Steerpike

Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

David Ward stages a comeback

25 April 2017 22:52

Today Tim Farron attempted to put a stop to questions over his Christianity, as he declared that he does not…

News from Labour: Corbyn held ‘transition’ talks with Whitehall

25 April 2017 18:15

Of late, Labour’s press releases haven’t offered much cause for amusement. But today’s was a turn up for the books.…

Watch: Theresa May’s Brexit blunder

25 April 2017 17:24

Theresa May is playing it safe during this election cycle and doing her best to leave the blunders to Labour.…

Karen Danczuk’s political comeback on shaky ground

25 April 2017 17:02

The race to be the Labour candidate for Bury North has attracted some unprecedented media attention this week thanks to Karen Danczuk’s announcement…

Momentum activist’s food bank appeal leaves a sour taste

25 April 2017 15:15

Today Jeremy Corbyn took to social media to promise that a Labour government would mean people on low-income no longer…

Corbyn wins his first celebrity endorsement of the snap election

25 April 2017 7:54

In recent months, Corbyn-mania has appeared to be on the wane. From Charlotte Church to Glenda Jackson, former cheerleaders for…

Arron Banks throws in the towel

24 April 2017 18:32

Arron Banks’ bid to become the MP for Clacton is over already. Just six days ago, the multi-millionaire Ukip donor…

Paul Nuttall’s disappearing act

24 April 2017 14:23

Today hacks were briefed that Ukip would use a press conference to make a big campaign announcement. This led to…

Exclusive: Zac Goldsmith prepares to crawl back to the Tories in Richmond

24 April 2017 10:13

Of all the politicians to have a bad 2016, Zac Goldsmith is high on that list. The former Conservative MP…

Caption contest: Corbyn appeals to the youth

21 April 2017 16:49

Although children can’t vote, Jeremy Corbyn today found time to visit Brentry and Henbury Children’s Centre — as he promised that…

The curse of May? Prime Minister loses yet another spin doctor

21 April 2017 11:51

Theresa May’s surprise call for a snap election on Tuesday led many to praise the Prime Minister for running such…

Listen: Dawn Butler’s car-crash interview – ‘this election is Theresa May trying to rig democracy!’

20 April 2017 18:11

Oh dear. Today Jeremy Corbyn kicked off Labour’s general election campaign with a speech on his party’s vision for a…

Momentum plot to boost Corbyn’s electoral appeal proves costly

20 April 2017 13:50

Oh dear. The first rule of political plotting: tell no-one, or at least tell very few. So it was a…

Revealed: Labour party’s ‘wellbeing day’ scrapped as staff told to cancel holidays

20 April 2017 13:27

Theresa May’s decision to hold a snap election in June has scuppered many MPs’ holiday plans — and one politician’s honeymoon.…

Watch: Labour supporters boo journalist at Corbyn speech

20 April 2017 11:26

Some Labour supporters, it’s fair to say, do not like hearing hard truths. So when a journalist at Jeremy Corbyn’s…

Watch: Barry Gardiner throws his toys out the pram on Sky News

20 April 2017 10:53

It’s day two of the snap election campaign and already tensions are running high. In particular, Sky News‘s Adam Boulton is…

Yvette Cooper fails to practise what she preaches

19 April 2017 16:06

Yvette Cooper was the surprise star of PMQs today after she made the Prime Minister squirm with a stinging question…

Watch: Paul Mason has doubts about voting Labour

19 April 2017 0:23

With Labour firmly on the back foot over Theresa May’s call for a snap election, many MPs tonight used a meeting…

Banks vs Carswell: this time it’s even more personal

18 April 2017 15:27

Theresa May’s surprise announcement today has caught hacks and MPs alike off guard. While Labour MPs fret over the prospect of…

Andy Burnham and ‘posh coffee’ – a brief history

17 April 2017 23:05

This evening, Andy Burnham has whipped social media into a frenzy after the Labour MP decided to wade into ‘barista-gate’.…

Former Bush aide: Corbyn is Trump’s secret weapon

14 April 2017 15:00

As if Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t already getting it from all sides on the home front, the beleaguered Labour leader has come under…

George Osborne finds there’s no rest for the wicked

13 April 2017 21:09

With George Osborne set to start his new part-time job as editor of the Evening Standard next month, the former…

Spot the difference: BBC’s varying approaches to IndyRef2

13 April 2017 15:56

Although Nick Robinson claims the BBC no longer has a duty to be balanced over Brexit now the referendum has…

The New European reveals its plan to troll Skegness

12 April 2017 15:37

Oh dear. Someone at The New European is about to have a very bad Easter break indeed. Although the pro-EU…

A new twist in Owen Jones’ ‘jacket-gate’ saga

11 April 2017 17:48

There’s no such thing as a free lunch — and Owen Jones is quickly discovering that there’s also no such…