Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps addressing the Conservative conference. Image: Getty

The Tories think that Mark Reckless is beatable — and they have the anger to fight

28 September 2014 15:54

The Tory Party is angry. Making my way into the conference centre, every Tory Minister and MP I bumped into wanted to vent about Mark Reckless. Unlike with Douglas Carswell,… Continue reading

Nigel Farage in Newark yesterday. Why was he missing from the by-election? Photo: Getty Images.

Six things we’ve learnt from the Newark by-election

6 June 2014 11:42

So, the Tories have managed to hold onto Newark with a surprising 7,000 majority. For Ukip, it was a disappointing evening as they failed to come close to taking the… Continue reading

The Conservative's campaign office in Newark. Can they translate their success here to a national election? Photo: Getty Images.

The Tories have triumphed in Newark. Can they do the same in a national campaign?

6 June 2014 10:56

The Tories now have a great deal of confidence after Newark. It’s not just, as George Osborne said on the Today programme this morning, that ‘this all shows that if… Continue reading

David Cameron and Boris Johnson visit to Newark

Newark campaigning strategy cheers up Tory activists

2 June 2014 17:49

One of the spin-offs of Grant Shapps’ cheesy-sounding yet quite impressive ‘Team 2015′ strategy for campaigning in the local elections and now in Newark is that the energetic campaigning atmosphere… Continue reading


Grant Shapps has built an activists’ team to fight for the Tories in Newark – and in 2015

2 June 2014 16:36

The CCHQ strategy is to never to talk about strategy, but Tory chairman Grant Shapps cannot hide his excitement on this Saturday afternoon. Just a week after the Conservative Party came… Continue reading

Prime Minster British Prime Minister David Cameron Attends A Rally Before European And Local Elections

Candidate fury at CCHQ campaign demands

23 May 2014 17:04

Conservative MPs and candidates are, it’s fair to say, pretty exhausted this afternoon after last-minute campaigning for the local and European elections and all-nighters watching the results come in. But… Continue reading


Shapps slaps down fresh calls for Ukip pact

23 May 2014 7:27

Inevitably, given Ukip has made strong gains overnight, some Conservative MPs have been renewing their calls for a Tory-Ukip pact. Conservative ministers have been quick to brush this off, with… Continue reading


On the road with the Tories

16 May 2014 15:30

The Conservatives are holding another one of their road trips tomorrow, this time to Chester and Cheadle, where about 120 activists and MPs will hold a ‘day of action’ where… Continue reading

Conservative MPs need to realise that Ed Miliband is the enemy, not their own leader.

Ed Miliband needs a strategy more than he needs a makeover

15 May 2014 11:09

David Axelrod has parachuted into London to give Ed Miliband a ‘makeover’. Miliband needs all the foundation and blusher he can get; but a trip to the battleground in Newark… Continue reading

David Cameron in a Bristol branch of Nando's

Shapps: ‘I’ll be jealous if the PM gets a Nando’s black card’

9 May 2014 12:38

David Cameron’s trip to fast food chain Nando’s last night has caused a stir, with countless ‘selfies’ of the peri-peri PM appearing online before anyone could even whisper ‘cynical PR… Continue reading

The Conservative Party Annual Conference

View from 22 Special: Grant Shapps interview

19 April 2014 10:00

listen to ‘Podcast special: Grant Shapps interview’ on Audioboo Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps is never off-message, knowingly or otherwise. He gave an interview to The Spectator earlier this week… Continue reading

Esther McVey, Zac Goldsmith, Nicola Blackwood, Matthew Offord, Mark Field and Grant Shapps.

Briefing: Maria Miller’s marginal critics

8 April 2014 17:35

Day five into the Maria Miller debacle and the calls for her resignation keep on coming. As Isabel reported earlier, more MPs are starting to break cover. Many of the… Continue reading


Tory Wars: Backbenchers threaten backlash against Shapps backlash

22 March 2014 12:42

There is a rather furious backlash underway against the backlash that Grant Shapps finds himself in the middle of after his bingo gaffe. Supporters of the Tory Chairman suspect he… Continue reading

Some of the spoofs of Grant Shapps' Tory Bingo poster.

#ToryBingo: why politicians can’t ignore twitterstorms

21 March 2014 14:33

The row over Grant Shapps’ bingo poster is an example of what happens when politicians assume that what goes in the Westminster bubble stays there. David Cameron and Paul Dacre… Continue reading


Tories: There never was a bingo poster

20 March 2014 8:38

George Osborne got the front pages he wanted this morning. ‘A budget for Sun readers’ proclaims his target newspaper. But Labour, which doesn’t have very much to say about the… Continue reading

Sir John Major has been doing a lot of talking recently.

Tories talking to themselves

25 February 2014 11:31

If Grant Shapps and John Major gave a speech but no journalists were there to cover it, did it really happen? That’s what happened today. The Tories invited one pooled… Continue reading

OK!/Con schmoozers Richard Desmond and Grant Shapps

Shapps and Desmond bond at Conservative Friends of Israel lunch

25 November 2013 18:13

It’s hard enough to get Tory MPs through the same division lobby, let alone  to get them to sit around the same table. So when government ministers William Hague, Iain… Continue reading

Grant Shapps today announced that the Conservatives would select candidates for 2015 using the existing constituency boundaries. Picture: Getty.

Can the Tories become a mass membership party again?

11 November 2013 17:56

In the average Tory seat, only around 0.5% of Tory voters are Tory members. Grants Shapps, the Tory chairman, wants to change this. He’s written to every Tory MP asking… Continue reading


Police drop investigation into Grant Shapps’ former business

1 November 2013 17:01

One of the stranger rows since the Coalition formed has been over Tory chairman Grant Shapps/Michael Green, and whether or not businesses he ran before entering politics were engaged in… Continue reading

Jack Straw Is Recalled To Give Evidence At the Iraq Inquiry

Didn’t the BBC know that Will Straw is a PPC before his dad told them?

29 October 2013 14:42

Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw was on today’s Daily Politics, gushing with pride that his son Will is Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the seat of Rossendale and Darwen in… Continue reading

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

Grant Shapps: Britain can do better than a Labour government

29 September 2013 14:57

Manchester Central is a beautiful, cavernous conference venue. But it also seems to be acting as a bit of an atmosphere sink today. When Grant Shapps bounded onto the conference… Continue reading

Amnesty protestors in Vilnius, Lithuania. Image: Getty

The worrying ‘hyper-inflation’ of human rights

11 September 2013 14:34

There is a term which ought to be in better use – ‘human rights inflation’. This is the means by which the currency of ‘human rights’ – which used to… Continue reading

Andy Burnham says Labour has until the spring to sort itself out.

Ed Miliband is caught in Andy Burnham’s crossfire

10 August 2013 10:41

Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, has given an interview to the Guardian which has excited the Tories. Tory chairman Grant Shapps has said: ‘This shows that even senior members of… Continue reading

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

Shapps’s trinity of Labour weaknesses

31 July 2013 7:00

Grant Shapps’ latest broadside against Labour shows how keen the Tories are to frame the next election not as a referendum on their performance in government but as a choice… Continue reading


Grant Shapps’ peacemaking letter to Tory grassroots

29 May 2013 12:40

Largely because of events, the febrile atmosphere in the Tory party has gone as damp as the weather after weeks of bickering. A combination of the Woolwich killing and recess… Continue reading