Tories

Conservative party conference, day two: The Spectator guide

3 October 2016 8:00

Philip Hammond takes to the stage today at Tory party conference to discuss the Conservative’s plans for an economy that…

Full text: David Davis’s conference speech

2 October 2016 15:59

Ladies and gentlemen, on the 23rd of June the British people voted for change. And this is going to be…

Full speech: Theresa May on ‘Britain after Brexit’

2 October 2016 15:39

81 days ago, I stood in front of Ten Downing Street for the first time as Prime Minister, and I…

May’s Brexit offering

1 October 2016 22:47

Theresa May’s biggest conference dilemma was what to say about Brexit. She doesn’t want to trigger Article 50 yet, or…

May will have to say more on what Brexit means — and soon

1 October 2016 10:31

Theresa May will receive a rapturous reception from Tory activists tomorrow. She is not just their new leader, but—as I…

Trump fans should be proud to call themselves ‘the Deplorables’

25 September 2016 8:30

Hillary Clinton hazarded that half of Donald Trump’s supporters are a ‘basket of deplorables’. The Kaiser called the BEF a…

Will David Cameron only be remembered for Brexit?

15 September 2016 12:21

At the moment, the consensus is that Brexit will be Cameron’s legacy, that the thing people will remember about his…

Cameroons fume about May’s grammar school plans

10 September 2016 10:01

Theresa May has picked the first defining fight of her leadership—and it is the same one that David Cameron chose.…

Could Theresa May’s grammar school plans trigger an early election?

9 September 2016 15:25

Predictably, Theresa May’s speech on new grammar schools and expanding selection across the education system has attracted some strong criticism…

Theresa May makes her grammar schools pitch

9 September 2016 14:02

Theresa May spoke for almost half an hour before she actually mentioned the ‘G’ word: Grammar schools. But before she…

Theresa May: We have selection in state schools already, selection by house price

7 September 2016 21:00

Theresa May received the traditional desk banging reception when she addressed the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers. May pleased Tory…

Liz Truss confirms there will be a British bill of rights. But we still don’t know when

22 August 2016 13:18

It’s been over a month since Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street. And yet the process of…

Must Corbyn win?

7 August 2016 12:56

Thoughtful writing about the Corbyn phenomenon is not just impossible to find, it is impossible to imagine. Admirers live in…

An ode for Theresa May: Spectator poetry competition winners

6 August 2016 9:35

There was a good response to the call for poems on a political theme entitled ‘May day’ but the mood…

Labour’s dismal showing gives Sajid Javid a gentler first day in the job

18 July 2016 16:13

Theresa May’s new government gets to work today, and first to face the heat of the Chamber was the Communities…

Theresa May takes control

16 July 2016 10:35

Theresa May has demonstrated this week that she isn’t interested in being continuity Cameron. Her reshuffle was, as I say…

Watch: Angela Eagle’s terrible timing continues as she reacts to Boris’ appointment

14 July 2016 8:59

Angela Eagle’s leadership launch has so far been characterised by one thing: her terrible timing. When she announced her bid…

‘May Day’: How the papers reacted to our new PM-in-waiting

12 July 2016 8:06

David Cameron is now in in his last full day in Downing Street and already all eyes are on the…

Theresa May vows to ‘make a success’ of Brexit

11 July 2016 17:47

Theresa May’s speech outside Parliament was all about conciliation: she made a point of paying tribute to Andrea Leadsom and David Cameron…

Coffee House Shots: Labour’s leadership election

11 July 2016 15:42

Labour’s leadership contest has finally been triggered as Angela Eagle made her bid for the position today. So how will…