Grant Shapps


Tory knives dangle over Grant Shapps

17 March 2015 15:01

Though his Conservative colleagues have largely been very supportive of Grant Shapps during the latest row about his alter ego Michael Green, there is a contingent in the party who… Continue reading

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

Labour aims fire at Grant Shapps over second job allegations

16 March 2015 8:52

How damaging for the Tories is the row about Grant Shapps’ second job? While it is quite easy to write up the Conservative chairman’s business past in a way that… Continue reading

CCHQ's campaign invites have been sent to members of the opposition

Tories ‘have fixed’ beleaguered campaign database

2 March 2015 14:46

The Conservatives believe they have fixed their beleaguered campaign database, VoteSource, after increasing complaints from MPs. Coffee House understands that a number of MPs in marginal seats complained to party… Continue reading

Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Alex Salmond: Time for American citizens to enjoy haggis

16 February 2015 15:29

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has backed Steerpike’s campaign to overturn the US haggis import ban, gleefully admitting it ‘looks like we might be getting somewhere.’ Welcoming last week’s developments,… Continue reading


Grant Shapps: Haggis is not terrorism

12 February 2015 14:22

Haggis was on the menu at the Tories’ Black and White Ball on Monday, and now it’s on the political agenda too. In an otherwise dry speech on the Transatlantic… Continue reading


Ukip: We won’t do pacts with other parties

30 January 2015 16:15

Who wants to work with who after the General Election? It’s a question that pundits like to chew over, partly because few politicians can afford to rule anything out with… Continue reading

Grant Shapps giving a press conference in Westminster this morning.

Grant Shapps defends ‘successful’ defection of Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir

30 January 2015 12:16

January has been 30 days of chaos for Labour, according to Grant Shapps — but what about the Tories’ bad headlines? In a press conference this morning, Shapps outlined all… Continue reading

Grant Shapps and Team 2015 at the Conservative Party Conference. Photo: Getty Images.

Grant Shapps faces planted questions on LBC – before coming up against a real voter

6 January 2015 19:37

Anyone listening to Grant Shapps on LBC this afternoon will have noticed he was given a fairly easy ride from a number of the callers phoning-in. Rather than the typical… Continue reading

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Why must Grant Shapps spoil a good story with a porkie?

29 December 2014 19:09

An email arrives from Grant Shapps, chairman of the Tory Party, listing the things the Coalition has achieved in four years.  Here they are:- Our economy has grown faster than… Continue reading

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 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