Isabel Hardman

Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator and edits the Coffee House blog. She also presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

Can Lindsay Hoyle survive as Speaker?

22 February 2024 7:14 pm

Lindsay Hoyle’s justification for tearing up convention on the Gaza vote was that he had become worried for MPs’ safety…

Lindsay Hoyle apologises amid Commons chaos

22 February 2024 6:25 am

The Commons has gone into meltdown this evening over the Speaker’s handling of the Gaza ceasefire motion, with the Speaker…

Why is Labour going after Kemi Badenoch?

22 February 2024 12:55 am

One person dominated Prime Minister’s Questions, and it wasn’t Rishi Sunak or Keir Starmer. It was Kemi Badenoch, who appears…

Why are the Tories, Labour and the SNP changing their tune on Gaza?

21 February 2024 8:07 am

The government has now tabled its own amendment to the SNP motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. This change…

Is Starmer changing his mind on Gaza?

20 February 2024 7:12 am

Labour has significantly shifted its language on Israel’s conflict with Hamas over the past 24 hours. But has it changed…

Kemi Badenoch is a one-woman attack unit

20 February 2024 4:55 am

Kemi Badenoch has been launching a few more grenades into the Post Office row, with a bullish statement in the…

David Cameron is taking a harsher line on Israel

14 February 2024 4:22 am

Lord Cameron has shown again this afternoon how much the government’s tone on the conflict in Gaza has changed recently.…

Who’s to blame for Labour’s green U-turn?

9 February 2024 4:51 am

Who to blame for the demise of Labour’s £28 billion annual green investment pledge? According to Keir Starmer, it’s the…

Nicola Sturgeon’s torrid time at the Covid Inquiry

1 February 2024 4:30 am

Nicola Sturgeon’s afternoon at the Covid Inquiry was pretty brutal. She was subjected to a difficult round of questioning on…

Starmer and Sunak argue about a man called Phil

1 February 2024 12:36 am

Keir Starmer opened PMQs by describing ‘the plight of the Member for Mid Norfolk’, whose mortgage had gone up by…

The Lords’ debate exposed the holes in the Tories’ Rwanda Bill

30 January 2024 10:23 pm

What sort of trouble is the Rwanda deportation legislation going to get into in the Lords? It passed its second…

Do the Tories really ‘have a plan’?

30 January 2024 5:15 am

Tory ministers are now well rehearsed in the latest slogan that Rishi Sunak wants to take into the election. Today’s…

NHS consultants have created another headache for the Tories

26 January 2024 4:53 am

The government has just lost one of its bargaining chips in the long-running junior doctors’ strikes: hospital consultants have narrowly…

Sunak dodges Tory revolt on council cash crisis

25 January 2024 3:37 am

Rishi Sunak sidestepped another Tory rebellion this afternoon with the announcement of an extra £500 million in funding for councils…

When will Starmer and Sunak get with the times at PMQs?

25 January 2024 12:29 am

‘Another week with no ideas. Absolutely no ideas for this country and absolutely no plans.’ Either Rishi Sunak or Keir…

Simon Clarke isn’t the only Tory MP unhappy with Sunak

24 January 2024 9:12 pm

Simon Clarke’s detonation last night didn’t come as a huge surprise. The Tory whips had already pre-briefed a group of…

Starmer and Sunak agree for now on Red Sea attacks

24 January 2024 1:16 am

What happens if the latest round of strikes against the Houthis don’t deter them? That was the big question as…

Why the Tories should think twice about pre-election tax cuts

23 January 2024 4:38 am

Are Jeremy Hunt and Rishi Sunak asking the right question as they approach the spring Budget? For the Chancellor and…

Does Sunak have a relatability problem?

20 January 2024 1:54 am

Rishi Sunak has been caught on camera apparently walking away from a woman who has just started telling him about…

Only 11 Tories vote against Rwanda Bill

18 January 2024 8:49 am

As expected, the Commons has backed the Safety of Rwanda Bill at third reading by 320 votes to 276. Just…

Sunak and Starmer can’t help but trade identical insults

18 January 2024 12:31 am

Another week, another Prime Minister’s Questions featuring the two party leaders trading exactly the same insult: you don’t believe in…

Tory rebels defy No. 10 over the Rwanda Bill

17 January 2024 6:27 am

It’s always a mistake for Downing Street to pretend it knows backbenchers’ minds better than they do It turns out…

Houthi attacks are nothing to do with Gaza, says Sunak

16 January 2024 5:46 am

Rishi Sunak has updated MPs on the strikes against Houthi targets in Yemen, just as a missile reportedly from the…

We don’t need targets to know the NHS is failing

12 January 2024 4:32 am

How has the NHS missed most of its key targets for the past seven years? Some parts of the UK-wide…

Are the Tories cooling on their support for Israel?

11 January 2024 11:54 pm

The language in the government and parliament over Israel has changed a lot this week. Ministers are no longer mounting…