Jesse Norman

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Theresa May’s new ministry of posh

2 August 2016 15:39

Apart from Boris, where have all the posh boys (and girls) gone in Theresa May’s government? The answer, curiously, is…

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Revealed: Osborne’s Budget giveaways for Tory marginals

25 November 2015 19:29

Back in March, the Plymouth Herald was delighted by ‘a Budget with plenty for Plymouth’. As Mark Gettleson noted on Coffee…

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…

First Conservative Cabinet Meeting Of The New Government

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…

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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…

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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…


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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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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…


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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…


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…

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…

What Kemp’s intervention says about local government

18 December 2010 18:31

An original Liberal Democrat councillor from Liverpool called Richard Kemp haslabelled Eric Pickles and Grant Shapps Laurel and Hardy. Kemp is…

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…

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…