Conservatives

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…

How Theresa May plans to sneak policies past MPs

1 September 2017 14:17

If Theresa May is in it for the ‘long term’, does this mean that she plans to do big things…

Senior Tories oddly supportive of Theresa May’s plan to stay

31 August 2017 16:48

Theresa May’s announcement that she plans to serve as Prime Minister for ‘the long term’ has come as rather a…

Theresa May’s vow to fight the next election changes nothing

31 August 2017 8:21

Theresa May’s ability to survive the summer has emboldened her to stay on in Downing Street and fight the next…

The Tories need houses, not memes, to win over the young

29 August 2017 13:13

The Tory party has a new youth wing called Activate to try to win over the kids with ‘memes’ –…

How the Conservatives can win back young voters

20 August 2017 10:00

Election day polling by Michael Ashcroft showed a Britain divided not so much by class or region as age. The…

Ruth Davidson is on manoeuvres. What is she playing at?

9 August 2017 15:43

So Ruth Davidson, honorary colonel in the signals reserve, is on manoeuvres again. It is past time, the leader of…

Parliament’s new tribe

5 August 2017 8:30

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Ruth Davidson mocks Theresa May

4 August 2017 15:09

Theresa May made herself something of a laughing stock during the general election when she was asked what was the…

Heidi Allen’s independent approach raises questions

27 July 2017 16:23

Since Theresa May lost her Tory majority in the snap election, few of her MPs have been more critical of…

Let’s keep up the Moggmentum

16 July 2017 9:30

‘We need to talk about why the internet is falling in love with Jacob Rees-Mogg, because it’s not OK,’ warns…

Who will be the next Tory leader?

15 July 2017 8:30

Who will be the next Tory leader? I keep asking the senior contenders over breakfast after the show or at…

Will May dare slap down any of those angling for the top job?

14 July 2017 15:45

There are so many people angling for the Tory leadership now that it really is easier to list those who…

The government is destined for trouble with its repeal bill

13 July 2017 17:26

You’d think a government wouldn’t launch its flagship bill that takes Britain out of European Union legislation without first being…

Watch: Damian Green quizzed on Theresa May’s disappearing act

12 July 2017 12:48

During the election campaign, Tory MPs were queuing up to be snapped with Theresa May and the Prime Minister’s face…