Conservative

One-nation Conservatism won’t help the Tories defeat Corbyn

19 May 2019 7:00

There’s a useful rule of thumb in politics. When Conservative politicians pronounce themselves to be a One Nation Tory, you…

Full text: Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston’s Tory resignation letter

20 February 2019 11:24

Dear Prime Minister. It is with regret that we are writing to resign the Conservative whip and our membership of…

Why Theresa May needs a deputy Prime Minister

9 June 2017 11:26

Bizarrely, many of the Cabinet haven’t yet heard from Theresa May or her closest aides. Number 10 need to get…

Corbyn has stirred the youth vote in a way that even Blair could not

9 June 2017 9:17

We don’t yet have an age breakdown of who voted on Thursday, but from the rise in turnout it seems…

This election proves it: every vote counts

9 June 2017 8:16

Well, fabulous day for democracy, no? Not the outcome exactly – the Tories lost, but Labour didn’t win – so…

What went wrong for the Tories?

9 June 2017 6:22

Inside CCHQ there is a sense that three things cost them their majority in this election. First, the public were…

Theresa May’s preachy government is on a mission to restore our confidence

18 May 2017 15:11

Every political moment is informed by, and a reaction against, its predecessor. The Age of May is no exception. David…

Should conservatives fear new working-class support? Some clearly do

25 March 2017 13:00

In America, an argument has broken out among journalists, writers and intellectuals in the aftermath of the presidential election about…

If Zac Goldsmith is standing again, what is the point of his resignation?

25 October 2016 15:02

Quite a few MPs are driven by a strange need for validation, but Zac Goldsmith might be the first politician…

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…

It’s time for our warring politicians to wake up to what really matters

3 July 2016 18:34

Well I might as well say publicly what I’ve been saying to everyone who will listen privately for the last…

What the papers say: Did ‘Operation Batter Boris’ go too far?

10 June 2016 8:16

The takeaway point from last night’s EU referendum showdown was the extent of the personal attacks on Boris. The former…

Coffee House shots: What’s next for the Brexit campaign?

25 April 2016 12:33

The EU referendum rumbles ever closer but after a bad week for the leave campaign following Barack Obama’s controversial intervention…

PMQs Sketch: Cameron’s far-sighted statesmanship

13 April 2016 16:43

A vandal smashing a window and calling it air conditioning. A mother marrying her son and declaring it a lesson…

Why isn’t Jeremy Corbyn kicking the government while it’s down?

21 March 2016 17:42

The government is in a mess, with the Chancellor having to go underground while a row rages in the Conservative…

David Cameron’s Labour defector has supported the Tories since 1988

7 October 2015 15:13

In David Cameron’s conference speech this lunchtime, the Prime Minister spoke about a voter who had reached out to him…

Sajid Javid positions himself as a Thatcherite and Eurosceptic

5 October 2015 11:45

Sajid Javid might be downplaying it at this conference – when asked by Andrew Neil yesterday if he would throw…

The Tories’ adoption of the Living Wage is entirely bogus

6 September 2015 10:00

Was there ever a more unilluminating political idea — for voters rather than practitioners — than triangulation? For those readers…

Cameron has a PMQs trump card – he won the election

3 June 2015 14:44

The first PMQs after an election victory is a moment to savour for a Prime Minister. He knows that the…

Last ditch attempts to win votes are pointless without months of legwork

6 May 2015 13:08

All three party leaders are in the middle of their last-minute campaigning efforts, travelling across the country with little sleep.…