Esther McVey

When staged Tory conference panels go rogue

30 September 2019 14:29

The Tories have tried to jazz up their conference hall this year, after accusations that the whole thing was becoming…

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

Delays to Universal Credit won’t fix its fundamental flaw

16 October 2018 12:00

It’s rare that a government pauses the implementation of a flagship policy. There’s so much ego involved in these matters…

Sorry seems to be the hardest word for John McDonnell

21 January 2018 13:24

Although John McDonnell is supposed to play a key part in Jeremy Corbyn’s drive for a kinder, gentler politics, remarks…

Philip Davies moves on from Esther McVey

8 July 2015 9:30

When Esther McVey moved into Philip Davies’ flat in 2013, the pair were quick to dispel rumours that they were…

Alex Salmond tells Anna Soubry to ‘behave yourself, woman’

4 June 2015 8:42

Alex Salmond’s reintroduction to Parliament has hit a few bumps in the road this week. He was criticised on Tuesday…

A Cabinet of losers?

1 April 2015 14:01

Here’s an interesting factoid. We have gone the longest time since any serving Cabinet Minister has lost their seat… ever.…

Poll of key marginal seats finds swing towards Labour

17 March 2015 15:07

Are the Conservatives or Labour wining the ground war in marginal seats? Lord Ashcroft has polled eight key constituencies — of which seven are…

Speaker Bercow apologises for comparing a minister to a washing machine

11 March 2015 13:05

If ever you needed evidence that politics at the moment is a bit, well, weird, John Bercow has just apologised…

Commons sexism row: Barry Sheerman calls Esther McVey a ‘hard-hearted Hannah’

9 March 2015 17:07

Things became heated in the commons today after Barry Sheerman told Esther McVey to stop being a ‘hard-hearted Hannah’ during a Department for…

Politicians needn’t be so afraid of saying what they think

20 February 2015 17:27

Politicians know they need to be more natural, less spun, and more honest about what they think. But most of…

Labour’s weak welfare attack leaves Tories to chant tribal slogans in Commons

26 January 2015 16:55

Today’s Work and Pensions Questions was taken almost exclusively by Esther McVey – to the extent that when Steve Webb…

Labour might not like to admit it but economic growth has created an employment boom

21 January 2015 13:49

With 105 days to go until the General Election, politicians of all sides will be slugging it out between now…

Esther McVey dodges White Dee debate

22 September 2014 15:00

Upon leaving the Celebrity Big Brother house, Benefits Street star and Spectator contributor White Dee – also known as Deirdre…

The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the…

David Cameron’s cosmetic exercise bemuses the Tories

15 July 2014 17:47

Today’s reshuffle has been largely about cosmetic improvements to the Conservative party — not just through the promotion of female…

6am Spectator podcast special: Cameron’s reshuffle – the hiring begins

15 July 2014 6:00

Good morning. We’ve just had the night of the long knives – for middle-aged Tory ministers at least. Now for the…

There aren’t enough normal people in Cabinet – male or female

13 July 2014 14:02

Well, it’s looking good for Esther, Liz and Priti, isn’t it? The one handle most of us have by now…

Briefing: Maria Miller’s marginal critics

8 April 2014 17:35

Day five into the Maria Miller debacle and the calls for her resignation keep on coming. As Isabel reported earlier,…

Esther McVey breaks cover on Miller: ‘It wouldn’t be how I would have made an apology’

7 April 2014 20:55

Esther McVey is known as a plain-speaking Tory. That ability to avoid mincing her words might propel her into the…

Esther McVey shows that the Tories are aggressively on message

31 March 2014 17:23

Work and Pensions Questions in the Commons has long been a battle between the two main parties for the moral…