UK politics

The rules of the Tory leadership contest make it a wild card to play

8 October 2017 9:00

The moment Philip May helped his wife from the stage after her conference speech, it became clear that it is…

The three things Theresa May must do

7 October 2017 10:32

Even loyal Cabinet Minister admit that the Tories can’t go on like this for another 18 months. As I say…

Andrew Mitchell to speak at plotter Grant Shapps’ dinner tonight

6 October 2017 17:40

Grant Shapps isn’t the most popular man in the Tory party at the moment, but at least he has a…

Will the UK’s new senior judge change the Supreme Court?

6 October 2017 17:00

The Supreme Court is changing.  Three new Justices are taking office, including Lady Black, who is only the second woman…

Full list: Which Tory MPs have backed May – and who wants her gone?

6 October 2017 16:58

Grant Shapps’ bid to stir up a rebellion against Theresa May has almost certainly failed. Instead, his decision to publicly…

Theresa May’s speech was a dud because Tories can’t do rhetoric

6 October 2017 16:50

There are many ways to make a conference speech memorable and Theresa May managed most of them. A prankster with…

Grant Shapps and his Tory colleagues are thrilled that Labour will abstain on the EU referendum bill. Picture: Getty

Has the Shapps plot changed anything for Theresa May?

6 October 2017 16:43

The Tory party is in a furious mood following Theresa May’s conference speech. MPs are swearing, ranting, and muttering dire…

The best way to learn about socialism is to experience it

6 October 2017 15:33

I think it’s fair to say that Theresa May did not have a cracking conference, but the sympathy vote might…

Is Jeremy Corbyn following the Ian Paisley playbook?

6 October 2017 14:26

By the simple expedients of being cheerful and attacking Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson scored a deserved hit at the Tory…

Listen: Baroness Warsi tells Grant Shapps to shut up

6 October 2017 13:47

Grant Shapps’ attempt to topple Theresa May is not going quite to plan. Tory MPs are busy tweeting their support…

Does the Tory party really want to decapitate itself?

6 October 2017 13:29

It’s taken me a while, but I think I’ve got my head around this now. Grant Shapps is proposing that…

The Conservatives have lost the ability to defend freedom

6 October 2017 12:31

The Conservatives now have a real fight on their hands. After 1979, as champions of  free-market capitalism, they seemed to…

Grant Shapps left out in the cold on Tory WhatsApp

6 October 2017 10:23

It’s safe to say that Grant Shapps’ plot to oust Theresa May is not going to plan. After being outed…

Who will join the Grant Shapps and Ed Vaizey rebellion?

6 October 2017 8:36

A move against Theresa May led by someone with their career in front of them might be seen as a…

Will banks really leave Britain after Brexit?

6 October 2017 8:30

In the run-up to last year’s referendum, some grave-faced pundits predicted that Brexit would prompt a mass exodus of bankers…

Whether Theresa May survives depends on two things

5 October 2017 13:33

Is Theresa May now doomed after her conference speech went so badly wrong? Tory MPs were yesterday so shocked by…

Theresa May’s staff broke all of Machiavelli’s rules

5 October 2017 13:00

Theresa May must have woken up this morning wondering, for a split second, if yesterday was all just a very…

The Tories had an election-winning conference – for Jeremy Corbyn

5 October 2017 12:42

If Labour’s party conference in Brighton suggested the party was in a celebratory mood, that sense of triumphalism has been…

The Spectator’s support for free trade is nothing new

5 October 2017 12:25

Free trade hasn’t always been a British tradition. When the first issue of The Spectator hit the newsstands in July…

Listen: Ed Vaizey says ‘quite a few’ MPs want May to resign

5 October 2017 11:54

Oh dear. After yesterday’s calamitous leader’s speech, Theresa May’s position looks a little less secure than it did prior to…

Newsnight’s Tory conference meltdown

5 October 2017 10:26

After Theresa May’s leader’s speech fell victim to pranks, health issues and technical glitches, the Prime Minister has received a…

May’s meltdown: the verdict in the German press

5 October 2017 9:05

Theresa May had hoped her Conservative conference speech would not only paper over the cracks within her own party but also strengthen…

Theresa May’s disastrous conference speech: the newspaper verdict

5 October 2017 8:42

Theresa May’s Tory party conference speech was a memorable one if only for all the wrong reasons. A prankster, her…

It’s time to call it a day on this Tory government

5 October 2017 8:25

Some of you may not like this, but the BBC Ten O’Clock News last night was pretty scrupulous in its…

The Tories aren’t too white. They’re too blue

4 October 2017 17:53

Why do Tories all look the same? This year, having never been to a party conference before, I went to…