Conservative party

Tories under fire over fake Labour manifesto

21 November 2019 14:41

The Tories were accused of spreading fake news during the election debate after they changed the name of the official…

Forget Brexit: Boris’s toughest task will be energising his exhausted party

23 July 2019 13:01

Boris Johnson will now be receiving plenty of unsolicited advice about how to be Prime Minister. As his victory speech…

The Conservative Party need to look beyond Brexit if they are to survive

2 June 2019 18:39

The Conservative Party was founded 185 years ago and may not survive the next five. YouGov and Opinium both put the Tories in third…

The Tories have squandered Brexit – they must not waste the extension too

23 March 2019 9:00

For many people, next Friday was supposed to be a celebration. Boris Johnson spoke about an ‘independence day’ marking the…

It’s now the Tories who don’t get the digital age

10 January 2018 12:11

With Theresa May’s reshuffle now complete, a consensus is forming that it’s been a rather underwhelming rearranging of the deck…

The Spectator Podcast: For richer, for poorer

30 November 2017 15:31

On this week’s episode we’ll be discussing whether marriage is becoming an elite institution. We’ll also be wondering if the…

The Tory party is becoming ‘Labour light’

23 October 2017 13:41

On the Andrew Marr show yesterday, the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid suggested that the government should ‘sensibly borrow more money’…

The Conservative Party needs to be the party of family once again

8 September 2017 8:24

Earlier this week, academics at Oxford and Cambridge were likely to be cock-a-hoop that their universities top international leagues tables…

The Spectator Podcast: The dying of the right

22 June 2017 16:14

On this week’s episode, we look at conservatism’s apparent decline, how society has responded to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and whether young…

It’s a question of when, not if, Theresa May will resign as Prime Minister

10 June 2017 12:48

Only one Cabinet member – Chris Grayling – had a good word to say about Theresa May and even he…

How business-friendly would Theresa May’s government be?

18 May 2017 17:04

When the main opposition party is proposing to jack up corporation tax from 19 per cent to 26 per cent…

The Tories have got something right – but what?

5 May 2017 17:03

Twenty years ago this week Tony Blair came to power with a thumping majority, claiming Labour to be ‘the political…

Sunday political interviews round-up: Theresa May says Conservatives will not raise VAT

30 April 2017 16:37

Theresa May – Conservatives will not raise VAT Touring both the BBC and ITV studios today, Theresa May tried her…

Political activists who behave like zealots will do no good at all

30 April 2017 14:51

The election debate so far has included a fair bit of to-ing and fro-ing over whether religion has a place…

Like them or not, Theresa May’s grammar school plans will end the postcode lottery of education

8 April 2017 9:30

Grammar Schools. Now there’s a potent pair of words. Mention them, and genial conversation will instantly shift into awkward silence…

Tories, tax and trust – a warning from history

10 March 2017 12:23

I was on the Question Time panel last night, and suspected that the issue of National Insurance might crop up…

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…

Conservative party conference, day one: The Spectator guide

2 October 2016 8:00

The opening day of party conferences can often be a dull affair – not so at the Conservative’s annual gathering…

David Cameron’s legacy: a stronger, fairer Britain

13 July 2016 14:45

Midway through his final cabinet meeting, David Cameron realised — with some horror — that it had turned into a…

How the rural vote could decide the Conservative leadership race

5 July 2016 12:02

As I passed the Momentum rally in Parliament Square last week, I was reminded of the last time there was…