Conservatives

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…

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…