Conservatives

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech is a trap for the Tories

26 May 2017 13:35

The most dangerous thing about Jeremy Corbyn’s speech today, blaming terror attacks in Britain on wars we have fought abroad,…

The death of the Welsh Labour party appears to have been exaggerated

22 May 2017 19:19

Never underestimate the resilience of the Welsh Labour party. Up until now, this year’s general election had looked like it…

Why the ‘dementia tax’ U-turn is such a blow to Theresa May

22 May 2017 16:02

U-turning on a manifesto commitment just days after it was announced would be embarrassing for any politician. But it is…

Theresa May forced into ‘dementia tax’ U-turn by Jeremy Corbyn

22 May 2017 12:06

Theresa May promised ‘the first ever proper plan to pay for – and provide –social care’ in the party’s manifesto.…

The Spectator Podcast: The May manifesto

18 May 2017 15:30

On this week’s episode, we discuss Theresa May’s lurch to the left, the NHS’s looming crisis, and how Americans should talk…

The never-ending deficit – Tories put off balancing the books until 2026

18 May 2017 14:42

At today’s Tory manifesto launch, Theresa May put some clear blue water between herself and the Cameroons as she ditched many…

2017 Conservative Manifesto: full text

18 May 2017 12:20

The Conservative Manifesto 2017: Our Plan for a Stronger Britain and a Prosperous Future   The next five years are…

To tax the rich, introduce a tax cut

14 May 2017 8:45

Jeremy Corbyn wants to put up income tax only for people who earn more than £80,000 a year, he says.…

What politicians mean by a ‘great response’ on the doorstep

12 May 2017 13:57

It’s that time of the year when politicians start posting pictures of groups of people smiling eerily while holding party…

It’s time for a real Department of Housing, with a minister to match

12 May 2017 12:28

‘I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and I intend to spend it’.  That was how George W Bush…

Theresa and Philip bored the nation with their strong and stable relationship

10 May 2017 7:33

How was last night’s TV squirm-athon? The sacrificial victims handled it pretty well, at first. Theresa May and her unknown…

The Tories hit their highest poll lead since 1983

8 May 2017 15:41

The Tories have just hit a new high in the polls: 49 per cent, handing them a 22-point lead over…

When politicians buy the newspaper front pages, they create fake news

6 May 2017 16:58

Newspapers everywhere are in trouble, with advertising revenues down about 20 per cent a year. Local newspapers are worst hit…

What Theresa May should put in her manifesto

6 May 2017 11:00

Will executive pay pop up in Theresa May’s manifesto? An objective of her snap election is to secure a larger…

Is the end nigh for Ukip?

5 May 2017 13:17

Ukip is a party dwelling on its past glories rather than its future this afternoon. The party’s leader Paul Nuttall has very…

Local elections: Labour lose control of Glasgow council for first time in 40 years

5 May 2017 12:20

Labour’s performance in the local elections is going from bad to worse. The party has, for the first time in…

The West Midlands will tell us how big May will win in June

4 May 2017 15:23

The most intriguing aspect of today’s local elections is the contest for the new West Midlands Mayoralty. In normal times,…

Why Wales decided to forgive the Tories

4 May 2017 14:11

The recent Welsh poll showing a ten-point Conservative lead in voting intentions for the forthcoming general election (and also, though…

Theresa May hits out at the ‘bureaucrats of Brussels’, full transcript

3 May 2017 16:12

I have just been to Buckingham Palace for an audience with Her Majesty The Queen to mark the dissolution of…

The Conservative party is treating the electorate like mugs

3 May 2017 13:25

What a curious election this is proving to be. It is hard to think of another general election in which…

My brush with the pro-Corbyn Twitter mob

3 May 2017 10:03

When my old friend – a lifelong Labour supporter – told me he was voting Tory at the election, I…

Jean-Claude Juncker could learn a thing or two from David Davis

3 May 2017 9:29

Even David Davis’s loudest critics would concede one thing about the Brexit secretary: he is nothing if not breezily confident.…

The snap election is likely to make the Commons a lot more dull

2 May 2017 13:14

At midnight, we won’t have any MPs. The dissolution of Parliament means that no-one who has sat on the green…

Why the Tories are talking up Labour

30 April 2017 8:30

Considering that their party is expected to win by a landslide, the Tory spin doctors sound unusually panicked. They are…

Why the Midlands will matter on June 8th

29 April 2017 9:30

It is no coincidence that Theresa May chose to hit the campaign trail in Wolverhampton and Dudley last weekend; both…