Conservatives

Michael Gove’s green crusade is a smart way to sell Brexit

14 January 2018 10:42

What is Michael Gove up to? The Environment Secretary seems to be on a tree-hugging rampage at the moment, announcing…

3 New Year’s resolutions for Theresa May

6 January 2018 10:36

In The Sun today, I propose three New Year’s resolutions for Theresa May. She should be decisive on Brexit, bold…

Brexit is becoming a ‘just war’, with predictable consequences

14 December 2017 18:53

Brexit could split the Tory party. So many people wrote articles arguing this before and after David Cameron called the…

War of words: Tory MP vs Tory MP – ‘get over yourself Nadine!’

14 December 2017 9:24

Although the 11 Tory rebels who led the government to defeat last night night on Dominic Grieve’s amendment calling for…

Why Number 10 needs to calm some Tory nerves this afternoon

4 December 2017 15:16

In the midst of the confusion over whether the UK and Ireland have agreed for Northern Ireland to remain in…

Revealed: Universal Credit director wins award for… project management

22 November 2017 9:25

You don’t have to be a member of Her Majesty’s Opposition to conclude that something has gone wrong with the…

Atkins’ confident start as a minister bodes well for tricky bill

20 November 2017 16:58

Vicky Atkins was the first MP from the 2015 intake to become a minister, and had been preparing assiduously for…

May has undermined her authority further by promoting Gavin Williamson

2 November 2017 14:58

To say that Gavin Williamson’s appointment as Defence Secretary has received a mixed reaction is to suggest, wrongly, that there…

Gavin Williamson is a hard act to follow as Chief Whip

2 November 2017 11:37

Moving your chief whip when you’re in a minority government is pretty brave. In trying to work out who to…

Tory policy chief: party needs Beveridge-style commission to survive

31 October 2017 15:20

The Conservative Party appears rather burnt-out at the moment. At its conference – even before Theresa May’s disastrous speech –…

The Tories are playing a risky game with Jared O’Mara

26 October 2017 12:11

Why do politicians constantly bring plagues on their own houses? This week, the Tories have embraced the Jared O’Mara allegations…

Tory whips in a quandary over Labour social care challenge

24 October 2017 16:32

If ministers are going to offer any concessions in the row over Universal Credit, they’ve decided to keep them back…

The Universal Credit is supposed to streamline benefits from October 2013. Picture: Getty.

Will Universal Credit conform to the normal pattern of policy disasters?

23 October 2017 17:50

How far is the government going to row back on Universal Credit? This afternoon an emergency debate has been granted…

Tory MPs threaten to rebel and vote for government policy

19 October 2017 17:17

The talk of the Commons tearoom today is last night’s Opposition Day vote on Universal Credit. This is unusual: Opposition…

Andrew Mitchell to speak at plotter Grant Shapps’ dinner tonight

6 October 2017 17:40

Grant Shapps isn’t the most popular man in the Tory party at the moment, but at least he has a…

Forget the Nasty Party. This is the Knackered Party.

3 October 2017 13:02

Tory conference is yawning on with neither furious fights nor much evidence that anyone knows how to fix the party’s…

Why we need more than Help to Buy to fix the housing market

2 October 2017 19:25

The Conservative Party conference kicked off with news that the government plans to earmark an additional £10 billion for the…

Ruth Davidson: Tory party needs to man up

2 October 2017 15:18

Where can Conservatives go if they’re looking to cheer themselves up at their rather nervous, doleful conference? A fringe with…

Why young Britain is repelled by the Tories

1 October 2017 15:50

Of all the difficulties Theresa May faces, the importance of denying the truth may be the most acute. There are…

Conservative party conference, day one: The Spectator guide

1 October 2017 9:00

The Conservative party conference is underway. In the days after the doomed snap election, Theresa May didn’t look as though…

The Conservatives weren’t seen as divided during the campaign

29 September 2017 16:11

Earlier this week Nick Timothy and Tim Montgomerie had a short spat on Twitter about the reasons for the Conservative…

The Spectator Podcast: Brexit Wars

21 September 2017 15:24

On this week’s Spectator Podcast we look at the final Brexit war amongst the Conservatives. We also discuss the maverick politician…

The Spectator Podcast: Playing the race card

14 September 2017 13:27

On this week’s episode, we ask whether Theresa May is jumping on a bandwagon by playing the so-called ‘race card’. We…

DUP bat for the other side

13 September 2017 19:08

Trouble in paradise? After the DUP voted with the government last night to ensure they won a crucial vote that gives…

Why social care could be heading for the long grass once again

12 September 2017 17:57

How are ministers going to deal with the social care crisis? This could be a weekly question on Coffee House…