Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

Liz Truss's camp hits back over Treasury windfall tax plans

10 August 2022 8:32 pm

Is the government about to toughen up its windfall tax? That’s the talk in Westminster today as Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi…

Truss and Sunak go to battle on economic 'handouts'

8 August 2022 6:02 pm

The dire economic warnings from the Bank of England of a 15-month recession with inflation hitting more than 13 per…

What foreign policy would look like under a PM Truss

6 August 2022 9:00 am

What foreign policy would look like under a PM Truss

Truss extends poll lead over Sunak

3 August 2022 5:53 am

It’s been a day of ups and down for both leadership campaigns. Liz Truss performed her first big u-turn of…

Rishi’s mad dash: can he catch up with Truss?

30 July 2022 9:00 am

Why Sunak suddenly finds himself facing defeat

It's crunch week for Truss and Sunak

25 July 2022 7:25 pm

The next 48 hours have the potential to be decisive when it comes to the outcome of the Tory leadership…

Rishi Sunak has a mountain to climb to beat Liz Truss

22 July 2022 2:20 am

It’s day one of the national campaign of the Tory leadership campaign – and Rishi Sunak has a mountain to climb.…

The volatility of the Tory leadership race

18 July 2022 2:35 am

In just a few days, the Conservative leadership race will be down to the final two candidates. But what happens after…

Liz Truss on taking on Rishi and what she'd do in No. 10

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Liz Truss on Brexit, internet censorship — and what she’d do in No. 10

Can Penny Mordaunt win it?

13 July 2022 9:26 pm

Is Penny Mordaunt the dark horse in the Tory leadership race? After topping a Conservative Home poll of Tory MPs, Mordaunt…

The big question over Kemi Badenoch’s bid

12 July 2022 9:59 pm

Kemi Badenoch has just completed her leadership launch. Although she is an outside bet, her campaign has been building momentum…

Tory leadership race tightens as MP threshold raised

12 July 2022 4:34 am

The 1922 Committee has this evening agreed to change the Tory leadership rules so as to raise the threshold of…

Are some Tory candidates about to be ruled out?

11 July 2022 6:00 pm

The Tory leadership contest is a very crowded place – with Liz Truss overnight becoming the tenth candidate to declare…

Liz Truss enters the leadership contest

11 July 2022 7:04 am

Liz Truss has become the tenth candidate to enter the Tory leadership race. Announcing her intentions in an op-ed for…

Penny Mordaunt's trans problem

11 July 2022 5:56 am

The Tory leadership contest is yet to officially begin, but things are already turning nasty. As well as reports in…

‘It’s just about him’: who can dislodge Boris?

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Westminster has always been run more by convention than by rulebook. Prime ministers are seldom forced out: they are persuaded…

Ready for Rishi? Sunak launches leadership bid

9 July 2022 1:50 am

Rishi Sunak has this afternoon confirmed that he is running to be the next leader of the Conservative party. In…

Boris Johnson says goodbye – reluctantly

7 July 2022 10:03 pm

Boris Johnson has announced his resignation. Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister confirmed that he would reluctantly leave…

Suella Braverman announces Tory leadership bid

7 July 2022 3:41 pm

Boris Johnson has so far had four cabinet ministers resign and sacked one – in the form of Michael Gove. Now,…

Will Nadhim Zahawi be a tax cutting Chancellor?

6 July 2022 7:27 am

Just over three hours after Rishi Sunak resigned as Chancellor, Boris Johnson appointed his successor. Downing Street confirmed on Tuesday…

Johnson's loyalists try to steady the ship

6 July 2022 4:45 am

MPs and aides in Westminster are on tenterhooks this evening as to whether more ministers will follow in the footsteps…

How can Boris Johnson survive this?

6 July 2022 3:23 am

This evening Boris Johnson has attempted to get a grip on the crisis engulfing his government. Only after two senior…

Boris's most important election

28 June 2022 8:07 pm

When Boris Johnson suggested over the weekend that he was actively thinking about a third term as Prime Minister, it…

Is tactical voting unravelling before it has even begun?

26 June 2022 8:16 pm

Since the Tories lost not one but two by-elections on Friday, ministers have been rather quiet on the issue of…

Boris Johnson’s strike gamble

21 June 2022 6:50 pm

It’s day one of the RMT’s planned strike action after last-minute talks between train operators and Network Rail failed. The…