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.

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…

John McDonnell is taking back control

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Over the past few weeks, rumours have swirled in Westminster that the Labour party has acquired a new leader —…

Boris Johnson ‘very confident’ MPs will back his deal

18 October 2019 4:33 am

Boris Johnson has just given a very upbeat press conference about his Brexit deal, despite the DUP being clear that…

Did anyone take today’s Queen’s Speech seriously?

15 October 2019 3:38 am

If today’s Queen’s Speech was meant to offer a preview of what the next general election and life after it…

Can ministers really hold their nerve on Brexit this week?

14 October 2019 6:39 am

Boris Johnson is now in what’s known in cricket as the ‘Nervous Nineties’, when a batsman becomes so anxious about…

Is Boris really going to ask for a Brexit extension?

4 October 2019 11:06 pm

Boris Johnson will seek an extension to Article 50 if there is no Brexit deal by 19 October, documents read…

Cast off: how knitters turned nasty

28 September 2019 9:00 am

At first glance, Nathan Taylor might seem the very definition of a ‘right on’ hipster. He goes by the name…

Has Boris Johnson ruined his chances of passing a Brexit deal?

26 September 2019 8:56 pm

Boris Johnson’s behaviour in the Commons last night was clearly part of his strategy to set up a ‘people vs…

Corbyn takes aim at Labour’s favourite bogeymen in conference speech

25 September 2019 3:09 am

Jeremy Corbyn has just delivered one of his better party conference speeches. It wasn’t just because it was much shorter…

Boris has more in common with Corbyn than he thinks

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s opponents love to accuse him of using the ‘Trump playbook’. Some on the left have become so obsessed…

Why Tom Watson is battling to change Labour’s Brexit policy

12 September 2019 12:32 am

Why has Tom Watson given a speech about what his party leadership should do on Brexit? The party’s deputy leader…

How much collateral damage can the Tory party take?

9 September 2019 10:00 pm

Amber Rudd’s resignation has clearly been a blow to the government, but it wasn’t a huge surprise that she went…

Ex-Tory rebels threaten to stand as Conservatives in election

5 September 2019 3:32 am

Rebel ex-Tory MPs are complaining of ‘unconstitutional’ treatment by their party and are planning to stand at the next election…

Election on 14 October if government loses no-deal vote

3 September 2019 4:30 am

There will be a general election on 14 October if MPs defeat the government tomorrow on no-deal Brexit legislation. Number…

Will Labour MPs really back a general election?

3 September 2019 1:09 am

There’s an assumption in Westminster that the Labour Party would have to back a snap general election if Boris Johnson…

Shot of a focused young man cleaning the surface of a table with cleaning equipment at home during the day

Taking pride in household chores really can ease depression

31 August 2019 9:00 am

There are many books about what it’s like to live with mental illness and the aftermath of child sexual abuse.…

What will the Tory and Labour election campaigns look like?

30 August 2019 5:03 am

We know that the Conservatives are gearing up for an election in the next few months. Their official line is…

Will the no-deal opponents finally get their act together?

28 August 2019 10:07 pm

So what now for the opponents of no deal? Boris Johnson has dramatically called their bluff, and as Mr Steerpike…

Johnson confirms he will prorogue parliament

28 August 2019 7:43 pm

Downing Street has just confirmed that the Prime Minister will be asking the Queen to prorogue parliament ahead of a…

Is the Chancellor’s cancelled speech another sign an early election is looming?

28 August 2019 1:11 am

Sajid Javid has this afternoon cancelled a speech he was due to give tomorrow, and brought forward the one-year spending…

Stop thinking Merkel will save us, Dominic Cummings warns

24 August 2019 3:59 am

Is Boris Johnson more likely to get a Brexit deal after his meetings with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron? The…

France says no deal now the most likely Brexit outcome. But why now?

22 August 2019 2:15 am

Why would French government officials brief that they think it most likely Britain will leave the European Union without a…

Social media is making it harder to hear legitimate criticism

20 August 2019 2:16 am

When was the last time you were in a Twitter mob? We know these maelstroms of anger so well now,…

Dominic Raab has to handle a stand-off with Iran and his own civil servants

25 July 2019 4:06 am

It’s not an easy time to become Foreign Secretary, as Dominic Raab is about to find out. There is, of…