election 2015

Alistair Carmichael attends a Cabinet Committee  meeting in September 2014 (Photo: Getty)

Alistair Carmichael responsible for Nicola Sturgeon leak

22 May 2015 15:33

During the election campaign the Telegraph reported that Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to remain Prime Minister, after a memo was leaked to them which included an account of a private conversation between Sturgeon and the… Continue reading

Labour leader Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman chat during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

Jeremy Paxman: BBC licence fee can’t last

19 May 2015 17:51

Although Jeremy Paxman spent several decades working for the BBC, the presenter took an opportunity at a Royal Television Society talk today to cast doubt over its future. With the BBC’s charter renewal… Continue reading

Prince Charles meets Evgeny Lebedev during a visit to the Standard and Independent offices (Photo: Jeremy Selwyn/Getty)

Was it Evgeny Lebedev wot won it?

17 May 2015 7:03

During this election, every newspaper endorsed the party that most of their readers support – with two exceptions. The Independent and the Evening Standard, who have left-leaning readerships, both backed… Continue reading

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Kezia Dugdale deputy leader arrive at the Labour headquarters Glasgow.Photo David Cheskin.16.05.2015.

Jim Murphy resigns as Scottish Labour leader and condemns Len McCluskey

16 May 2015 16:36

Jim Murphy is quitting Scottish Labour. After only narrowly surviving a vote of no confidence from the party’s executive this morning, Murphy announced that after a ‘terrible election defeat’, he… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft’s polling overlooked many of the real election battlegrounds

15 May 2015 17:50

Lord Ashcroft has likened the current state of the polling industry with that of the Liberal Democrats, but he could quite have easily chosen the Labour party as a comparison.… Continue reading

Labour leader Ed Miliband unveils Labour's pledges carved into a stone plinth in Hastings during General Election campaigning.

Podcast: the end of Miliband and the Tories’ one nation challenge

14 May 2015 21:39

Ed Milband and his team were not ready for their major defeat on election night. On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Dan Hodges discusses the final days of Miliband’s… Continue reading


Memo to David Aaronovitch: we’re not all metrosexual now

14 May 2015 12:40

Still inside that bubble, David Aaronovitch informs us that, regardless of the election result, we are all of a metrosexual mindset, whatever that is. Like it or not, the country… Continue reading

David Cameron feeds a lamb in April 2015. Image: Getty

Pandering to animal rights extremists will get MPs rejected, not elected

14 May 2015 11:47

The reasons why England and Wales voted so convincingly for a Conservative Government on Thursday will be debated forever, but one of the most obvious is the complete rejection of… Continue reading

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Tom Baldwin says BBC showed more bias against Labour than the Tories

13 May 2015 11:14

Ed Miliband’s spin doctor Tom Baldwin has been rather quiet since Labour’s disastrous election night results. Now the former Times journalist has explained his radio silence in an article for the… Continue reading

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It’s Labour’s loss if they don’t take Ukip voters seriously

13 May 2015 11:08

Almost four million people voted for Ukip on 7 May. That, in itself, is an astonishing achievement for a party which is a) newish and b) endured more vilification than even… Continue reading

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The polling debacle – and the wisdom of Walt Whitman

12 May 2015 18:45

I was at the IEA/Taxpayers’ Alliance post-election conference yesterday, listening to Lord Ashcroft giving facts and figures about why voters chose the Tories. Given how wrong all of the pollsters were,… Continue reading


Some advice to people angered by the election: add some Tories on Facebook

12 May 2015 16:29

My father recently passed away, and the stories people inevitably tell of the dead brought back memories of childhood. As a small boy I remember Sunday lunches that culminated with… Continue reading

Lynton Crosby and Jim Messina watch the Conservative victory unfold. Photo: @Messina2012.

Jim Messina interview: how the pollsters got it wrong and why Labour lost

12 May 2015 16:07

Jim Messina is the American elections guru who got the general election right. Hired by the Conservatives as a strategy adviser in 2013, the Tories hoped he would emulate Barack Obama’s… Continue reading

A series of election posters produced by the British Labour Party during the 1950s (Photo:  Getty)

Labour lost the working-class vote a long time ago

12 May 2015 15:10

What’s Labour’s problem? Following its fantastic drubbing at the polls, the most common answer to that question is that the party has for too long ignored its traditional base: working-class… Continue reading


It’s not just pollsters. David Cameron has also confounded economists with his jobs miracle

12 May 2015 7:17

David Cameron realised rather late on that the job miracle, rather than George Osborne’s dubious claims about deficit reduction, was the main economic boast of the last few years. And rightly: he… Continue reading

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

No Cabinet job for Grant Shapps

11 May 2015 20:30

The party chairman in a general election winning campaign can normally expect a plum job as a reward, especially when that victory was against the odds. Tonight, though, Grant Shapps… Continue reading

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Winner of the Guardian’s election sweepstake finds victory isn’t sweet

11 May 2015 17:29

Mr S previously reported that there were plans to donate the Guardian‘s election sweepstake to a foodbank. The decision was made after the organisers assumed that none of their employees could have… Continue reading

Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Sajid Javid and John Whittingdale are all members of David Cameron's new cabinet.

As it happened: post-election Cabinet reshuffle

11 May 2015 9:06

Welcome to The Spectator’s coverage of David Cameron’s post-election reshuffle. Here are the latest appointments along with analysis. Key appointments: New appointments: Michael Gove (Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor), Sajid Javid (Business Secretary), Amber Rudd… Continue reading

Disraeli, who never used the phrase "one nation Conservatism".

How David Cameron can unite the Tories behind his One Nation conservatism

11 May 2015 7:24

The Cabinet reshuffle is now underway, with IDS back in welfare and Michael Gove as Justice Secretary, with a brief to sort out the Human Rights Agenda mess. So David Cameron… Continue reading

Dan Jarvis, by Kyle Webster

Dan Jarvis: why I won’t run as Labour leader (and why we lost)

10 May 2015 23:43

Excerpts from his article in The Times today. Do read the whole thing (here). “I won’t be putting my name forward in the coming leadership contest. It’s not the right… Continue reading

Lynton Crosby and Jim Messina watch the Conservative victory unfold. Photo: @Messina2012.

There was one pollster who predicted a Conservative victory: Jim Messina

9 May 2015 15:50

The shock election result has resulted in a lot of finger pointing. Why did the pollsters not see a Tory victory on the horizon? Was Labour deluded in thinking they had… Continue reading

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With 56 SNPs and just one Ukip MP, how can the Commons reflect the UK’s political will?

9 May 2015 11:06

Firm, but unfair – that’s the motto of Westminster’s first-past-the-post voting system and Conservatives will today be raising a glass to it. But the House of Commons is now a… Continue reading

David and Samantha Cameron re-entering 10 Downing Street earlier this afternoon. Image: Getty

The reshuffle has begun – but the real excitement will happen on Monday

8 May 2015 17:49

David Cameron has reappointed several of the most senior members of the government. George Osborne stays as Chancellor, Theresa May remains Home Secretary, Philip Hammond Foreign Secretary and Michael Fallon… Continue reading

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Cabinet reshuffle: George Osborne, Theresa May, Michael Fallon and Philip Hammond remain in their posts

8 May 2015 16:49

David Cameron has ‘reshuffled’ his Cabinet. George Osborne has been re-appointed as Chancellor, and will also be First Secretary of State, as were William Hague and Peter Mandelson. The title implies… Continue reading

Outgoing Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband, outgoing Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg and British Prime Minister David Cameron attend a VE Day service of remembrance at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London on May 8, 2015.

The final 2015 general election results

8 May 2015 16:21

All of the results of the 2015 general election are in and we have a result: the Conservatives have a major of 12 seats. Here is a breakdown of the… Continue reading