Tory leadership contest 2016

And then there was one… Theresa May’s team prepare for government

11 July 2016 13:03

Chris Grayling has given this very brief statement on behalf of Theresa May in the past few minutes: ‘Can I…

Why Andrea Leadsom may still benefit from her naive comments about motherhood

9 July 2016 8:51

One of the rules of modern leadership contests is that at some point there is an almighty row about whether…

Why the Tories should send May and Gove to the country

7 July 2016 10:00

As a radical paper, The Spectator has always been an admirer of Michael Gove, particularly his education reforms. He was,…

Theresa May love bombs Tory MPs

6 July 2016 18:49

The final parliamentary hustings of the Tory leadership contest has now taken place. With Theresa May assured of a place…

As Crabb drops out, can Gove pass Leadsom?

5 July 2016 20:15

Theresa May is, without a doubt, going to the membership round—and with the support of vastly more MPs than her…

Speed is of the essence in the Tory leadership contest

5 July 2016 19:59

The Conservative party’s electoral system won an unlikely compliment this afternoon from Labour MP Ian Austin, who declared that it…

May comes top in first round of Tory leadership voting, Fox eliminated

5 July 2016 18:31

Graham Brady has announced the results of the first round of the Tory leadership contest as follows: Stephen Crabb 34, Liam…

The question for Stephen Crabb, can you go toe to toe with Vladimir Putin?

4 July 2016 21:09

The Tory leadership hopefuls all appeared before a packed out 1922 hustings tonight. First up was Michael Gove. His pitch…

Michael Gove’s leadership pitch: the brutal man of principle

3 July 2016 10:36

Every candidate comes into a leadership contest needing to answer questions about their flaws and experience. But the questions that…

Andrea Leadsom overtakes Michael Gove to become second favourite in Tory leadership race

1 July 2016 12:00

As Michael Gove finished speaking, the bookmakers have reported that Andrea Leadsom has overtaken the Justice Secretary when it comes…

The big question that Michael Gove still has to answer

1 July 2016 11:43

Michael Gove had two clear aims in his leadership campaign launch speech. The first was to explain what the hell…

Tory party braced for deep divisions during leadership contest

1 July 2016 10:59

The Tory party is waking up this morning reeling from one of its most dramatic days since, well, last week,…

Exclusive: Team Gove explains why he dropped Boris

30 June 2016 14:28

Michael Gove’s newly-formed campaign team have been ringing around shocked Tory MPs in the past couple of hours to explain…

Chaos and fury in Team Boris as support bleeds to Gove

30 June 2016 11:39

Boris Johnson is about to go ahead with his leadership campaign launch without the man who has pulled so much…

Three questions Stephen Crabb will have to address in his leadership campaign

29 June 2016 16:18

Stephen Crabb is the first Tory leadership contender to formally declare his candidacy for the job, with a rousing speech…

Tory leadership contest: the state of the race

28 June 2016 18:40

Westminster is at its fastest-moving and most unstable for years. Portcullis House and the tea rooms are buzzing with MPs…

Jo Johnson backs Boris

27 June 2016 18:44

Jo Johnson has declared his support for his brother’s leadership bid. In a statement to The Spectator, the minister for…

New Tory leader in place by 2 September

27 June 2016 14:23

Senior Tories have decided that their new party leader will be confirmed by 2 September, which means that the timetable for the…