Conservative party

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…

I always defended Michael Gove. Then I met him

30 June 2016 15:17

This piece first appeared in The Spectator on 15 March 2014.  A few weeks ago, I was a guest at…

Why Michael Gove is the leader shy Tories need

30 June 2016 10:35

In February The Spectator’s Emily Hill explained why Michael Gove was the leader the Leave campaign needed – and why…

Three questions Stephen Crabb will have to address in his leadership campaign

29 June 2016 16:18

Stephen Crabb is the first Tory leadership contender to formally declare his candidacy for the job, with a rousing speech…

Tory leadership race: Who is backing who?

29 June 2016 8:07

The race to be the next Tory leader is underway. Conservative Party members will decide between Theresa May and Andrea…

Brexiteers need to act now, or become the most hated people in history

27 June 2016 13:36

The British constitution is built on compromise and moderation; it’s one of the main reasons why this country enjoyed a…

Ruth Davidson is not the answer to English Tory prayers

22 June 2016 14:26

Tacitus argued that, after 68, ‘the secret of imperial rule was revealed: an emperor could be made somewhere other than Rome’.…

How Jeremy Corbyn kept down the bids at this year’s big Tory fundraiser

16 May 2016 15:29

This piece is from the new issue of Spectator Money, out on Thursday 19 May. The magazine will come free…

The English right’s Putinesque conspiracy theories

12 May 2016 18:08

The right, as well as the left, is home to the kind of flaming conspiracy nut who, in Bertie Wooster’s…

How Jeremy Corbyn may split – and, thereby, destroy – the Conservative Party

20 March 2016 10:17

‘Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion?’ asked C.P. Cavafy in his poem ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’: Because night has fallen…

George Osborne and the death of Tory idealism

11 November 2015 8:13

The kindest way to treat your enemies is to hate them. Hate them and you don’t understand them or their…

Will Jeremy Corbyn condemn Gerald Kaufman’s comments about ‘Jewish money’ influencing the Tories?

29 October 2015 13:08

Sir Gerald Kaufman is Jewish, which he seems to use as an excuse to make claims that would, ordinarily, be…

Where will David Cameron end up in the history of Conservative Prime Ministers?

7 October 2015 17:08

At a large Tory breakfast meeting that David Cameron spoke to recently, the tables were named after all of the…

Summer Budget 2015: Full text of George Osborne’s speech

8 July 2015 13:45

Mr Deputy Speaker, This is a Budget that puts security first. It’s a Budget that recognises the hard work and sacrifice of…

The quality, not quantity, of childcare needs improving

30 June 2015 16:43

The Chancellor has found himself a treasure chest: childcare. In his quest for full employment, it’s seen as crucial for…

Cameron has created a socialist utopia for pensioners

22 June 2015 12:33

On the radio this morning, a campaigner from the Child Poverty Action Group had an ’emperor’s new clothes’ moment. Why…

Drugs are a waste of time, but so is the Psychoactive Substances Bill

4 June 2015 13:32

The Conservatives might have gone in softer than Russell Brand and the gang predicted, with very little change announced in…

Ben Harris-Quinney suspended from Conservative party

29 May 2015 12:44

Earlier this month Ben Harris-Quinney stepped down as the chairman of the Bow Group, following internal frictions over the Conservative think tank’s…

Student visa reforms will be a nightmare for university vice-chancellors

12 May 2015 11:48

As the dust settles on the outcome of the 2015 general election, one group of business executives who we can…

The reshuffle has begun – but the real excitement will happen on Monday

8 May 2015 17:49

David Cameron has reappointed several of the most senior members of the government. George Osborne stays as Chancellor, Theresa May…

Cabinet reshuffle: George Osborne, Theresa May, Michael Fallon and Philip Hammond remain in their posts

8 May 2015 16:49

David Cameron has ‘reshuffled’ his Cabinet. George Osborne has been re-appointed as Chancellor, and will also be First Secretary of State,…