Jesse Norman

Peter Florence, Caroline Michel, Alan Yentob and Rosie Boycott at the GQ party

Alan Yentob admits he inspired W1A bicycle plotline

26 May 2015 13:26

With the BBC’s self satire W1A proving to be one of the corporation’s most popular shows, much has been made of whether the comedy is too close for comfort given that… Continue reading

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Are Cabinet seats being kept warm for rising stars?

13 May 2015 11:36

The reshuffle seems to have gone down reasonably well with Tory MPs – though there is as yet still no position for Nadhim Zahawi or Jesse Norman, which some think… Continue reading

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The reshuffle hasn’t mollified everyone

12 May 2015 13:24

With Dominic Raab’s appointment as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Justice, a pattern is starting to emerge in David Cameron’s reshuffle of reconciliations with old foes in a new parliament. Raab organised… Continue reading

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Dear Mary: Jesse Norman asks how to deal with defectors

13 December 2014 11:00

From Jesse Norman MP Q. We’ve been having a little local difficulty at work with one or two colleagues who vigorously assert their loyalty to the organisation, but then go… Continue reading


Revealed: the cross-party motion to stop Bercow in his tracks over clerk appointment

26 August 2014 11:38

With just a few days before the House of Commons returns for the autumn term, the revolt against John Bercow’s plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk of the House… Continue reading

Some of the guests on The Spectator's Christmas podcast.

Podcast special: Spectator writers, friends and foes make predictions for 2014

22 December 2013 17:03

We’re almost at the end of 2013, so here’s our extended special of  The View from 22 podcast. We’re delighted to bring together the best of The Spectator’s family and friends… Continue reading

The Tory leadership shunned the 2nd Conservative Renewal Conference.

A refreshing attempt to renew conservatism, boycotted by the Tory leadership

16 September 2013 22:30

Apropos of the current issue’s excellent cover story (‘The End of the Party’) about the hollowed husks that are today’s party conferences, I spent Saturday at the 2nd Conservative Renewal conference… Continue reading

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke mid-'twerk' at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York last month.

Ban the word ‘twerk’

16 September 2013 11:29

Jesse Norman MP, who used to lead the Prime Minister’s policy forum, is using his spare time to write for ConservativeHome. About twerking. For those of you who have missed… Continue reading

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‘To sack Jesse Norman over a moral issue like whether to support war is outrageous’

4 September 2013 11:58

Jesse Norman’s departure from the policy board hasn’t come as a huge surprise to many Tory MPs: I was with one after the vote who was subjecting his twitter feed… Continue reading

Jesse Norman is to leave the No.10 policy board. Photo: Getty Images

Exclusive: Jesse Norman to leave No.10 policy board after Syria vote

4 September 2013 10:42

Jesse Norman is to leave the Number 10 policy board after abstaining in last week’s vote on Syria, I have learned. It was made clear to the Tory MP, who… Continue reading

Tory backbencher Jesse Norman. Picture: PA

Jesse Norman interview: Edmund Burke, our chief of men

24 May 2013 9:00

When he arrived in London, Burke had a very brief career in law. He soon dedicated his time to critical thinking, writing and politics. Burke published a number of ground… Continue reading


Edmund Burke – a writer one should always read

20 May 2013 11:40

I thought readers might be interested in this piece in the current print edition of the magazine. It is my review of a very interesting new book on Edmund Burke,… Continue reading

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No 10′s outreach programme mustn’t leave underused MPs scratching their heads

30 April 2013 8:58

David Cameron is really trying to reach out to his party at the moment. The announcements of a policy board of MPs and a policy chief who is also an… Continue reading

Tory backbencher Jesse Norman. Picture: PA

Could Jesse Norman be the next Tory leader?

9 January 2013 16:52

He might want to stay Prime Minister until 2020, but who will succeed David Cameron once he’s gone? In this week’s Spectator, Bruce Anderson offers his own tip for the… Continue reading

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The Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards

21 November 2012 14:51

The Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards are being held this afternoon at the Savoy Hotel. In total 14 awards were presented by Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education,… Continue reading

The panel from last night's Spectator debate on whether George Osborne's economic plan is working.

The View from 22 – Battle of the Chancellors special

30 October 2012 14:26

The Spectator hosted a packed-out debate last night on the motion — ‘George Osborne isn’t working: we need a Plan B’ — and you can now hear the outcome for yourself. As Isabel… Continue reading


The depth of Tory feeling over Lords reform

19 April 2012 18:12

What should worry David Cameron about tonight’s meeting of the 1922 Committee on Lords reform was that it was not just the usual suspects who spoke out against it. The… Continue reading


The coalition’s self-repair effort will meet backbench resistance

26 April 2011 11:19

This week, breakage. Next week, super glue. Given the noises emanating from Downing Street, there’s little doubt that the Tory and Lib Dem leaderships are going to do a repair… Continue reading


What Kemp’s intervention says about local government

18 December 2010 18:31

An original Liberal Democrat councillor from Liverpool called Richard Kemp has labelled Eric Pickles and Grant Shapps Laurel and Hardy. Kemp is adamant that savings cannot be made by efficiencies alone;… Continue reading


Can the public purse get some of its money back from PFI contractors?

1 December 2010 19:48

Asking PFI contractors to voluntarily give back some of the money that they are due from the government might seem like rather a hopeless task. But the PFI-Rebate campaign launched… Continue reading


The Big Society is a threat to Labour

25 November 2010 9:01

If you think there really is a big idea behind the Big Society, then you agree with the unlikely pairing of Jon Cruddas (Lab, Dagenham) and Jesse Norman (Con, Hereford).… Continue reading