Tory leadership

The two sides of the Tory leadership contest

25 May 2019 10:46

The way to think about the Tory leadership contest is—I say in The Sun, this morning—that it is like a…

Boris Johnson

The leadership contest solves nothing

24 May 2019 12:34

Theresa May has been forced from office by her own MPs because they concluded there would be no progress on…

How would Andrea Leadsom fare in another Tory leadership contest?

8 May 2019 13:43

Andrea Leadsom has become the latest Cabinet minister to suggest that they would like to succeed Theresa May as Prime…

It’s time to send for Michael Gove

24 March 2019 11:16

On Friday in the Spectator’s Coffee House podcast I suggested Michael Gove should be installed as a caretaker leader until June.…

Victory? No, yesterday’s result weakens May’s authority still further

12 December 2018 22:22

Theresa May has survived the vote, but her authority is weakened still further. More than a third of Tory MPs…

Will the government find a way to avoid Tuesday’s vote?

8 December 2018 10:47

Key Cabinet Ministers are urging Theresa May to avoid a vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday night. I report…

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.…