Party conferences

Parliamentarians vs Corbynistas – two tribes at war in the Labour Party conference

27 September 2016 12:35

Quite extraordinary scenes here at the Labour Party conference. I’m typing this in the main conference hall and have just…

Ukip conference: Louise Bours’ shouty sermon on the NHS

26 September 2014 12:53

Politicians always speak about the NHS with passion. It is our national religion. So today Louise Bours, Ukip’s health spokeswoman,…

Ukip is trying to move beyond Nigel Farage

26 September 2014 12:41

Quite naturally, the mood in the hall at the Ukip conference in Doncaster is far more upbeat than anything Labour…

What happens at conference stays at conference

7 April 2014 12:17

Readers of yesterday’s Mail on Sunday were treated to what appeared to be the perfect ‘Tory Sleaze!’ story. But appearances…

Lynton Crosby is literally a sweetie

1 October 2013 11:55

The Mayor of London has been upstaged this year as the rebel darling of the delegates. Noting his new rival…

Not even Conservative MPs want to attend their own party conference

13 September 2013 16:30

Party conference season kicks off this weekend, but who is actually going? A ComRes poll out today suggests 38 per…

Ed Miliband: weak, weird and out of his depth

12 September 2013 21:49

The next election is going to be close. Very close, according to new polling from YouGov. When asked which government…

Tribune versus the Tories

30 July 2013 18:25

Charming little spat between the Conservative Party and George Orwell’s old literary haunt, Tribune. The magazine, which is edited by a…

Taking stock of politics after the conferences

13 October 2012 18:07

Party conference season is over and it all felt very mid-term. It’s always best not to be swept away by…

David Cameron reverses Ed Miliband’s conference bounce

12 October 2012 12:40

Just as Ed Miliband seemed to get a poll bounce from his conference speech last week, so David Cameron seems…

As the West titters, Islamists are bedding in

11 October 2012 19:00

I am starting to believe that this country is no longer interested in news, only gossip. Sometimes the gossip is…

We need to talk about democracy

11 October 2012 10:31

I’ve been away from party politics for a few weeks and have watched the conferences as an interested reader rather…

Steerpike at the Tories’: Happy birthday, Prime Minister

9 October 2012 12:21

What gift do you buy for a man who has it all? It would be hard enough to pick a…

Steerpike at the Tories: Access denied

8 October 2012 16:06

Officially the Tories are denying that UKIP is a threat to them. A private discussion with the party chairman about…

Steerpike at the Tories’: Grant Shapps’ ‘how to guide’ on gate-crashing

8 October 2012 13:31

If warm white wine and dodgy canapés are your thing, then party conferences will be your heaven and I urge…

Party conferences: a vapid kind of hell

1 October 2012 17:37

As I may have intimated last week, political conference season is a particular kind of hell. Most of us just…

As the party conference season begins, it's time to admit our political parties are in a bad way. Picture: Getty.

The death of the party conference

21 September 2012 12:30

The party conference season is now underway, with Lib Dems gathering in Brighton. It’s time to admit that our political…

Telling tales: some infamous conference moments

21 September 2012 12:18

What could possibly go wrong when you lock 10,000 political hacks and flacks in a hotel for 96 hours and let lobbyists…

Danny Alexander’s real enemy

11 August 2012 17:22

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is to drop his normally conciliatory voice to attack the Tories at…

Lobbying for a lobbyists’ register

6 December 2011 14:47

“I certainly think it’s a serious problem and I described it when we last discussed this as a canker on…