General election

Could the Tory rebels win back their seats at the next election?

3 September 2019 20:22

Imagine that you’re a Tory MP who wants to vote against the government today – and you’re going to be…

What is Number 10 up to?

2 September 2019 14:43

Boris Johnson’s team wants to set up a binary choice between backing him on Brexit and a Jeremy Corbyn government.…

Why Boris Johnson needs an election to deliver Brexit

14 August 2019 14:11

What more-or-less all Tory MPs seem to have missed is that Philip Hammond, the ex-chancellor who has become the anti-no-deal…

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…

England, you wanted Brexit so you can pay for it

26 June 2017 18:03

The message to be taken from today’s Downing Street proceedings is a simple one: England, you wanted Brexit so you…

If Jeremy Corbyn can rise from the depths, why can’t Theresa May?

22 June 2017 9:00

When John Curtice speaks, listen. That’s one thing we learned in the general election. This week we hosted John at the Social…

What the election result means for your finances

9 June 2017 13:03

Well, I don’t think anyone expected that, least of all Theresa May. As the country picks over the result of…

The Spectator’s complete election guide: what to look out for and when

7 June 2017 16:22

‘Strong and stable’, ‘weak and wobbly’, ‘coalition of chaos’: you’ve heard enough of the slogans. Now, election day is nearly upon…

Ignore all the bluster, the Tories will still win

1 June 2017 10:59

This is the first general election since 1997 where I have not primarily been employed as a journalist, covering the…

Manchester needs a new champion – and it isn’t Andy Burnham

1 May 2017 11:30

Another election that catches my business eye is the one for mayor of Greater Manchester. The winner will have a…

The moments between: the art of putting bums on seats on election night

7 May 2015 14:55

When the cameras go live in the BBC studios tonight for their election coverage it will mark 65 years of…

The lesson of the 2015 election? No good deed goes unpunished

7 May 2015 14:40

It was Clare Booth Luce, the witty and glamorous wife of the publisher of Time magazine, who coined the phrase…

Is Ed Miliband really proud to have fought alongside me? I’m not so sure

7 May 2015 10:53

Sheesh, sometimes you read something and it makes you go all gooey inside. Take this email I got from Ed…

Cameron needs to keep the momentum going in tonight’s Question Time

30 April 2015 13:41

Tonight’s Question Time is, probably, the most important TV event of the campaign. The fact that it is on BBC1…

The Conservatives are strategising regional media out of the grid – and it won’t help their cause

23 April 2015 15:02

This has, I think we can all agree, been the most stage-managed election ever. Nobody on a soap box, no…

Cautious Miliband doesn’t want to talk about borrowing

20 April 2015 20:57

Labour is proposing to balance the current not the overall budget. This is presumably because they think that borrowing to…

Feisty Cameron warns English voters of the ‘frightening prospect’ of the SNP propping up a Labour government

19 April 2015 10:29

David Cameron has just delivered his feistiest performance of the election campaign yet. In a combative interview with Andrew Marr,…

Coffee Shots: Puppy love for Yvette Cooper and Will Straw

7 April 2015 14:50

Could this photo beat Nick Clegg’s hedgehog photo call to be the strangest animal election campaign snap? Here Yvette Cooper…

Why all this talk of a hung parliament could be a self-fulfilling prophecy

6 April 2015 17:18

In a close campaign, you would normally expect the smaller parties to get squeezed as voters decided that is really…

Coffee Shots: Election fatigue sets in

4 April 2015 16:45

With just five weeks to go till polling day, one happy voter in Bedford has had enough. Mr S suspects…