Tory leadership

Amber Rudd is given reason to blush

14 November 2017 8:17

Oh dear. Anyone who harbours serious hopes of becoming the next Conservative Prime Minister – or perhaps Opposition leader at…

The rules of the Tory leadership contest make it a wild card to play

8 October 2017 9:00

The moment Philip May helped his wife from the stage after her conference speech, it became clear that it is…

The three things Theresa May must do

7 October 2017 10:32

Even loyal Cabinet Minister admit that the Tories can’t go on like this for another 18 months. As I say…

Another name enters the Tory leadership frame

9 September 2017 12:03

A new name is being mentioned in the Tory leadership discussions, Mark Harper. As I say in the Sun today,…

What did Theresa May mean by that?

2 September 2017 10:38

Even some senior figures in Downing Street were unaware that Theresa May was going to say she wanted to lead…

The Spectator Podcast: The real modern slavery

17 August 2017 15:31

On this week’s episode, we’re looking at whether the ‘sex trade’ is a form of sanitised modern slavery. We also…

Why Amber Rudd is the favourite to get Ruth Davidson’s endorsement in the next Tory leadership race

5 August 2017 10:37

There are few people whose endorsement will be more valuable in the next Tory leadership contest than Ruth Davidson’s. She…

Can Theresa May make it to the end of the Brexit talks?

22 July 2017 10:35

If the last few months should have taught us political commentators anything, it is to be wary of making predictions.…

The whips mustn’t crush every Tory who thinks about the future

1 July 2017 10:41

The next Tory leadership race promises to be a crowded affair. As I say in The Sun this morning, the…

Why Theresa May’s position is safe, for now

24 June 2017 10:34

It would be hard to describe Theresa May’s post-election, premiership as anything other than weak. But, weirdly, this weakness is…

Theresa May’s first speech as Prime Minister: full text

13 July 2016 18:29

I have just been to Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new government,…

David Cameron’s farewell speech: full text

13 July 2016 17:15

When I first stood here in Downing Street on that evening in May 2010, I said we would confront our…

Andrea Leadsom gives an apology of sorts. But is it too late?

11 July 2016 7:45

Andrea Leadsom initially tried to go on the attack following the row over her motherhood comments sparked by an article…

May must sound optimistic about Brexit

9 July 2016 10:36

Theresa May’s biggest weakness in the Tory leadership race is that she backed Remain while most Tory members went Leave.…

Some thoughts on today’s Tory leadership elections

5 July 2016 17:28

You know what to expect: Theresa May wins, Andrea Leadsom comes second. Liam Fox forced out today, Stephen Crabb probably…

Theresa May’s Ottolenghi revelation is gobsmacking

5 July 2016 10:22

Forget footwear. The most telling thing about Theresa May, as suggested in interview with Robert Peston, is her cookbook collection…

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…

Why did Michael Gove suddenly withdraw his support from Boris Johnson?

30 June 2016 14:38

So, what happened? As late as yesterday afternoon, Michael Gove was trying to persuade fellow Cabinet Ministers to back Boris…

Boris Johnson: I will not be the next Tory leader

30 June 2016 11:50

Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the Tory leadership race. Here is his full speech: Last week the people…

‘I’m Theresa May and I’m the best person to be Prime Minister’

30 June 2016 10:24

‘My pitch is very simple, I’m Theresa May and I think I’m the best person to be Prime Minister’, she…

Boris makes it clear he isn’t interested in a coup against David Cameron

18 June 2016 10:31

The murder of Jo Cox was a moment that leaves you numb; an MP paying the ultimate price for the…

If Wiltshire Tories regard George Osborne as a socialist, he has a problem

17 March 2016 0:34

BBC Newsnight sent a crew to North Wiltshire today, to interview voters about the budget. Gladys Pek Yue Macrae, a…

Osborne suffers from being the Microsoft to Cameron’s Apple

15 March 2016 18:20

George Osborne’s battle to become Conservative leader may well be tougher than the battle he faces from the Labour opposition. The…

Boris Johnson: A mixture of principle and opportunism, just like every politician

22 February 2016 18:47

Boris Johnson is a slippery fish, but I don’t think Nick Cohen quite captures him in his blog post earlier…

Podcast special: Boris backs Brexit

21 February 2016 21:41

If Boris Johnson had behaved and backed David Cameron’s ‘in’ campaign, he would have been foreign secretary by the summer.…