Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

The Labour candidates the Tories are worried about

11 January 2020 9:00 am

When a Labour politician or aide stops to chat in the corridors of parliament these days, they only have one…

Cummings offers a glimpse of the incoming Whitehall revolution

3 January 2020 6:33 am

Over the parliamentary recess, there’s been much speculation over what the government’s mooted Whitehall revamp will mean in practice. Part…

Indyref2 could be the biggest headache of Boris’s premiership

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Nicola Sturgeon is the only opposition leader who survived the general election. She has emerged far stronger. The Tories had…

Why Boris Johnson is talking about ‘ten years’ time’

20 December 2019 3:47 am

One of the most striking things about the government’s Queen’s Speech was Boris Johnson’s focus on where the country could…

Inside Labour’s post-election PLP meeting – ‘We lost the f—ing election’

18 December 2019 7:04 am

The first meeting of the parliamentary Labour party since the party’s disastrous election defeat began with a round of applause.…

The battle for the soul of the Labour party

14 December 2019 9:00 am

In the days before the election, senior Labour people were already discussing how to replace Jeremy Corbyn should the party…

Tory lead more than halved in final YouGov MRP poll

11 December 2019 9:22 am

When the first YouGov MRP poll of the election campaign was published last month, it was a cause of anxiety…

How the Conservative strategy is faring across the country

9 December 2019 11:18 pm

It’s the week of the election and Boris Johnson is to spend the final days of the campaign visiting every…

Viral videos, not leaders’ debates, could decide this election

7 December 2019 9:00 am

You might well expect the final election debate, Johnson vs Corbyn head-to-head on primetime BBC, to provide the most watched…

Nicola Sturgeon’s threat of Indyref2 could save the Scottish Tories

30 November 2019 9:00 am

In the village of Waterfoot on the outskirts of Glasgow, a lady in her thirties is explaining to her local…

Why YouGov’s MRP poll will worry the Conservatives

28 November 2019 9:56 am

When the 2017 snap election result came through, it proved a shock to many who had been covering the campaign…

Jeremy Corbyn’s credibility problem

22 November 2019 9:20 pm

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party manifesto has made the front of all the papers today. The response is mixed. While the…

Why trust is an election issue for Boris Johnson

21 November 2019 2:03 am

What is the main take away from ITV’s leaders’ debate? Listen to the news bulletins and it appears to be…

Jeremy Corbyn’s opportunity to unite the Remain vote

18 November 2019 11:59 pm

As the election campaign enters its third week, the Conservatives are enjoying a 17-point lead, according to a YouGov poll.…

The five groups of voters the Tories are targeting

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Tory MPs used to think they could rely on telltale signs while out on the campaign trail — a detached…

The voters the Conservatives plan to persuade to win a majority

16 November 2019 2:03 am

In this election, the Tories hope to persuade voters who have never backed the Conservative party before to turn blue.…

Farage’s ‘unilateral’ Leave alliance doesn’t guarantee the Tories a majority

11 November 2019 11:59 pm

Will a Leave alliance lead the Tories to victory in the snap election? Nigel Farage has today announced that the…

Why the Tories remain optimistic despite a shaky campaign start

9 November 2019 6:00 pm

The first official week of the Conservatives’ election campaign did not go as many inside CCHQ had hoped. A cabinet…

Will former Labour MPs help the Tories break the ‘red wall’?

7 November 2019 11:19 pm

Will former Labour MPs help the Tories break the red wall? A key plank of the Tory path to a majority…

Jo Swinson’s Corbyn problem

5 November 2019 11:33 pm

The Liberal Democrat election campaign launch was beset by technical difficulties which meant that Jo Swinson was at times hard…

Election 2019: how the Tories plan to break Labour’s ‘red wall’

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Of all those fighting this general election, the Conservatives are the only ones who need a majority. Labour just needs…

What Farage’s Brexit ultimatum means for the Tories

2 November 2019 2:18 am

There’s been much speculation this week about how the Brexit party will approach the incoming general election. Varying reports suggested…

Boris Johnson calls for December 12 election – will he succeed?

25 October 2019 3:31 am

Boris Johnson will make his third attempt to call a general election. In an interview with the BBC, the Prime…

The Tory push for an early election

24 October 2019 3:41 am

As EU leaders mull over what length of extension to grant the UK, talk in Westminster is focused on whether…

Boris Johnson’s Halloween deadline drifts further away

23 October 2019 6:15 am

Will the UK leave the EU on the 31 October? Barring the highly unlikely event of the EU refusing an…