Greg Clark

Brexit relief as government insiders expect Nissan to announce it is building its new car in Sunderland

22 October 2016 11:35

Government insiders expect Nissan to announce that it is building the new Qashqai in Sunderland in the next week or…

Theresa May’s new ministry of posh

2 August 2016 15:39

Apart from Boris, where have all the posh boys (and girls) gone in Theresa May’s government? The answer, curiously, is…

The ‘genius’ plan that stopped a Tory housing rebellion – and endangered a manifesto pledge

2 November 2015 13:57

The Housing and Planning Bill gets its second reading in the House of Commons this afternoon, and though Labour has…

Greg Clark’s softer approach to building more houses in a ‘Conservative way’

5 October 2015 17:30

The most striking thing about Greg Clark’s speech to Tory conference today was how different his rhetoric was on house…

Struggling to get on the property ladder? Qualifying for social housing may soon be your best bet

25 September 2015 17:47

That the Conservatives came up with the idea of extending the right-to-buy to housing association tenants was a symptom of…

Labour turmoil dominates local government questions

14 September 2015 18:15

The new Labour front bench made its first appearance at communities and local government questions this afternoon. Jon Trickett was…

Why old political rivals are now working together

11 September 2015 16:58

Previous decades of regional policy have failed to close the North-South gap in economic productivity and prosperity. We’ve decided to…

Ministers stick to the Summer Crisis rulebook on Calais

3 August 2015 10:18

One of the most important rules for politicians dealing with a Summer Crisis is that you must be seen to…

Mary Portas’ awkward train encounter with Ed Balls

28 May 2015 9:56

When the Conservatives won a surprise majority in the election, many businesses breathed a collective sigh of relief that the…

The right-to-buy scheme is already causing problems for the government

26 May 2015 12:43

New communities secretary Greg Clark has the least enviable job in the cabinet: justifying the policy of extending the right-to-buy…

Greg Clark told the Financial Times he had seen 'encouraging signs' in the City of London. Picture: Press Association

Cleaning up the City cesspit

17 October 2012 8:58

Good news from the City is something to cherish at the moment, and today RBS has confirmed that it will…

A reminder of two of the political battles ahead for the coalition

11 September 2011 23:41

If anyone had any doubts about how difficult the politics of banking reform and planning would be for the Conservatives,…

Osborne and Pickles defiant on planning reform

5 September 2011 11:24

George Osborne and Eric Pickles’ joint op-ed in the Financial Times on planning reform is meant to send the message…

Defining the government through argument

25 August 2011 14:49

Every government spin doctor knows that one of the ways you can get media attention is by picking a fight.…

Pickles lands a small blow for growth

1 August 2011 18:08

Eric Pickles’ decentralisation revolution continues, with the announcement that Whitehall is relinquishing control over car parking restrictions in town centres.…

Valuing the natural world

7 June 2011 17:11

Today, the government launched its Natural Environment White Paper. This document is a vision for how we value and use…

Planning for a reshuffle?

6 April 2011 12:57

David Cameron is determined to get away from the idea of an annual Cabinet cull. He has repeatedly told friends…

Junior Games

5 November 2010 10:29

Government allows some top-tier politicians to shine, while others lose the sheen they once had in opposition. So it has…

In this week’s Spectator

4 November 2010 14:39

The latest edition of The Spectator is now out on iPad (click here for more info) and the newsagents (or…

Coalition 2.0

2 November 2010 19:19

Tomorrow’s announcement on university funding is a big moment for the coalition. It will show that the Conservative and Liberal…