Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

The court of Boris Johnson: the factions competing for approval

10 July 2019 1:06 am

How will Boris Johnson govern? With even Jeremy Hunt allies privately braced for defeat in two weeks’ time when the…

The Tory leadership contest is entering its most important week

1 July 2019 8:56 am

Although there’s three weeks until the next Tory leader is announced, the contest is entering what is the most important…

Could Boris Johnson command the confidence of the Commons?

25 June 2019 2:44 am

Could Boris Johnson command the confidence of the Commons? That’s the question being asked in Westminster this week as various…

Jeremy Hunt capitalises on Boris Johnson’s troubles

24 June 2019 4:57 pm

When Jeremy Hunt was announced as the candidate who would join Boris Johnson in the final two for the Tory…

The Boris campaign get the leadership final they hoped for

21 June 2019 4:24 am

There will be sighs of relief in the Boris Johnson camp this evening after Jeremy Hunt won the second spot…

Raab’s departure is good news for Boris

19 June 2019 3:28 am

The results of the second ballot are in and it’s Dominic Raab who has been knocked out of the race.…

Matt Hancock’s Boris endorsement irks One Nation Tories

17 June 2019 6:50 pm

Is Boris Johnson’s route to No. 10 now unstoppable? The former foreign secretary has more MPs backing him than any…

Tory leadership hopefuls turn on one another in Channel 4 debate

17 June 2019 6:17 am

The first televised Tory leadership debate drew as much attention for who wasn’t there as who was. After Boris Johnson…

How Rory Stewart derailed his Cabinet colleagues’ campaigns

16 June 2019 11:40 pm

When Rory Stewart first announced his intention to enter the race to be the UK’s next prime minister, he was…

An early election is beginning to look inevitable for the next Tory leader

15 June 2019 9:00 am

There’s a joke going around the various warring tribes in the Tory leadership contest. They might not win this time,…

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson’s clear lead increases the chances of a short contest

13 June 2019 10:43 pm

Boris Johnson has today confirmed his place as the frontrunner to be the next prime minister. In the first voting…

Hunt gains momentum over Gove ahead of crunch week

10 June 2019 7:08 am

Which two candidates will make the final two of the Tory leadership contest? At the moment, the race is Boris…

How the Parliamentary stage of the Tory leadership contest works

10 June 2019 6:12 am

This week, the Conservative leadership content enters the Parliamentary stage. The various contenders – at the time of writing there…

‘I have spent my life with people underestimating me’: Jeremy Hunt interviewed

8 June 2019 9:00 am

When a head of state flies in for a state visit, it’s traditional for the Foreign Secretary to lead the…

Fighting fit: Dominic Raab on karate kicks, cabinet unity and his Brexit strategy

1 June 2019 9:00 am

At a dinner in the Irish embassy in London last November, Dominic Raab believed he was on the brink of…

Brexit party leads – as Labour and Tories punished by voters

27 May 2019 8:30 am

The EU election results have started to trickle in and so far it’s bad news for both of the main…

Keeping up with Farage: What’s next for the Brexit party?

25 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Labour are in so much trouble here you can’t even believe it,’ says Nigel Farage as we sit in a…

Gavin Williamson sacked, but denies guilt on Huawei leak. What went on?

2 May 2019 3:04 am

Gavin Williamson has been sacked from government this afternoon following an investigation into the Huawei leak from a meeting of…

Rory Stewart: Why I’d make a good prime minister

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Almost nobody in Westminster admits to wanting to be prime minister. Rory Stewart is a cheerful exception. Most leadership hopefuls…

How bad will the local elections be for the Tories?

27 April 2019 1:30 am

Next week, the Tories will face their first big electoral test since failing to deliver Brexit on time. On Thursday,…

Will a Queen’s speech spell the end of May’s government?

17 April 2019 8:16 pm

What is the maximum point of danger for the government in the coming months? After Theresa May secured a six…

Liz Truss: the Tories can win over the Boohoo generation

13 April 2019 9:00 am

‘Get some boomerangs,’ Liz Truss says to her aides. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury isn’t looking for something to…

Tory nightmare? Theresa May is granted Brexit delay to Halloween

11 April 2019 2:27 pm

Following five hours of talks in Brussels that went on into the early hours of Thursday, Theresa May has been…

Johnny Mercer: the Tories would be wiped out in a snap election

6 April 2019 9:00 am

A few weeks ago, Johnny Mercer spoke in Westminster on the future of conservatism. At the end, the audience was…

Last night’s vote takes some of the pressure off Theresa May

2 April 2019 7:51 pm

The failure of any Brexit option to wield a majority in Monday’s indicative votes appears to have eased the pressure…