Chris Grayling

HS2 is steaming towards budgetary disaster

17 July 2017 14:15

Byng was the name of the unfortunate admiral executed in 1757, in the words of Voltaire, “pour encourager les autres”…

Strikes shouldn’t be able to shut down key railway lines

17 December 2016 10:31

300,000 people were hit by Aslef and the RMT’s strike on Southern Rail yesterday. The bad news for commuters is…

There’s a simple solution to the Southern Railway debacle

14 December 2016 15:45

Transport secretary Chris Grayling says he is powerless to intervene in the dispute between Govia Thameslink, which operates the Southern…

Calls on Grayling to resign over troublesome trains

7 December 2016 14:14

Chris Grayling has found himself in the naughty corner today over a leaked letter — to the Evening Standard — from…

Chris Grayling suggests Britain will leave the customs union

2 October 2016 13:20

Good news for Liam Fox. It looks as though the Secretary for International Trade may have a job after all. After No.10…

Chris Grayling: UK won’t set out its negotiating position when it triggers Article 50

2 October 2016 11:02

So, what will be in the UK’s Article 50 letter? Boris Johnson had previously implied that the document would set…

Chris Grayling gets off to a bad start with Southern commuters

8 August 2016 9:00

Oh dear. Less than a month into his tenure as transport secretary, and Chris Grayling already has a crisis on…

Liz Truss

Liz Truss attracts far more vitriol than her male non-lawyer predecessors. Why could that be?

21 July 2016 10:41

A politician with no legal training and limited experience of the legal world becomes Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor. The…

The Spectator summer party, in pictures

6 July 2016 23:30

In recent weeks, Westminster politicians have found themselves compared to the characters of House of Cards and Game of Thrones over their post-referendum antics.…

Vote Leave’s action plan shows why Brexit wouldn’t be a ‘leap in the dark’

15 June 2016 7:35

What do David Cameron and the likes of Ed Balls and Harriet Harman have in common? The answer: they’ve all…

‘Brexit martyr’ John Longworth gets ready for his comeback

15 March 2016 15:03

Last week John Longworth, the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, caused upset in the Remain camp when he…

Can the Leave campaign mount as scary a Project Fear as David Cameron?

10 March 2016 17:17

David Cameron’s referendum campaign trail continued today, with the Prime Minister visiting Chester and giving a speech defending Britain’s membership…

Who will be out for Out?

6 February 2016 10:30

The Leave campaigns continue to bicker with each other in increasingly absurd fashion, but it would be wrong to think…

Gove axes another Grayling plan

28 January 2016 17:00

You can tell when Michael Gove is driving all over another one of the policies of his predecessor Chris Grayling…

Michael Gove’s greatest success so far — not being Chris Grayling

8 December 2015 16:29

Michael Gove’s tenure as Justice Secretary has been notable for U-turns on the most controversial things done by his predecessor,…

Chris Grayling: we’ll figure out how to take a measured approach with the Lords ‘in the next few hours’

27 October 2015 9:26

After the government’s humiliating defeats in the House of Lords yesterday over tax credits, how will it seek revenge on…

Cameron tells Tories they no longer have to follow international law

21 October 2015 17:30

People go on about the awful pressure of 24/7 media on our leaders, and how hard the constant scrutiny must…

Ministers should not push ahead with English votes for English laws next week

9 July 2015 10:30

The first thing that needs to be said about the near-universally panned proposal for English votes for English laws we…

Michael Gove vs. the ‘creaking’ legal establishment — round one

23 June 2015 9:06

Members of the legal profession who were hoping Michael Gove’s time would be consumed trying to solve the Human Rights Act…

Why not settle the issue of MPs’ pay on the floor of the House of Commons?

4 June 2015 16:13

Now that the fashionable thing for all MPs to do is to announce that they won’t be ‘taking’ the 10…

Justice for Michael Gove

9 May 2015 22:05

Michael Gove is the new Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, Downing Street has just announced. Chris Grayling will move to…

Chris Grayling and Theresa May are unlikely to row over cats and human rights at this year's Conservative party conference. Picture: Getty.

The last days of the Cameron administration part 2: Failing Grayling

12 December 2014 15:18

Of all the reasons to wish this government gone, Chris Grayling is the largest. He is shutting poor and much…

Commons uproar: European arrest warrant debate in a ‘total mess’

10 November 2014 17:22

The government is in a total mess this afternoon. The whole house of Commons has turned on Theresa May and…

Grayling unveils Tory plan for human rights reform

3 October 2014 0:31

One of the biggest pledges of the Conservative party conference wasn’t actually made at the Tory conference. It’s being set…

This government’s disastrous prisons policy is putting the public at risk

1 August 2014 12:03

Data released yesterday lays bare the true scale of the growing crisis in our prisons. Suicides up 69 per cent…