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.

Forgive and forget

2 September 2017 9:00 am

To begin with, Theresa May was not planning to take a three-week holiday — but she was subtly advised that,…

Liz Kendall (image: Getty)

Parliament’s new tribe

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Parliament’s new tribe

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Parliament’s new tribe

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Parliament’s new tribe

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Parliament’s new tribe

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Parliament’s new tribe

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

Politics is such a fickle game that it’s perfectly acceptable to believe six impossible things before breakfast without ever having…

Labour can't learn from its mistakes. Here's why

14 May 2016 9:00 am

By now, Labour should be rather good at post-defeat inquests. Plenty have been conducted over the years and the drill…

Zac's campaign is as good as over; Labour will retake London

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The Labour plotters who dream of ousting Jeremy Corbyn had high hopes for the local elections on 5 May. They…

What Muslims think

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Do you have sympathy with young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria? It’s a hard question…

‘Perhaps we needed to tip the whole thing over’: Jon Cruddas on Jeremy Corbyn's Labour

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Shortly before the last election a group of Labour MPs approached Ed Miliband to ask him what he would do…

Yes, Syrian children need foster homes. But so do British ones

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Would you open your home to a migrant child? If the reaction to the drowning of three-year-old Alan Kurdi is…

Yvette Cooper interview: ‘It’s not going to be my style to vote against the Labour whip 500 times like Jeremy!’

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Yvette Cooper treated herself to a morning off from the campaign trail last weekend. It didn’t sound very relaxing, though:…

Think Cameron’s small majority will hold him back? Not with his new army of loyalists

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Time was when the Conservatives believed that a small majority — which puts a government at the mercy of backbench…

Labour MPs’ next choice: which leadership coup to back

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s close friend Tony Benn had five questions he always asked of those in power: ‘What power have you…

Labour's already running out of time to regain its lost voters

15 August 2015 9:00 am

The Labour leadership contest was supposed to be a debate about the party’s future. Instead it has oscillated between petty…

Whoever wins the Labour leadership, Blairism is at death’s door

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The exhausted Labour leadership contest takes a bucket-and-spade holiday next week, with all four candidates agreeing to an uneasy truce…

Meet the Tories’ Welsh Wizard: an interview with Stephen Crabb

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Blue collars are all the rage in the Tory party these days, which makes Stephen Crabb a very fashionable cabinet…

Andy Burnham interview: 'I wanted a different approach, because I'm mainstream Labour'

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Time was when Andy Burnham passed for a middle-of-the-road Labourite: he was deemed insufficiently dramatic and impressive to secure much…

Why would someone pay hundreds of pounds for one snowdrop bulb? I think I know

31 January 2015 9:00 am

I think I’m coming down with galanthomania. It’s a rare affliction, but one that’s hard to shake, and it’s affecting…

Archbishop John Sentamu on why politicians are like men arguing at a urinal

17 January 2015 9:00 am

‘I shoot further than you, I am the biggest of the men!’ says John Sentamu, Archbishop of York. He is talking…

Never mind the general election: Tories are already fighting the Europe referendum

29 November 2014 9:00 am

It is quite normal in British politics for a political party to turn on itself after an election defeat —…

The Tories are paying the price for their swagger over the Rochester by-election

15 November 2014 9:00 am

In a corner of the Ukip campaign office in Rochester, a light-up orb is spinning, with the words ‘Vote Mark…

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Conservative Anglicans’ emergency plan to escape women bishops

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Anglicans aren’t the sort of church-goers who set much store by miracles, signs and wonders. Yet their own church is one…

How Eurosceptics will squeeze Cameron

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Tory backbenchers, who have been happy for months, are once more sunk in gloom, sitting in dejected huddles in the…