option and quits parliament

21 December 2016 14:04

Jamie Reed, the Labour MP for Copeland, has announced he is stepping down from Parliament from the end of January…

Strikes shouldn’t be able to shut down key railway lines

17 December 2016 10:31

300,000 people were hit by Aslef and the RMT’s strike on Southern Rail yesterday. The bad news for commuters is…

What the trouser row really tells us about Theresa May

12 December 2016 16:18

It would be extraordinary if a row about a pair of trousers had continued into a second week – if…

Theresa May: ‘I get so frustrated with Whitehall’

11 December 2016 8:30

The Prime Minister’s office is a small, unimpressive room in 10 Downing Street with miserable views and unexceptional furniture. Since…

Boris is fed up with being the butt of the government’s jokes

26 November 2016 10:27

In the autumn statement, Philip Hammond chose to mock Boris’ failed leadership bid. This wasn’t the first time that one…

Tory Brexiteers pressure May to quit EU single market and customs union

19 November 2016 10:10

Normally, the Saturday before an autumn statement would be dominated by speculation about what is in it. But, as I…

Britain’s troubled housing market is fuelling social immobility and resentment

7 November 2016 12:00

‘Prefabs to solve housing crisis,’ screamed the front page of the Sunday Telegraph last weekend. Can the shortage of homes…

Watch: Theresa May’s embarrassment after PMQs grandad gaffe

2 November 2016 12:34

Poor old Theresa May. The Prime Minister did her best to try and share some good feeling with those on the…

Amber Rudd is right, Orgreave is best consigned to the history books

1 November 2016 16:17

So, there will be no public inquiry into the Battle of Orgreave in 1984, and no left-wing lawyers making a…

Tory MP compares unpaid internships to the slave trade

1 November 2016 15:27

As the government considers a ban on unpaid internships, Theresa May has been accused of pursuing a ‘purge of the posh’.…

The Heathrow saga: What the papers are saying

26 October 2016 9:21

Heathrow’s third runway has won the backing of the Government but the long-running saga over the airport’s expansion rumbles on.…

Theresa May should ignore the privately-educated elite and press on with her grammar school plans

24 October 2016 12:12

It has become customary in the great grammar school debate to declare where you went to school. I attended the…

Theresa May’s Ukip opportunity

23 October 2016 11:13

Since Nigel Farage’s latest resignation as Ukip leader, it has become clear that he is the only person who can…