Conservatives

It’s time to send for Michael Gove

24 March 2019 11:16

On Friday in the Spectator’s Coffee House podcast I suggested Michael Gove should be installed as a caretaker leader until June.…

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Fear and loathing in the lobbies: how the government whipped against itself – and lost

13 March 2019 21:18

With just a few minutes to go before the division on the government’s motion on no deal, Tory MPs’ phones…

Is the Independent Group already heading for a split?

20 February 2019 13:53

The three Conservative defectors to the Independent Group gave a notably upbeat press conference this lunchtime. It was quite a…

Theresa May ‘saddened’ as Heidi Allen, Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston quit the Tories

20 February 2019 11:25

Theresa May has said she is ‘saddened’ by the decision of Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry to leave…

After Brexit defeat, Downing Street insists nothing has changed

14 February 2019 18:42

After Theresa May mysteriously evaporated from the Commons following tonight’s government defeat, Downing Street has issued a statement insisting that…

Why did Theresa May bother giving a statement in Downing Street tonight?

16 January 2019 22:51

Theresa May has just given a statement in Downing Street in which she apparently said absolutely nothing. The Prime Minister…

Tory whips had already planned to reinstate Charlie Elphicke before confidence vote

13 December 2018 16:31

MPs have been expressing their fury today that the vote of no confidence in Theresa May allowed two suspended Tories…

After a day of high drama, nothing has changed

12 December 2018 21:16

Even before the result of the Tory no confidence vote was announced, the mood in Committee Room 14 was rather…

Heavy-handed rebel operation in no confidence vote deters Tory MPs

12 December 2018 14:20

One of the factors driving wavering Tory MPs towards saying they will vote for Theresa May tonight is the way…

How the Tory vote of no confidence in Theresa May will work

12 December 2018 11:26

Two Tory MPs who are currently suspended from the party whip could be brought back in order to take part…

How No. 10’s shredded credibility could make today’s vote much closer

12 December 2018 10:08

One of the factors that led to the triggering of a no confidence vote and that will play a huge…

How the whips made today’s contempt debate far worse

4 December 2018 17:28

Could the government have avoided this afternoon’s contempt motion? MPs have voted in favour of holding ministers in contempt of…

My deal or chaos: May’s message to MPs as she faces the Commons

26 November 2018 16:26

It only took a few lines of Theresa May’s statement to the House of Commons on her Brexit deal before…

If May forgets to talk to her MPs, her Brexit deal is doomed

26 November 2018 11:47

Theresa May is back in the Commons this afternoon updating MPs on her Brexit deal. She’s in the middle of…

No-confidence threat against May recedes – for a few days

19 November 2018 17:56

Is Theresa May about to face a vote of no confidence in her leadership? The Prime Minister is acting as…

Why a no-confidence vote in Theresa May could be closer than she thinks

25 October 2018 14:40

The consensus in the Conservative party is that Theresa May’s visit to the 1922 Committee last night hasn’t materially changed…

May to face 1922 Committee as rumours of rebel letters swirl

23 October 2018 17:21

Theresa May is to face her MPs at the 1922 Committee tomorrow, it has been confirmed. There had been calls…

Johnny Mercer is just saying what a lot of Tory MPs are thinking

19 October 2018 14:41

Theresa May’s Hell Week 2.0 has aptly ended with a Conservative backbencher branding the current operation a ‘sh-t-show’. In an…

Who can Philip Hammond blame for a tight Budget?

9 October 2018 18:32

Cabinet ministers toddled up Downing Street this morning in a largely good mood. Most of them were relieved that last…

Exclusive: Why the Tories feel so spooked by Jeremy Corbyn

4 October 2018 17:36

One of the things that the Tory conference taught us was quite how worried the party is about Labour. There…

What Theresa May plans to say in her speech

2 October 2018 22:01

How does Theresa May plan to reinvigorate her party and send it out, united and happy, after this week’s conference?…

Why Theresa May will care more about what Brady, not Boris, thinks

2 October 2018 17:13

If Theresa May’s sole goal for the Tory conference is to survive it, then she’ll likely be less interested in…

Why Tory members are deserting the conference hall

2 October 2018 15:11

One of the stories of this Conservative conference is the contrast between the crowd and atmosphere in the main conference…

Boris Johnson sets out his stall – but stops short of a challenge

2 October 2018 14:36

Boris Johnson’s Brexit rally was everything that No 10 had been dreading. Queues for the event began three hours in…

Tories try to reinvigorate their party with money for ‘diverse’ candidates

30 September 2018 20:08

The Tory conference hall is, so far, struggling to replicate the size and excitement of Labour’s gathering last week. This…