Theresa May

Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Peers launch bid to neuter controversial ‘stateless’ plan in Immigration Bill

28 March 2014 12:44

Remember that rather curious change to the Immigration Bill that would render foreign-born terror suspects ‘stateless’ that ministers managed to sneak through while most MPs were in a tizz about… Continue reading

Is Britain working?

The British jobs miracle

19 March 2014 22:38

George Osborne rather glossed over the single most solid piece of good news in the Budget today: the Jobs Miracle. His pensions announcement means that tomorrow’s papers are likely to… Continue reading

Protesters at a pro-immigration rally in London.Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Five things you need to know about the ‘suppressed’ immigration report

6 March 2014 21:48

With a mere whimper, the government has released its controversial report (pdf) on the effects of immigration on ‘native UK employment’. Following Newsnight’s revelations that the report was being ‘held back’,… Continue reading

Those vans

The BBC’s immigration scare story

5 March 2014 12:11

The BBC’s enthusiasm for anything that might undermine the Government’s immigration policy was demonstrated yet again by the excitable tone of last night’s Newsnight report (above). The thrust of the… Continue reading

86th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room

Theresa May: it’s time to stamp out slavery. Again.

3 March 2014 16:43

In his Oscars acceptance speech Steve McQueen declared he was dedicating the award for his film 12 Years A Slave to ‘all the people who have endured slavery. And to… Continue reading


Cooper’s stop-and search intervention shows danger of giving ground

18 February 2014 8:58

David Cameron and his political aides are reportedly stalling over reform of stop-and-search powers because they fear it will dilute the Tories’ tough-on-crime message. But this means that Labour, circling… Continue reading

Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Theresa May turns to deaths in custody after stop-and-search row

13 February 2014 20:52

One of the risks for Theresa May in her battle with Number 10 over reform of stop-and-search powers is that the Home Secretary loses some of the capital she has… Continue reading

Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Serious concerns about plans to render terror suspects ‘stateless’

31 January 2014 11:53

The row over the Immigration Bill is by no means over. It will go to the Lords next, where peers will doubtless have a few things to say about certain… Continue reading

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

Dominic Raab is a brilliant fighter. It’s time he focused on Labour

31 January 2014 7:23

Dominic Raab is one of the most impressive members of the Tory back benches, able to pick a string of good fights and – even rarer – able to win… Continue reading

Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Leaked memo suggests ministers could accept Raab deportation call

29 January 2014 8:50

Though the PM and whips have been in a tizz about Nigel Mills’ amendment to the Immigration Bill, it’s Dominic Raab’s call to narrow the grounds for appeal in the… Continue reading

A Syrian child in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Today Theresa May said the government would set out its position on any further help in the next few days. Picture: Getty

May promises response on Syrian refugees in next couple of days

27 January 2014 16:35

Yvette Cooper chose to focus her attack at Home Office questions on the government’s position on Syrian refugees. She continually pushed Theresa May on whether the the Home office would… Continue reading

Cameron And Theresa May Visit Hertfordshire After Results Show A Reduction In Crime In The UK

Theresa May’s stop-and-search battle and the feverish Tory party

22 January 2014 14:36

As predicted, Labour did make use of the Times’s story about Theresa May’s row with the Prime Minister over stop-and-search at PMQs today, using a backbench question from Steve Reed,… Continue reading

Islamic Jihad is experiencing a revival (Photo: SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty)

Thanks to Syria, global jihad is experiencing a revival

20 January 2014 12:30

The arrest of two men last week on terrorism charges relating to Syria reveals just how serious the issue of foreign fighters has become. Estimates suggest that up to 366… Continue reading

2013 has been the year of Lynton Crosby, aka the Wizard of Oz (centre).

Six moments that hardened up the Tories in 2013

30 December 2013 9:00

For the Conservative party, 2013 has been the year of Lynton Crosby. Just over a year ago, the Wizard of Oz was appointed David Cameron’s chief election strategist. Now he’s… Continue reading

The Conservative Party Spring Forum

Theresa May: We need to restrict free movement rights

16 December 2013 8:55

Ministers don’t comment on leaked reports, as Theresa May said on the Today programme this morning, but they can jolly well make clear what they think of them, especially if… Continue reading

Theresa May

May’s Brussels-blocking gesture to Tory right

10 December 2013 15:04

Why is Theresa May stalling on the publication of the Balance of Competences review? The Times is reporting that the Home Secretary feels the review underestimates the extent of benefit… Continue reading


Chris Grayling gets a relatively easy ride over reoffending rates

10 November 2013 12:19

Theresa May accepted her Spectator Politician of the Year award with the quip: ‘It used to be a joke that I lock them up and Ken Clarke lets them out,… Continue reading

Members Of The New Coalition Cabinet Arrive For Their First Cabinet Meeting

Ed steals the show at the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards

7 November 2013 16:41

Ed Miliband stole the show at this year’s Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards. The Labour leader, who won a new prize called Political Speech of the Year (for the… Continue reading

Some of the winners at this year's Parliamentarian of the Year awards.

Parliamentarian of Year awards 2013: the winners (with audio)

7 November 2013 14:30

Today, the Spectator hosted our 27th Parliamentarian of the Year awards at the Savoy Hotel in London in an austerity-free ceremony to give gongs (and replica Spectator covers) to those… Continue reading

Theresa May in the Commons today

May sails through TPIMs statement with disapproving attack on Yvette Cooper

4 November 2013 16:45

Aside from having to explain her government’s policy on clothing that might be used as a disguise, Theresa May did pull it out of the bag, again, in that statement… Continue reading


Sir Gerald Howarth asks Theresa May to ban the burka so it can’t be used as a disguise

4 November 2013 16:20

When the Prime Minister’s spokesman said this morning that ‘we will look at whether there are lessons that we can learn from’ the disappearance of Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed, what he… Continue reading

Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Theresa May has taken the heat out of Home Office rows

4 November 2013 13:46

Theresa May will give a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon on the disappearance of terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed. The Home Secretary has earned a formidable reputation… Continue reading

Home Secretary Theresa May Speaks At The College of Policing Conference

Theresa May’s grubby little warning: an independent Scotland will be out in the cold

29 October 2013 18:10

It is a good thing that government ministers come to Scotland sometimes. It is a bad thing that they insist on opening their mouths when they do. Earlier this year… Continue reading

The Labour Party Annual Conference

In areas of weakness, Labour can only complain that the government isn’t tough enough

22 October 2013 16:49

Much of the coverage of today’s Immigration Bill has centred around those controversial ‘go home’ vans, now ditched because they only sent one person home. Theresa May told the Commons… Continue reading


Was Jeremy Browne shut out of the tight Home Office ship?

18 October 2013 8:50

There’s a lot of interest in Jeremy Browne’s revelation in the Times this morning that senior Tories have already been trying to persuade the sacked Lib Dem Home Office minister… Continue reading