Isabel Hardman

Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator and edits the Coffee House blog. She also presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

Philip Hammond’s small print won’t save him from a Tory backbench revolt

9 March 2017 9:21

George Osborne was famous in Westminster when Chancellor for laying large ‘elephant traps’ for Labour using Treasury policy. He was…

Hammond gets a pasting in the press

8 March 2017 22:37

It’s fair to say that Philip Hammond hasn’t charmed Fleet Street with his Spring Budget.  There is little sympathy even…

Philip Hammond brews trouble with his National Insurance hike

8 March 2017 15:20

Philip Hammond had, in his first few months of Chancellor, gained rather a reputation for being an ‘Eeyore’ about the…

Jeremy Corbyn’s bleak Budget response fails to trouble the Chancellor

8 March 2017 14:55

Jeremy Corbyn now has more experience of responding to Budgets than the Chancellor of the Exchequer who he stood opposite…

A perfect example of how Corbyn’s inability to think on his feet lets him down

8 March 2017 12:42

Today’s Prime Minister’s Questions was a good example of how Jeremy Corbyn’s inability to be nimble on his feet lets…

Surrey Council’s ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ undermines ministers’ social care strategy

7 March 2017 17:55

On the eve of the Budget, the row about whether ministers struck a ‘sweetheart deal’ with Surrey Council on social…

Will Theresa May change her mind on an early general election?

7 March 2017 12:27

Downing Street has rejected William Hague’s call for a snap general election. The former Conservative leader argues in his Telegraph…

Is anyone brave enough to fix social care?

7 March 2017 11:20

Social care is in crisis. Everyone knows that – or at least likes to say so to sound well-informed. It…

Why the Commons headache over Brexit is only just beginning

3 March 2017 19:08

Theresa May might have won every Brexit vote in the House of Commons so far, but it’s getting trickier now.…

Can John McDonnell’s ‘tea offensive’ finally bring Labour together?

2 March 2017 15:19

What is Labour’s priority at the moment? Normally the sensible answer for an Opposition party would be that it needs…

Government suffers its first Article 50 bill defeat

1 March 2017 18:52

In the past few minutes, the government has lost a vote in the House of Lords on a key aspect…

How Corbyn failed to transform PMQs

1 March 2017 11:07

Prime Minister’s Questions is now regarded in Westminster as being even more pointless than it used to be before. The…

Will social care form a key part of next week’s Budget?

28 February 2017 13:27

The final Treasury Questions before a Budget or Autumn Statement always reveals not just what the Opposition plans to attack…

Shami Chakrabarti and Peter Whittle play the by-election blame game

26 February 2017 12:06

Shami Chakrabarti and Peter Whittle would probably furiously deny playing by the same political rules. But this morning on the…

Will the Labour membership ever change its mind about its leader?

24 February 2017 17:51

Labour’s famously vocal moderates have been awfully quiet today, given one of their number – Jamie Reed – has just…

Labour’s defeat in Copeland shows the party is losing its heartlands

24 February 2017 16:58

So what went wrong for the Labour Party in Copeland last night? There’s no understating the scale of the defeat…

Labour has just suffered its worst defeat for decades

24 February 2017 2:54

Isabel Hardman discusses the by-election results with Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth: The Tories have won the Copeland by-election with…

Cabinet wastes time with discussion on something it already agrees on

21 February 2017 13:09

If ever you wanted to understand what Theresa May’s relationship with her top ministers is like, today’s Cabinet meeting provides…

The one consolation for Labour? Ukip aren’t a slick fighting force

20 February 2017 15:20

Theresa May has been visiting Stoke-on-Trent today ahead of the ‘really important’ by-election in the city on Thursday. That the…

Government defeats all amendments in first Brexit Bill Committee fight

7 February 2017 0:59

MPs are finally making their way out of Parliament – or staying for Ed Miliband’s late night adjournment debate –…

May’s message to MPs: don’t obstruct the Article 50 Bill

6 February 2017 17:01

MPs will shortly begin their Committee stage of the Article 50 Bill in the Commons. Before that begins, Theresa May…

Ministers take the politically safe route on housing

5 February 2017 12:04

If a home was built for every new initiative, speech or newspaper article about “fixing the housing crisis”, our housing…

Is the government trying to avoid scrutiny of its Brexit policy?

2 February 2017 14:14

Is the government trying to avoid scrutiny of its Brexit policy? That’s the charge that MPs on the Labour and…

Brexit Bill debate: MPs are confused about their job description

31 January 2017 17:40

The debate over the Bill allowing the government to trigger Article 50 has been surprisingly good-natured, so far, given the…

Today’s Brexit debate is likely to be a tame affair

31 January 2017 12:53

MPs are now debating the government’s European Union (notification of withdrawal) Bill, with a warning from Theresa May and Brexit Secretary…