Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

How much trouble is Starmer in?

7 May 2021 4:54 pm

Keir Starmer is facing a rocky few days as the party’s results from the local elections start to come in.…

How the Goveites took charge of No. 10

1 May 2021 9:00 am

But can they restrain the PM?

Can Boris Johnson's green makeover woo red wall voters?

23 April 2021 12:15 am

COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference due to be held in Glasgow, isn’t until November, but work is already…

Boris scraps daily White House-style briefings

21 April 2021 3:15 am

Boris Johnson has axed plans for televised White House-style press conferences. The announcement came six months after Allegra Stratton was unveiled…

Why Boris was so reluctant to cancel his India trip

20 April 2021 2:52 am

Just a few hours after Boris Johnson confirmed that his trip to India had been postponed, the country has been placed…

The green games: the Prime Minister’s big plan to rebrand Britain

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s Olympic ambitions for the COP26 summit

Johnson takes the next step out of lockdown

6 April 2021 3:05 am

When Boris Johnson first unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown, there was a promise of an end to restrictions by 21…

The new opposition: an interview with Ed Davey

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Ed Davey on why the Lib Dems are the only party voting against lockdown laws

Backlash builds over vaccine passports

2 April 2021 7:24 pm

As Boris Johnson prepares to deliver an update on Monday on government plans for immunity passports and international travel, the Prime Minister…

Gove hints at vaccine passport app

30 March 2021 9:31 pm

It wasn’t so long ago that ministers were lining up on broadcast to insists vaccine passports were out of the…

Boris Johnson's vaccine problem

30 March 2021 4:51 am

On the day that people are finally allowed to gather in groups of six outside, tennis games get underway and wild…

Boris tries to avoid a vaccine war

24 March 2021 5:31 am

After France’s Europe Minister became the latest politician to threaten a vaccine export ban on the UK, Boris Johnson used today’s…

Is the UK about to be forced into a vaccine war?

22 March 2021 7:23 pm

Is the UK about to be forced into a vaccine war? That’s the concern in Westminster after Brussels upped the…

Starmer’s long game: party repair comes before opposition politics

20 March 2021 9:00 am

There’s logic behind the Labour leader’s approach

Nicola Sturgeon to face no confidence vote

20 March 2021 8:08 am

Since the pandemic began, Nicola Sturgeon has been a regular sight at the daily Covid press conferences in Scotland. Where…

Boris Johnson attempts to calm vaccine concerns

19 March 2021 5:23 am

The message from Boris Johnson’s press conference this evening was one of reassurance. Following the decision by several EU member…

The moral debate over Covid jabs for children

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The ethics of Covid jabs for children

Will Keir Starmer change tack?

6 March 2021 4:58 am

A sign that the political landscape is changing in favour of the Conservatives can be found in a YouGov poll…

The break-up: is Boris about to lose Scotland?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The Holyrood elections are looming. But infighting dominates No. 10

Is Boris Johnson opening the way for vaccine passports?

16 February 2021 5:25 am

The government’s position on vaccine passports is a cause of continuing intrigue. Although Downing Street has insisted on several occasions…

Boris hits vaccine target – what happens next?

15 February 2021 3:22 am

The government has good news to shout about this afternoon with ministers reaching their target of offering a first dose vaccine…

Tory nerves are growing over Boris Johnson's Covid strategy

13 February 2021 1:21 am

When the third lockdown was voted on in the House of Commons last month, there was a smaller Tory rebellion than the previous…

Secrets of the Vaccine Taskforce’s success

6 February 2021 9:00 am

How the Vaccine Taskforce did it

Concern grows over South African variant

2 February 2021 6:04 am

Although there’s plenty of positive vaccine news to go around, the latest government press conference offered a sobering reminder of…

The true cost of school closures – an interview with the children's commissioner

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner, on why schools must reopen