Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

Sweden's virus expert briefs No. 10

23 September 2020 11:10 pm

One of the questions regularly asked by Tory MPs on the libertarian wing of the party: why isn’t the UK…

Boris defends new Covid rules

23 September 2020 5:20 am

Boris Johnson addressed the nation this evening to update the public on his government’s coronavirus strategy. After announcing the broad…

Faith in the government is wearing thin

18 September 2020 2:37 am

As the government tightens coronavirus restrictions across swathes of the north east, Boris Johnson is facing his worst polling on the…

Inside Boris Johnson's Brexit call with Tory MPs

12 September 2020 3:19 am

This evening Boris Johnson used a video call to address Conservative MPs following unease over No. 10’s Brexit tactics. With…

UK agrees 'historic' trade deal with Japan

11 September 2020 7:39 pm

The UK and Japan have this morning agreed a new free trade deal between the two countries. With International Trade Secretary…

Boris's latest coronavirus crackdown is a sign of things to come

10 September 2020 8:44 pm

Boris Johnson confirmed in his coronavirus press conference yesterday that gatherings will be restricted to a maximum of six people from Monday onwards.…

Starmer sketches out a Brexit position

9 September 2020 3:09 am

As Boris Johnson comes under fire from his own MPs over his potentially unlawful Brexit plans, Keir Starmer has made his…

Boris Johnson's Brexit deadline

7 September 2020 7:45 pm

After months of coronavirus leading the news agenda, Brexit is back. The Prime Minister has overnight promised to quit the…

The complaint from MPs that ought to worry Boris Johnson

4 September 2020 9:10 pm

When Boris Johnson addressed MPs on Wednesday, the hope in government was that the Prime Minister’s multiple appearances would rally the…

Will Tory MPs really back tax rises?

2 September 2020 7:15 pm

Another day, another story mooting a new tax rise. Today the Sun reports the Chancellor is considering a rise in National Insurance…

Boris's U-turn defence

2 September 2020 3:02 am

Is Boris Johnson’s government jumping from one crisis to the next or is No. 10’s agenda progressing roughly as planned? It…

The importance of Gavin Williamson

22 August 2020 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson tried to call a general election in September last year, everyone around him assumed that Jeremy Corbyn…

Brexit blame game as latest talks stall

21 August 2020 11:39 pm

Despite Boris Johnson’s call for Brexit negotiations to speed up, the seventh round of talks has today ended with little progress. Neither side…

The exams U-turn is an act of damage limitation

18 August 2020 1:35 am

After a bruising few days for Boris Johnson and his ministers over the grading system for A-levels and GCSEs, the…

The Lib Dem paradox

10 August 2020 5:24 pm

Are the Lib Dems finished? It’s not the first time that question has been asked. In fact, it’s a fairly…

Could the next Lib Dem leader help Labour?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

When Dominic Cummings addressed government advisers recently, he said that he was so out of touch with day-to-day politics that…

Can Boris avoid a winter lockdown?

1 August 2020 9:00 am

As the government struggled on Saturday with the question of whether to impose a quarantine on those returning from Spain,…

Boris Johnson pauses lockdown easing

31 July 2020 9:57 pm

After deciding over the weekend to impose a two-week quarantine on Britons returning from Spain, Boris Johnson has pulled the…

MPs are starting to question the local lockdown strategy

31 July 2020 5:51 pm

Boris Johnson’s policy of local lockdowns will no doubt come under increased scrutiny after new restrictions were imposed on Greater Manchester and parts of East…

Boris's red wall problem

25 July 2020 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson met with his cabinet in person for the first time in four months on Tuesday, his aim…

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…