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Tory MP still sticks to the ‘strong and stable’ script

12 June 2017 15:21

Although Theresa May’s premiership is now looking anything but strong and stable, the Prime Minister will be pleased to learn…

The West Midlands will tell us how big May will win in June

4 May 2017 15:23

The most intriguing aspect of today’s local elections is the contest for the new West Midlands Mayoralty. In normal times,…

Theresa May won’t get a better chance to deal with the social care crisis

6 January 2017 8:57

What is the greatest problem facing Theresa May this year? The Prime Minister is preparing for her speech on what…

Should we be nice to foreigners? The new Brexit vs Remain divide

10 October 2016 9:11

Amber Rudd’s proposal to make companies publish lists of how many foreign workers they employ inflicted significant damage to one…

Theresa May’s Brexit vision gets the thumbs-up from the traditional Tory troublemakers

4 October 2016 12:49

Theresa May hasn’t been Prime Minister for 100 days yet but already she’s achieved what few other Tory leaders before…

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…

I always defended Michael Gove. Then I met him

30 June 2016 15:17

This piece first appeared in The Spectator on 15 March 2014.  A few weeks ago, I was a guest at…

‘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…

Michael Gove: why I’m standing for the Tory leadership

30 June 2016 9:13

The British people voted for change last Thursday. They sent us a clear instruction that they want Britain to leave…

George Osborne rules himself out of Tory leadership race

28 June 2016 7:49

George Osborne has ruled himself out of the Tory party leadership contest. The Chancellor said that whilst he accepted the…

What the papers say: Did ‘Operation Batter Boris’ go too far?

10 June 2016 8:16

The takeaway point from last night’s EU referendum showdown was the extent of the personal attacks on Boris. The former…

The Spectator podcast: Eugenics, Tory wars and poetry

31 March 2016 8:25

We’re delighted to have Berry Bros sponsor our flagship podcast. For some years now their ‘Good Ordinary Claret‘ has been The Spectator’s house red, served to all our guests…

George Osborne starts a fight in the Commons and comes out unscathed

22 March 2016 14:52

George Osborne turned up in the Commons chamber with a clear plan to get through this Budget debate: turn it…

Will Nicky Morgan be the next Prime Minister?

1 October 2015 16:34

When David Cameron announced that he wouldn’t serve a third term, he made it inevitable that Westminster would spend much…

Has Andy Burnham’s wife kissed a Tory?

13 July 2015 14:09

When Andy Burnham attended London Pride, the Labour leadership hopeful proudly sported a t-shirt which read ‘never kissed a Tory’.…

PMQs sketch: And they’re back

3 June 2015 16:33

‘Don’t gloat’. Cameron trotted along to the Commons today with this commandment ringing in his ears. He nearly managed it.…

Camilla Cavendish to head Number 10 policy unit

21 May 2015 14:00

As British politics becomes more presidential, the structure of Number 10 matters more and more. David Cameron values continuity, collegiality…

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…

Cameron wins 81 seat majority in the (junior) General Election

5 May 2015 11:40

At last, David Cameron has won an election. First News, a weekly newspaper for school children, organised a national Junior…

The Good Life – how a 70s sitcom became a Tory lodestar

14 April 2015 13:08

Hearing David Cameron’s many references to the ‘good life’ may puzzle younger voters who did not grow up with Richard…