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.

Starmer will regret his submission to liberal intolerance

7 April 2021 3:15 am

Keir Starmer obviously regrets visiting Jesus House last week because of the furore it has caused in his own party.…

Is Matt Hancock trying to spin a vaccine supply crisis?

18 March 2021 5:33 am

Matt Hancock was tremendously smiley when he led Wednesday’s coronavirus press briefing. In between beaming, he managed to tell us…

Rishi Sunak's real opponent

10 March 2021 2:01 am

Things are starting to get more awkward for Rishi Sunak — something the Chancellor has long been prepared for. He…

Did Boris Johnson do 'everything he could' to limit Covid deaths?

27 January 2021 5:44 am

Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty and Simon Stevens held a very sombre press conference in Downing Street this evening to mark…

The delicate balancing act of lockdown messaging

12 January 2021 7:14 am

Matt Hancock spent Monday evening trying to explain a very delicate tension to the public. There’s the good news of…

The healthcare backlog will be Boris Johnson’s next challenge

8 January 2021 6:52 am

Boris Johnson’s coronavirus press briefing this evening was largely an upbeat discussion of how the vaccination programme is being rolled…

Boris Johnson’s Christmas Covid gamble

17 December 2020 3:56 am

Boris Johnson is taking a gamble with his decision to stick with the easing of Covid restrictions for Christmas. The…

The Tory Covid wars aren't going away

8 December 2020 3:58 am

The Covid wars in the Tory party aren’t going away any time soon, not least because MPs are expecting a…

Boris hasn't seen the last of the Tory lockdown rebels

3 December 2020 8:03 am

Boris Johnson is wrong if he thinks this week’s Tory rebellion on the tiered system marks the end of his…

Have Boris and Starmer worked out each other's weaknesses?

26 November 2020 3:12 am

Sir Keir Starmer is continuing to use his Prime Minister’s Questions to build a narrative about the government’s lack of…

Corbyn's Labour party suspension lifted after just 19 days

18 November 2020 6:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn has been readmitted into the Labour party just 19 days after he was suspended for saying that anti-Semitism…

Boris set to unveil 'Ten Point Plan' for a green industrial revolution

16 November 2020 9:30 am

Boris Johnson wants to use this week to relaunch his leadership after a torrid few days in his top team.…

Does Boris have a supporters’ club left in Parliament?

16 November 2020 3:19 am

Boris Johnson needs to use the departure of Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain to repair relations with his Parliamentary party.…

Boris's 'Captain Hindsight' attack backfires

2 November 2020 2:50 am

Boris Johnson may be able to explain his U-turn on imposing a second national lockdown on England in policy terms,…

Angry Burnham takes on No. 10

16 October 2020 6:42 am

Keir Starmer has made life difficult for Boris Johnson this week with his demand for a circuit-breaker lockdown. But the…

MPs can no longer stomach government by decree

29 September 2020 7:13 am

This evening’s Commons debate has shown the extent of Tory backbench frustration over ministers refusal to consult them on increasing…

Can Rishi Sunak win back the Tory backbenches?

4 September 2020 3:52 am

It’s not going to be an easy autumn for the Tories, which is why the top brass have started holding…

The real test for Starmer will come post-Covid

2 September 2020 12:44 am

Labour is gearing up for its first big Commons clash since returning from recess this afternoon, with shadow education secretary…

Boris's back to work campaign is strangely un-Conservative

29 August 2020 5:21 am

If you want a measure of how in control of things the government currently feels, look no further than today’s…

Why hasn’t the government done more to protect domestic abuse victims?

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Ministers have failed to help abuse victims in lockdown

The hidden costs of Covid

13 August 2020 5:37 pm

We do not know what the long-term impact of coronavirus will be on mental health. We are still not through…

Stripping Julian Lewis of the Tory whip could backfire on Boris

16 July 2020 6:23 am

Boris Johnson hasn’t had as much authority over his MPs as he might have expected over the past few months.…

The importance of the Natural Health Service

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Spending time outside is vital for mental health

Who is in charge of the government?

21 April 2020 10:52 pm

Boris Johnson is still officially recuperating from coronavirus at Chequers and is ‘not doing government work’, according to No. 10.…

Domestic abuse sufferers are the hidden victims of lockdown

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Domestic abuse sufferers are the hidden victims of lockdown