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.

Prime Minister taken into intensive care

7 April 2020 5:29 am

In the past few minutes, Downing Street has announced that Boris Johnson is now in intensive care at St Thomas’…

How will Keir Starmer use his 'huge mandate' to lead?

4 April 2020 10:34 pm

After both his victories in the two Labour leadership elections he faced, Jeremy Corbyn boasted about his ‘huge mandate’ from…

The oddest thing people are stockpiling? Hens

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Is there nothing people won’t panic-buy during this crisis? Having stripped shelves of food and toilet roll, shoppers are now…

The truth behind 'do not resuscitate' orders

4 April 2020 5:34 am

Coronavirus is revealing many good things about our society: the number of people willing to volunteer to help tackle the outbreak…

The ugliness of coronavirus shaming

23 March 2020 1:44 am

In the early years of the First World War, a man out of uniform had a reasonable chance of being…

Brexit, Boris and the battle to be Labour leader: Lisa Nandy interviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Lisa Nandy on Brexit, Boris and the long race for the Labour leadership

Why has coronavirus not closed parliament?

12 March 2020 9:34 am

Why hasn’t parliament been closed after Health minister Nadine Dorries contracted coronavirus? Why isn’t the government demanding the cancellation of…

The latest fad: eating your way to better mental health

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

The latest fad involves eating your way to better mental health

Keir Starmer makes it onto the Labour leadership ballot: who else will join him?

21 January 2020 5:15 am

Keir Starmer has made it through to the final round of the Labour leadership contest, having secured the backing of…

Is Labour heading for another Kinnock moment?

18 January 2020 3:08 am

‘You end in the grotesque chaos of a Labour council – a Labour council – hiring taxis to scuttle round…

MPs need an alternative career path to just becoming a minister

17 January 2020 5:53 am

Parliament feels rather quiet at the moment, and it’s not just because there are no longer constant knife-edge votes on…

Inside the Labour leadership campaigns: who is running the show?

15 January 2020 9:10 pm

Now that the second phase of the Labour leadership contest is underway, the five candidates are finalising their campaign teams.…

Labour leadership contest: the state of the race so far

6 January 2020 6:15 am

The candidates to replace Jeremy Corbyn have been busily launching their campaigns and giving political interviews this weekend, with the…

Will the new Tory MPs truly ‘change politics for the better’?

16 December 2019 9:55 pm

It’s the first proper day in the Commons for newly-elected MPs, though many of them took part in induction sessions…

Can Labour’s moderates learn from all their mistakes?

14 December 2019 3:18 am

Labour’s defeat is so terrible that it provides the kind of creative destruction that could save the party. It will…

Boris Johnson promises to ‘unite and level up’ the UK. Can he really achieve that?

14 December 2019 2:53 am

Boris Johnson’s victory speech in Downing Street was aimed at the voters unsure about his government, whether they be the…

Tories benefit from no-show at chaotic TV debate as election enters final days

9 December 2019 7:49 am

Believe it or not, there was yet another televised election debate tonight, this time on Channel 4, called the ‘Everything…

Jeremy Corbyn flounders on anti-Semitism, Brexit, tax and spending

27 November 2019 7:05 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s interview with Andrew Neil was one of the most uncomfortable half hours of the Labour leader’s tenure. In…

Starling murmurations are a display more dazzling than fireworks

23 November 2019 9:00 am

It’s late afternoon in the car park of Workington Asda. A little crowd is gathering in one corner, most of…

Only one thing is certain in this general election

12 November 2019 3:26 am

No one has much certainty about what sort of government we will end up with after this election. Even when…

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson quits parliament

7 November 2019 7:08 am

In the past few minutes, Tom Watson has announced that he is stepping down at this election. In a surprise…

Why would anyone normal want to be an MP?

30 October 2019 1:10 am

Heidi Allen has announced she is standing down at the election, citing the culture of abuse and intimidation in politics…

Caroline Flint: why I’m backing this Brexit deal

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Nothing in Caroline Flint’s CV would have marked her out as someone who would end up marshalling 19 of her…

Will MPs block the government’s mad dash to get the Withdrawal Agreement Bill through?

22 October 2019 4:27 am

Appropriately, given the length of time it has taken politicians of all colours to continue putting off taking any sort…

The question for wavering MPs: do they really trust Boris Johnson?

19 October 2019 10:52 pm

Boris Johnson is still pursuing today’s vote as a decisive moment for the Brexit deal, rather than the start of…