UK politics

It’s not Tim Farron who is illiberal: it’s society

21 May 2017 12:02

What a miserable election campaign Tim Farron is having. The Liberal Democrat leader wants to use broadcast interviews to talk…

Labour’s elections chief expects party to be cut down to 140 seats

19 May 2017 13:58

Labour’s elections team expects the party to be left with just 140 seats after the election, The Spectator has learned. I…

Government considering publishing its ‘no deal’, Brexit contingency plan

6 May 2017 10:04

It was tempting to view Theresa May’s Downing Street broadside against the European Commission as purely a piece of domestic…

These election results show the coming realignment of British politics

5 May 2017 19:08

The local elections have given us the clearest demonstration yet of how UK politics is being realigned. The Ukip vote…

Theresa May tells the country to go about its business normally tomorrow

22 March 2017 22:15

Speaking in Downing Street this evening, Theresa May has urged people to go about their business normally tomorrow. In a…

Numbers 10 & 11 need to find a better way of working together

18 March 2017 10:34

Philip Hammond should be sending George Osborne a case of the finest claret. For Osborne’s decision to accept the editorship…

The Tory Budget rebellion is growing

11 March 2017 10:34

The Tory rebellion over the tax hike on the self-employed isn’t abating, it is intensifying as I say in The…

Hammond gets a pasting in the press

8 March 2017 22:37

It’s fair to say that Philip Hammond hasn’t charmed Fleet Street with his Spring Budget.  There is little sympathy even…

Surrey Council’s ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ undermines ministers’ social care strategy

7 March 2017 17:55

On the eve of the Budget, the row about whether ministers struck a ‘sweetheart deal’ with Surrey Council on social…

Why the Commons headache over Brexit is only just beginning

3 March 2017 19:08

Theresa May might have won every Brexit vote in the House of Commons so far, but it’s getting trickier now.…

Government suffers its first Article 50 bill defeat

1 March 2017 18:52

In the past few minutes, the government has lost a vote in the House of Lords on a key aspect…

Labour haven’t hit rock bottom yet

25 February 2017 10:35

Copeland was a truly awful result for Labour. But as I say in The Sun this morning, the really alarming…

Labour hold Stoke as Ukip and Nuttall fail to breakthrough

24 February 2017 2:21

James Forsyth discusses the by-election results with Fraser Nelson and Isabel Hardman: Labour has avoided total electoral disaster and held…

Polls close in Copeland and Stoke

23 February 2017 23:05

Polls have closed in the Copeland and Stoke by-elections. It is too early to say with any certainty what the…

Cabinet wastes time with discussion on something it already agrees on

21 February 2017 13:09

If ever you wanted to understand what Theresa May’s relationship with her top ministers is like, today’s Cabinet meeting provides…

Labour has no alternative

18 February 2017 10:35

In normal times, by-elections are bad for governing parties and good for oppositions. But it is an indicator of how…

Number 10 distancing itself from Law Commission’s secrecy proposals

13 February 2017 18:33

There has been an understandable, and justified, outcry about the Law Commission’s proposed changes to secrecy legislation. The current proposals…

Why the Lords won’t block Brexit

11 February 2017 10:35

The government has no majority in the House of Lords and a majority of peers were pro-Remain. But despite this,…

Motion of no confidence in Bercow tabled

9 February 2017 18:24

The Tory backbencher James Duddridge has formally tabled a motion of no confidence in the Speaker John Bercow. Duddridge’s attempt…

The House of Commons votes for Brexit

8 February 2017 20:33

The drink will be flowing in the government whips’ office tonight. For the Brexit Bill has passed through the Commons…

Government defeats all amendments in first Brexit Bill Committee fight

7 February 2017 0:59

MPs are finally making their way out of Parliament – or staying for Ed Miliband’s late night adjournment debate –…

Ministers take the politically safe route on housing

5 February 2017 12:04

If a home was built for every new initiative, speech or newspaper article about “fixing the housing crisis”, our housing…

Sort the housing crisis, or a Corbyn will win a general election

4 February 2017 10:35

Jeremy Corbyn isn’t going to become Prime Minister. But if the housing crisis isn’t solved, the next left wing populist…

Theresa May’s failure to stand up to Trump will undermine her whole strategy

29 January 2017 11:21

Theresa May’s visit to Washington to meet President Trump last week was seen, before it happened, as being beneficial to…

A US / UK free trade deal is the big prize for Theresa May

28 January 2017 10:40

Theresa May’s team will be basking this morning in the write-ups of her successful visit to Washington. As I say…