Conservative Party conference

Hall of Shame: The worst jokes at Tory conference

30 September 2019 11:45

Dying is easy, comedy is hard. It seems it’s even harder when you’re a Tory politician. Mr Steerpike has barely…

Boris Johnson’s fake field of wheat

1 October 2018 12:36

Mr S was intrigued by reports that the former foreign secretary had been photographed running through a field of wheat…

A good Brexit is a hard Brexit

8 October 2016 8:17

What you really should have done if you were in Birmingham on Monday this week was skip the not notably…

Je suis right-wing libertarian

7 October 2016 13:08

On Tuesday night, Conservatives for Liberty, which I co-founded in 2013, hosted our annual Freedom Fizz reception.  Jacob Rees-Mogg and…

Britain for the British: Theresa May leads a new nationalist government

6 October 2016 8:54

Scottish jobs for Scottish workers. We’re going to stop foreigners from coming here and taking jobs Scottish people can do.…

Coffee House Shots: The verdict on Theresa May’s conference speech

5 October 2016 15:46

Theresa May has brought the curtain down on this year’s Tory party conference with a speech in which she made…

Theresa May’s ‘carpe Brexit’ speech

5 October 2016 14:45

Theresa May’s speech was an attempt to seize the moment created by Brexit and Labour’s lurch to the left. She…

Full text: Theresa May’s conference speech

5 October 2016 14:19

When we came to Birmingham this week, some big questions were hanging in the air. Do we have a plan…

Ruth Davidson: why I talk about being gay

4 October 2016 16:51

The three most magnetic politicians at this year’s Tory party conference are the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and the…

Full text: Amber Rudd’s conference speech

4 October 2016 12:35

I succeed one of the most successful Home Secretaries of modern times. You may define success as holding the post…

Breaking: Brexit means breakfast

4 October 2016 11:29

Brexit means Brexit. But for some, remembering that definition can be a challenge. For Welsh Tory leader Andrew Davies, it…

Conservative party conference, day three: The Spectator guide

4 October 2016 7:46

The Conservative party conference is now in full swing, with a host of top cabinet ministers taking to the stage…

Liam Fox looks towards the sunny world of Brexit Britain

3 October 2016 18:28

This afternoon’s session of speeches at the Tory conference might best be described as the ‘Why My Department Exists’ section.…

Full text: Liam Fox’s conference speech

3 October 2016 16:44

There was a time when the terms ‘Britain’ and ‘trade’ would have been almost synonymous. For over two centuries we…

Theresa May’s honeymoon isn’t over yet

3 October 2016 15:33

This Tory conference is making clear quite how topsy-turvy politics has become over the past few months. David Davis is…

The Hammond era will be very different to the Osborne one

3 October 2016 13:25

Philip Hammond is a very different kind of Chancellor than George Osborne. Osborne’s conference speeches ranged across the policy landscape;…

Conservative party conference, day two: The Spectator guide

3 October 2016 8:00

Philip Hammond takes to the stage today at Tory party conference to discuss the Conservative’s plans for an economy that…

Coffee House Shots: Theresa May’s big Brexit speech

2 October 2016 18:15

The Conservative party conference has started and Theresa May has kick-started this year’s gathering with her big speech on Brexit.…

Full text: Boris Johnson’s conference speech

2 October 2016 16:52

I was at the UN general assembly in NY the other day and talking to the foreign minister of another…

Theresa May’s ‘hard Brexit’ hint

2 October 2016 16:12

We had heard a great deal of Theresa May’s Brexit speech to the Conservative party conference before – to the…