Tory leadership

Tory backbenchers increasingly reconciled to another coalition

6 May 2015 12:18

Speaking to various senior Conservative backbenchers in the past 24 hours, I’ve been struck by how much support there is…

The Boris approach

21 March 2015 11:46

It is sometimes easy to forget that Boris is more than just a personality, that he has policy views too.…

Team Boris are catching ‘interesting fish’

19 January 2015 17:29

Who are the latest contenders in the Tory leadership battle and how much support do they have? That’s the question…

Why Boris and the Tory leadership are playing nicely

18 January 2015 10:55

For most of this parliament, Downing Street has been thoroughly paranoid about Boris Johnson and his intentions. Any attempt by…

The Blue on Blue action has to stop if the Tories are to win next May

21 December 2014 10:05

There’s little sign of a Christmas truce in the Conservative party this morning. Instead, the row between Theresa May’s camp…

TM4PM: It’s on

30 September 2014 18:40

Most Secretaries of State tend to lay low the night before their big conference speech, redrafting and practising. Not so…

Theresa May was a tough act for Boris Johnson to follow

30 September 2014 15:11

Boris Johnson and Theresa May both fancy a pop at the Tory leadership and both gave speeches today that showed…

Why no Tory can lecture another on leadership challenges

17 March 2014 14:51

The continued speculation about who in the Conservative party is putting the most effort into preparing their leadership hat to…

The post-Cameron long-list

3 March 2014 16:23

Boris being Boris, he has managed to rule something out without actually ruling anything out at all. As Isabel noted…

Question Time sketch: Adam Afriyie proves his enemies right

11 October 2013 11:41

Question Time last night featured Tory bad boy, and granny’s favourite, Adam Afriyie. Gosh he was a spectacle to behold.…

Boris Johnson’s speech to the Conservative conference: full text and audio

1 October 2013 15:13

listen to ‘Boris: ‘It’s time to cut the yellow Lib Dem albatross from around our necks’’ on Audioboo Good morning…

Theresa May today announced that Gary McKinnon will not face extradition to the US. Picture: Getty

May blossoms

9 March 2013 18:08

The question about Theresa May has always been what does she believe? Well, today in the widest-ranging speech of her…

Theresa May will face questions when Parliament returns on the efficacy of TPIMs. Picture: Getty

More Tory splits and plots

2 February 2013 11:32

David Cameron arrived back in the UK this morning to newspapers full of talk of Conservative splits and plots. The…

Polls suggest Boris as leader could be worth an extra 50 Tory MPs

15 October 2012 17:08

In their first poll conducted fully after all the party conferences, YouGov once again tested what difference replacing David Cameron…

Conservative conference: Boris refuses to say if Cameron’s doing a better job than he would

7 October 2012 21:36

Speaking to John Pieenar on  Five Live, Boris Johnson said he wished to deal with the leadership speculation, shoot it…

Gove for leader?

22 June 2012 13:00

Michael Gove’s name is being muttered in parliamentary tea rooms, figuratively at least. The leak of his plans to replace…

Shapps leading a reshuffled pack?

28 April 2012 17:25

The wettest drought on record has made work for idle thumbs on Twitter this afternoon. There is a smattering of…

Liddington: EU vote should follow a new treaty

23 October 2011 10:30

David Liddington, the Europe Minister, has just told the Murnaghan Show that the moment for a referendum on the European…

The Tories await Boris

3 October 2011 18:22

In just over an hour, Boris will make his first appearance in Manchester. The Tory hierarchy is acutely aware that…

Boris or Dave?

7 July 2011 16:48

Schoolboy rivalries never quite go away – just look at the ongoing competition between Boris Johnson and David Cameron. Even…