UK politics

The Prime Minister Introduces His New Members Of Parliament

Who are the rising Tory stars?

28 August 2015 15:51

In this week’s Spectator, I profile the 2015 intake of Tory MPs: a bright, pragmatic bunch who don’t like to call themselves Thatcherite. Ministers who have sat in the Commons… Continue reading


It is un-socialist to support Jeremy Corbyn

28 August 2015 11:35

A quick disclaimer: I am a socialist and I share much of Jeremy Corbyn’s politics. I believe that austerity is unjustifiable ideological warfare; I believe in renationalising the railways, I… Continue reading

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Labour needs to up its game on the EU renegotiation

28 August 2015 10:16

Most people in the Labour Party may want to stay in the EU, but few think there is no scope to improve the way the EU operates or our terms… Continue reading

Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

What if Jeremy Corbyn has a successful start as Labour leader?

28 August 2015 9:41

Jeremy Corbyn has taken to the Times to defend his Labour leadership campaign and attack both the press and his critics within his own party. He writes: ‘Despite the barrage… Continue reading

Shas Sheehan, "possibly the least capable or deserving person to ever be made a peer in the history of the Lib Dems"

Is Shas Sheehan the “least deserving person to ever be made a Lib Dem peer?”

27 August 2015 17:29

As well as it being rather amusing that a party officially committed to the abolition of the House of Lords has stuffed a few more of its grandees into the… Continue reading

The Evening Standard's Labour mayoral hustings at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

Could a row with Uber be taxi for a London mayoral candidate?

27 August 2015 16:48

One of the striking things about the contest in Labour for the mayoral candidacy is how many of the candidates are keen to admonish private taxi firm Uber. Sadiq Khan… Continue reading

The 2013 Tory conference (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The Tories should have dropped their net migration target long ago

27 August 2015 11:55

It’s fair to say the Tories won’t be recycling their ‘immigration down’ posters for this year’s autumn conference. Net migration in the the year to March 2015 was 330,000, which… Continue reading

UKIP leader Nigel Farage passes UKIP deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans during the launch of the party's election manifesto on April 15, 2015 in Thurrock, England;

Exclusive: Ukip wars threaten to reignite over mayoral race

26 August 2015 15:12

Nigel Farage is trying to block Suzanne Evans from becoming Ukip candidate for Mayor of London with a covert campaign to install a less threatening, loyal party colleague in her… Continue reading

Ballot Papers Arrive For The Labour Leadership Election

Labour leadership contenders to demand details of party’s efforts to block infiltrators

24 August 2015 17:19

Labour is holding a meeting tomorrow morning with the different leadership camps to discuss how the party is dealing with infiltrators into its membership. The campaigns are particularly keen to… Continue reading


Does anyone really care how politicians look?

23 August 2015 14:53

Charles Moore asks in this week’s Spectator what the ‘right looks’ are for a leadership contender, comparing Margaret Thatcher’s appeal to Tory backbenchers to the appeal of Yvette Cooper and Liz… Continue reading

Ballot Papers Arrive For The Labour Leadership Election

Labour ‘members’ object to ‘purge’

20 August 2015 15:43

Some Labour party members are currently finding out that they can’t vote in the leadership election after all because they’ve been picked up as being insincere members. A number of… Continue reading

Ballot Papers Arrive For The Labour Leadership Election

Labour’s bitter, bitchy battles will continue long after its leader is announced

20 August 2015 12:40

Why is the Labour leadership contest so vile? It has been the bitterest, bitchiest battle that the party has experienced for a good long while, even though the last contest… Continue reading

New Scottish Labour Party Leader Announced

Kezia Dugdale appeals to the Left with personal speech about her past

20 August 2015 10:30

Jeremy Corbyn really has made socialism trendy – at least in Scotland. We can take that from the speech that Kezia Dugdale, Labour’s Scottish leader, will make a today focusing on… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn is far less popular with Labour MPs than he is with members. Is that a problem?

19 August 2015 11:45

Why haven’t some Labour MPs ever met Jeremy Corbyn? Mr Steerpike picks up on the discussion between former Miliband aide Anna Yearley, and MPs Barbara Keeley and Lucy Powell about… Continue reading


Corbynomics: A path to penury

17 August 2015 20:52

The expansion of capitalism and free markets in recent decades has led to incredible economic and social progress; the fastest fall in extreme poverty in human history, rising life expectancy… Continue reading

Labour leadership candidates Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham on stage at the Labour leadership hustings in Citywest hotel on June 9, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Cooper vs Burnham: ‘A panicked, desperate stunt straight out of the Ed Balls playbook’

17 August 2015 20:30

Yvette Cooper has rounded on Andy Burnham this evening, demanding that the Labour leadership contender oppose Jeremy Corbyn or stand aside. Burnham gave a speech this morning that was widely… Continue reading

Miliband speech at University of London

Ed Miliband won’t say anything until after the Labour leadership contest is over

17 August 2015 16:17

Why is Ed Miliband not intervening to stop Jeremy Corbyn? Some Labourites see the former leader’s silence on the issue as a dereliction of duty, and hope to increase the… Continue reading


Exclusive: Whitehall prepares for a new cull

17 August 2015 15:09

Government departments have started to prepare their staff for job losses ahead of this autumn’s spending review, Coffee House has learned. George Osborne wants ministers to cut as much as… Continue reading


Gordon Brown’s speech provokes scuffles amongst Labour MPs

16 August 2015 16:22

So, funnily enough, Gordon Brown’s speech about his party’s leadership election hasn’t been that well-received by some quarters of Labour. There are some interesting people who are inevitably claiming he’s… Continue reading

Labour leadership contest

Gordon Brown tries to save his party

16 August 2015 15:48

Gordon Brown has just given one of his saving-the-world-at-the-last-minute speeches. He was speaking just as the ballot papers for his party’s leadership election are being sent out, and in keeping… Continue reading

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Lurch to the left or the right? Where Labour and the Tories must position themselves to win in 2020

16 August 2015 13:30

What are the best political positions for Labour and the Conservatives to take to win back more voters? The Tories want to maintain and extend their victory, while Labour is… Continue reading

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham during a Q&A session after delivering a State Of The Leadership Race speech at the Royal Armouries Museum on July 28, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Andy Burnham: We should/shouldn’t attack Jeremy Corbyn

14 August 2015 12:11

At least Andy Burnham is keeping us all on his toes with his leadership campaign. If you’d stopped paying attention to the Labour leadership election for a couple of hours,… Continue reading

UK Labour Party Leader ship Hustings

The Tories can start celebrating the Labour leadership result now

14 August 2015 11:10

The Conservatives are naturally very much enjoying the Labour leadership contest, and are starting to make use of it in the press, with Matt Hancock warning that Jeremy Corbyn would… Continue reading

Labours candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader Liz Kendall,Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper  and Jeremy Corbyn take part in a hustings in The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs on July 10, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Why all the Labour leadership candidates have failed to deal with Jeremy Corbyn

13 August 2015 18:42

Even though Jeremy Corbyn has the Big Mo in this Labour leadership campaign, it is fair to say that Yvette Cooper has had a pretty good few weeks too. The… Continue reading

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Failed candidates highlight Labour’s southern discomfort

13 August 2015 9:49

While the Labour leadership contest is in a miserable state, other parts of the party are trying to get on with working out how it can recover in 2020. Two big… Continue reading