Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

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…

Who would lead the Tories into a snap election?

30 March 2019 9:09 pm

After Theresa May’s deal was defeated in the House of Commons for a third time, there’s heightened speculation that we…

Fear, loathing and backstabbing – the battle to replace May has begun

30 March 2019 9:00 am

To most of the cabinet, it does not matter if Theresa May announces a timetable for her resignation: they can’t…

MPs reject every Brexit option – what next?

28 March 2019 9:14 am

When a cross party group of MPs managed to seize control of the Commons and win backing for a plan…

Cabinet coup? Tory MPs look to Gove and Lidington to replace May

24 March 2019 9:07 am

Will Theresa May make it to the end of the week? It’s a question that’s been asked before of the…

Brexiteers and Remainers can’t both be right about Bercow’s ruling

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Has there been a Brexit disaster? It depends on your point of view. When John Bercow ruled that the Prime…

May tries to avoid Tory meltdown by only requesting short Brexit delay

20 March 2019 7:50 pm

After much speculation, a furious Cabinet and the threat of another backbench rebellion, No. 10 has finally confirmed what type…

Has Bercow just destroyed May’s last chance to pass her deal?

19 March 2019 3:51 am

No. 10’s strategy to win over the DUP and the Brexiteers to Theresa May’s deal in time for a third…

May under pressure to set an exit date to get her deal over the line

18 March 2019 10:17 am

Is this the week Theresa May sets out an exit date for her departure from No. 10? There is hope…

How likely is an imminent general election?

16 March 2019 9:00 am

When a British government loses control over parliament, the natural remedy is to hold a general election. Why prolong everyone’s…

Are things finally looking up for Theresa May?

15 March 2019 6:47 am

Theresa May’s week just got a little less bad. This evening the Government managed to successfully defeat a string of…

The latest government shambles could help May pass her deal

14 March 2019 8:10 am

This evening Theresa May’s week went from awful to terrible. After her deal was heavily defeated for a second time…

What Theresa May needs to go right today to avoid another historic defeat

12 March 2019 6:55 pm

In order to turn things around with her Brexit deal, Theresa May needs a domino effect. She needs to somehow…

How can the government avoid defeat this week?

25 February 2019 8:54 pm

Theresa May begins the week with a chunk of her party growing increasingly frustrated with her handling of Brexit. The…

Westminster’s splitting headache: who will quit next?

23 February 2019 9:00 am

The first thing to note about the ‘South Bank seven’ is that they are nothing like the four former Labour…

Will 2019 be Jeremy Corbyn’s year?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

It’s hard to think of a time when an opposition leader has had such a promising start to the new…

War-gaming the Brexit vote: seven scenarios for what happens next

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Parliament is in deadlock over Brexit. So what can we expect in the coming days and weeks after the vote?…

How WhatsApp stops the Tory plotters plotting

3 November 2018 9:00 am

How to explain Theresa May’s resilience? As Prime Minister, she has survived mishaps and calamities that would have finished off…