UK politics

Hancock’s holding line sums up the Tory party’s policy problem

2 October 2018 16:12

So much of this Conservative conference has felt like a holding line from the party leadership, as though having the…

Why Tory members are deserting the conference hall

2 October 2018 15:11

One of the stories of this Conservative conference is the contrast between the crowd and atmosphere in the main conference…

Full text: Boris Johnson’s Tory fringe speech

2 October 2018 13:39

Good afternoon my friends and fellow ConHomers. It is great to be here in Birmingham where so many thoroughfares in…

Full text: Sajid Javid’s Conservative conference speech

2 October 2018 12:19

It’s a huge privilege to be standing here as Home Secretary. Now I know the question on your mind. So…

Boris fever hits Tory party conference

2 October 2018 11:37

Boris Johnson has arrived at Tory party conference and excitement among activists is building ahead of his big speech at…

There’s one thing Rees-Mogg and his loyal followers don’t agree on

2 October 2018 9:35

Most politicians can only dream of having the cult following that Jacob Rees-Mogg is enjoying at Conservative party conference. His…

The Tories’ Boris Johnson problem

1 October 2018 20:53

I watched the Tory party conference on television this morning for as long as I could take it. Obviously I…

Watch: ‘Sack the woman’ – Jacob Rees-Mogg heckled at Brexit rally

1 October 2018 19:33

It’s safe to say that Jacob Rees-Mogg isn’t keen on the Prime Minister’s Chequers plan. But Rees-Mogg has still stopped…

Michael Gove gives Tory activists something to finally cheer about

1 October 2018 16:07

We may have just witnessed the first outbreak of genuine interest from the Conservative conference floor. Michael Gove was speaking…

Jacob Rees-Mogg: We need to stop the ‘Ukip-isation’ of Brexit

1 October 2018 15:19

The star of Conservative party conference so far can’t be found in the main hall. Instead, they are best spotted…

Full text: Michael Gove’s Conservative conference speech

1 October 2018 14:57

Our island nation has been defined by its relationship with the sea. It has been our doorway to global trade, a…

The humiliating end to Leanne Wood’s Plaid Cymru leadership

1 October 2018 14:28

‘The morning had been golden; the noontide was bronze; and the evening lead.’ So said Churchill about the career of…

Philip Hammond’s plan won’t help the Tories defeat Labour

1 October 2018 13:55

Philip Hammond’s speech showed quite how insecure the Conservatives are feeling about themselves at the moment. The Chancellor was trying…

The problem with Philip Hammond’s speech

1 October 2018 13:24

Tories used to laugh at Jeremy Corbyn. But today, Philip Hammond said that the questions Labour are asking ‘deserve a…

Watch: Liam Fox blasts ‘crazy’ Lib Dems

1 October 2018 13:02

Liam Fox was once a minister in a Tory-Lib Dem government. But seven years is a long time in politics.…

Boris Johnson’s fake field of wheat

1 October 2018 12:36

Mr S was intrigued by reports that the former foreign secretary had been photographed running through a field of wheat…

Chris Grayling fails to deliver

1 October 2018 12:27

Chris Grayling opened his conference speech by talking about a 50 year delay. Initially he could have been mistaken for…

Full text: Philip Hammond’s Conservative conference speech

1 October 2018 12:19

Liz, thank you for that introduction……and for tearing yourself away from your beloved Instagram account for a few minutes. And thank…

Dominic Raab’s conference speech won’t harm his leadership ambitions

1 October 2018 11:26

Dominic Raab has just given an impressive, grown-up speech to Tory conference that will see his stock rise still further.…

Watch: Philip Hammond rows back on Boris criticism

1 October 2018 8:39

It’s day two of Conservative party conference and the Tory wars are in full swing. This morning it’s the turn…

Tories try to reinvigorate their party with money for ‘diverse’ candidates

30 September 2018 20:08

The Tory conference hall is, so far, struggling to replicate the size and excitement of Labour’s gathering last week. This…

Tory MP: Conservatives resemble ‘the armed wing of Ukip’

30 September 2018 19:54

It’s day one of Tory conference and already the blue-on-blue warfare is rife. Aside from Boris-bashing in the main hall,…

Jeremy Hunt talks tough on Brussels – and stokes leadership talk

30 September 2018 19:36

The most notable thing about this year’s Conservative conference is the disconnect between the leadership and the members. This afternoon…

Has Priti Patel found the answer to Corbynism?

30 September 2018 19:16

What’s the antidote to Corbyn? Thatcher, according to Priti Patel. Britain’s former PM might be public enemy number one in…

Brandon Lewis fails to draw a crowd

30 September 2018 19:03

Oh dear. Ahead of Tory conference there had been talk among the European Research Group of plans to ’empty-hall’ Theresa…