Katy Balls

Katy Balls is The Spectator's political correspondent

It’s mission accomplished for Douglas Carswell as Ukip’s only MP quits

25 March 2017 13:20

Today Ukip went from a political party with one MP, to a political party with no MPs. Douglas Carswell has…

George Osborne trolls MPs

20 March 2017 16:52

After George Osborne was announced as the new editor of the Evening Standard on Friday, there was uproar across the…

Hammond tries and fails to explain himself

15 March 2017 16:18

This time last week, Philip Hammond stood in the Chamber and made a joke about how the last Chancellor to…

Jeremy Corbyn misses open goal at PMQs

15 March 2017 14:15

The government’s decision to announce a U-turn on the planned rise in Class 4 National Insurance contributions minutes before PMQs meant…

Breaking: Philip Hammond abandons NICs rise

15 March 2017 11:53

Just in time to throw Jeremy Corbyn off the scent at PMQs, Philip Hammond has written to Tory MPs to say…

IndyRef2 proves a Brexit party pooper for Theresa May

14 March 2017 19:21

Theresa May’s statement today on the EU withdrawal bill should have been a victory lap – after the government succeeded…

Paul Nuttall picks a side in Ukip’s civil war

14 March 2017 12:33

A new week, a new drama for Ukip. Although Nigel Farage last month called for Douglas Carswell to be kicked out…

MPs reject Article 50 Lords amendments

13 March 2017 18:59

The government has successfully defeated the two Lords amendments to its Article 50 bill. MPs voted down the first amendment, committing…

Nicola Sturgeon’s second independence referendum announcement puts the unionists on the back foot

13 March 2017 12:09

After spending the past few months declaring that a second Scottish independence referendum is highly likely as a result of…

How many deals will the Department for International Trade have signed by 2020?

10 March 2017 10:05

Liam Fox has (for a change) unfairly become the subject of much mockery this week, over his department’s plans for…

The IFS throws Philip Hammond a lifeline – will he take it?

9 March 2017 15:44

As Philip Hammond faces a slew of negative headlines and fields accusations that he is a liar over his decision…

Government suffers its second Article 50 defeat in the Lords

7 March 2017 20:31

Tonight the government suffered its second Article 50 bill defeat in the House of Lords. Peers backed an amendment calling for a…

Paul Nuttall goes on the offensive as he fights for Ukip’s future

5 March 2017 11:04

It’s not been a great week for Ukip. Following Paul Nuttall’s by-election loss in Stoke-on-Trent Central, the Ukip leader went…

Theresa May turns the tables on Nicola Sturgeon over a second referendum

3 March 2017 17:10

Although Nicola Sturgeon has said a second independence referendum is ‘highly likely’, a recent poll suggests that the Scottish people…

Ukip’s troubles descend into farce

28 February 2017 11:45

Although last week’s by-elections exposed cracks in Labour, it’s Ukip that has gone into free fall as a result. After Paul…

Shami Chakrabarti becomes persona non grata with the PLP

27 February 2017 20:38

Tonight’s Parliamentary Labour Party meeting began with loud cheers. As with most PLP meetings nowadays, these weren’t directed at the Labour leader…

Theresa May makes the most of her political capital

20 February 2017 19:59

With an ICM poll out today showing the Conservatives have an 18-point lead over Labour (one of the four worst…

Peter Mandelson rises up and calls for a Brexit rebellion in the Lords

19 February 2017 11:14

As the government’s Article 50 bill makes its way to the Lords this week, the ghosts of New Labour past are fighting…

Nigel Farage sets Paul Nuttall up for a fall

17 February 2017 11:46

It’s less than two hours into Ukip’s Spring Conference in Bolton and already the cracks are starting to show. Although Paul…

Paul Nuttall’s Hillsborough falsehood throws Labour a lifeline in Stoke

14 February 2017 14:32

It’s Labour’s lucky day. Although the party are currently fielding a foul-mouthed candidate with a questionable attitude towards women in…

Labour slumps to third place among working class voters

14 February 2017 10:18

Another week, another disappointing poll for Labour. This time it’s not even the Conservative’s 16-point lead, with Labour on just 24pc, that’s…

Paul Nuttall tries to manage expectations in Stoke

13 February 2017 18:02

Ukip are in the midst of an expectation management exercise in Stoke-on-Trent Central. As Paul Nuttall battles to take Tristram Hunt’s…

Jeremy Corbyn’s new shadow cabinet favourite

9 February 2017 18:31

On Wednesday, 52 Labour MPs chose to defy Jeremy Corbyn’s three-line whip and vote against Brexit in the Article 50 vote. With…

Government staves off a Brexit rebellion

8 February 2017 7:31

For a second day running, the government yesterday defeated all amendments proposed to its Brexit bill. Most notably, MPs voted down…

Theresa May’s Trump card fails to impress EU leaders

3 February 2017 19:37

The last time Theresa May met with EU leaders en masse, she was caught on camera being shunned by her…