Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

Downing Street braces for Sue Gray’s party report

26 January 2022 4:58 am

It’s groundhog day in Westminster as once again hacks and ministers ask: when will Sue Gray’s report come out? On…

Met Police to investigate parties in Downing Street

25 January 2022 9:46 pm

Boris Johnson’s team thought that the biggest problem they would encounter this week was Sue Gray’s report into allegations of…

Inside Operation Save Boris

25 January 2022 7:30 pm

Will Boris Johnson still be Prime Minister in a year’s time? It’s the question that haunts Johnson’s closest allies. After news…

When will Johnson discover his fate?

24 January 2022 8:30 pm

As concerns rise in government over the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Boris Johnson is facing problems both…

The collapse: how Red Wall MPs turned on Boris

22 January 2022 9:00 am

The Red Wall is crumbling

Boris Johnson vs the red wall MPs

19 January 2022 5:10 am

Is anger dying down among Conservative MPs over ‘partygate’? That was the suggestion overnight. But in the House of Commons today…

Did Johnson mislead the Commons?

18 January 2022 5:12 am

Boris Johnson had hoped to move attention this week from parties — with a series of policy announcements planned as part of…

After Boris, who?

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Even Boris Johnson’s longest-standing supporters now think he might be on the way out. His admission that he attended a Downing…

Boris Johnson is running out of road

12 January 2022 5:05 am

There has been no good news for Boris Johnson today. After an email leaked on Monday evening showing that the Prime…

Johnson's critics are circling once again

10 January 2022 7:50 pm

As Boris Johnson feels he has been vindicated in his resistance to new Covid restrictions, Downing Street had hoped that…

Boris Johnson holds off on new restrictions – for now

21 December 2021 4:57 am

When Boris Johnson held a Cabinet call this afternoon, the expectation was that an announcement on new restrictions would be…

Can Boris take back control of No. 10?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Can Boris take back control of No. 10?

The three problems facing Boris Johnson

10 December 2021 7:40 pm

Boris Johnson may be celebrating the birth of a baby daughter but that doesn’t mean the pressure on him is…

Stratton resigns – but the row isn't over

9 December 2021 3:50 am

The row over the Downing Street ‘party’ has claimed its first victim. On Wednesday Allegra Stratton announced that she was…

No. 10 in crisis over leaked Christmas party video

8 December 2021 6:31 pm

Downing Street is in crisis mode this morning following the publication of a leaked video showing senior No. 10 staff…

Afghanistan: five shocking claims made by the Foreign Office whistleblower

7 December 2021 10:55 pm

Dominic Raab faced the media round from hell this morning. The former Foreign Secretary faced a series of questions about…

Why the No. 10 Christmas 'party' story matters

7 December 2021 3:15 am

It’s crime week for the government — with Boris Johnson and his ministers set to unveil a range of measures…

Could there be a Tory upset in North Shropshire?

30 November 2021 10:50 pm

As the government turns its attention to the new Covid variant, the ramifications of the Owen Paterson sleaze row are…

Prime Minister's rambling speech revives Johnson jitters

23 November 2021 1:05 am

After three torrid weeks, Tory MPs were hoping for a better start to this one. Alas, it has got off to…

The sleaze row is a crisis made for Angela Rayner

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Almost no MP has emerged with dignity from the sleaze debacle of the past three weeks. Boris Johnson’s botched attempt…

Why Rishi Sunak’s sleaze row apology matters

11 November 2021 11:24 pm

Sorry may be the hardest word for Boris Johnson but that isn’t the case for certain members of his cabinet.…

Tory MPs are furious at 'missing-in-action' Boris

9 November 2021 10:33 pm

Why did Boris Johnson avoid the Commons chamber on Monday? The official reason for the Prime Minister skipping an emergency…

Can the Paterson Tory sleaze row continue to damage Boris?

8 November 2021 8:45 pm

After a bruising week for Boris Johnson over the Owen Paterson lobbying row, the government U-turned on its plan to…

Owen Paterson quits the Commons – what next?

5 November 2021 12:20 am

Owen Paterson has resigned as an MP. In a dramatic turn of events, Paterson has in the past 24 hours…

What the Owen Paterson Tory sleaze row is really about

3 November 2021 8:36 pm

As world leaders depart from the COP26 summit in Glasgow, a row is brewing in the House of Commons on…