UK politics

Could a new backbench tribe help Theresa May fix social care?

3 August 2017 18:52

This time a year ago, Westminster was trying to work out what Mayism was. Perhaps, we wondered, it was a…

Politicians are still not sure what Brexit means or whether they can make a success of it

28 July 2017 18:05

It was only a year ago that ‘Brexit means Brexit, and we’re going to make a success of it’ seemed…

Is the government really going to be able to make the switch to electric cars?

27 July 2017 18:06

Don’t electric cars sound exciting? No exhaust emissions creating a toxic soup for children to breathe in as they go…

Cabinet agreement on Brexit doesn’t equal Tory harmony

24 July 2017 19:15

What’s the most significant thing that Liam Fox has said today, as he begins talks with the US on a…

What will Jeremy Corbyn do next?

21 July 2017 16:43

The Labour party has a troubling recess ahead of it. Many of its members just won’t know what to do…

How doing a ‘Good Thing’ can make ministers mess up

20 July 2017 13:30

One of the few bits of legislation that the government thinks it can get past MPs is a domestic violence…

It’s not Theresa May who should rebuke naughty ministers. It’s her backbenchers.

17 July 2017 14:10

Theresa May is to rebuke her Cabinet tomorrow for the way its members have been behaving over the past week.…

Theresa May’s downsizing relaunch

11 July 2017 15:14

Every political leader and government goes through a phase when their spin doctors feel they need a relaunch. For some,…

The government can’t do its job properly with Theresa May in charge

7 July 2017 14:51

Time was when Theresa May ran such a tight ship as Prime Minister that even so much as talking off…

DUP pushes a hard bargain as talks with Tories stall

20 June 2017 18:23

Tomorrow Theresa May will present a Queen’s Speech that doesn’t have the formal support of a majority of the House…

Will the Tories’ new domestic abuse bill make any difference?

16 June 2017 17:01

What can Theresa May put in the Queen’s Speech next week? The Prime Minister was always a cautious sort who…

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

15 June 2017 8:55

Was Tim Farron’s resignation as Liberal Democrat leader inevitable? He seems to suggest so, saying in his striking resignation statement…

Why has Theresa May moved one of her best whips?

12 June 2017 22:16

The reshuffle announcements keep rolling miserably on, with Theresa May congratulating herself on people bothering to answer the phone to…

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…