Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

How Keir Starmer has reshaped Labour

4 July 2020 9:00 am

For the first time in 13 years, the public, when polled, think a Labour leader would make the best prime…

The difference in Starmer and Johnson's approach to party discipline

27 June 2020 1:32 am

Keir Starmer’s approach to party discipline is being favourably contrasted with Boris Johnson’s after the Labour leader sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey from his shadow…

How Boris Johnson plans to reset his premiership

24 June 2020 9:55 pm

The decision to significantly ease lockdown from early July marks a new chapter when it comes to the government’s approach…

uk-us trade deal

Could British farmers block a UK-US trade deal – and what does it mean for Oz?

19 June 2020 1:00 am

Will the UK agree a trade deal with the US? Such an agreement has long been cited by Leave campaigners…

How long can No. 10's quarantine policy survive?

9 June 2020 2:04 am

Today marks the start of the government’s coronavirus quarantine policy with those arriving into the UK told to self-isolate for…

Boris Johnson's backbench problem

3 June 2020 6:59 pm

After spending Tuesday afternoon queuing in a socially distanced conga line across the parliamentary estate, many MPs found themselves in…

It’s not only Cummings whose fate is at stake

30 May 2020 9:00 am

When the cabinet met by conference call on Monday, three ministers spoke in support of Dominic Cummings: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Suella…

Inside Boris Johnson's video call with Tory MPs

16 May 2020 3:23 am

One of the consequences of the virtual parliament is fewer opportunities for MPs to lobby No. 10. However, this afternoon…

Is it 'speculation' to say the UK has the most deaths in Europe?

6 May 2020 10:08 pm

It’s a grim news week for the government with Dominic Raab announcing in Tuesday’s press conference that the UK coronavirus death toll…

The competitive world of Covid brides

2 May 2020 9:00 am

The competitive world of Covid brides

A warning from Germany on lockdown easing

29 April 2020 4:01 am

Those ministers hoping Boris Johnson’s return to work will herald an imminent easing of lockdown measures face an uphill struggle.…

Predictable politics returns as Brexit talks stall

25 April 2020 4:32 am

Although the coronavirus pandemic means that we are living in uncertain times, some things remain predictable. As is the case…

Why ministers are reluctant to change face mask guidance

21 April 2020 8:33 pm

‘Will the public be asked to wear face masks in public?’ This is a topic of debate today for the…

Boris Johnson leaves hospital – and heads to Chequers to recover

12 April 2020 11:21 pm

Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital. After being moved out of intensive care on Thursday, the Prime Minister is…

Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care

10 April 2020 4:23 am

The Prime Minister has this evening been moved out of intensive care but remains in hospital. After being moved on…

Keir Starmer's first challenge as Labour leader

4 April 2020 9:16 pm

As expected, Sir Keir Starmer has been announced as the new leader of the Labour party. The former shadow Brexit…

Will Boris Johnson's popularity last?

3 April 2020 2:00 am

Another day, another set of dreary headlines for the government over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. As well as…

What Boris Johnson's coronavirus diagnosis means for the government

27 March 2020 10:31 pm

Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. The Prime Minister took a test for the virus on Thursday at the…

The original Teesside Tory

7 March 2020 9:00 am

What can Ben Houchen teach Johnson’s Conservatives?

What would a Keir Starmer Labour party look like?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

What would a Keir Starmer Labour party look like?

The Budget will show how the Tories plan to win the next election

21 February 2020 9:49 pm

It’s only a few weeks until Budget day and the papers are filled with reports of the various revenue-raising measures…

Boris Johnson’s lead Brexit negotiator sets out his red lines

18 February 2020 10:02 am

What are the UK’s red lines in the upcoming trade talks with the EU? Although Boris Johnson has said publicly…

Is the Labour leadership contest already a done deal?

12 February 2020 11:57 pm

Labour’s leadership contest has been attracting less and less media interest as it goes on. Despite this, Jeremy Corbyn’s successor…

The motivation behind the government’s plans for the BBC

6 February 2020 6:21 am

Since Boris Johnson returned to No. 10 with a majority of 80, there’s been a growing sense that the Prime…

Emergency terror laws set to end early prisoner release

4 February 2020 4:46 am

The government has this afternoon unveiled its response to the Streatham terrorist incident on Sunday – which saw a man recently…