Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

Sunak under pressure to curb legal migration

28 November 2023 12:00 am

Rishi Sunak goes into the week on the defensive over legal migration. After figures late last week revealed net migration…

Has Hunt opened the door to a spring election?

23 November 2023 8:52 pm

Rishi Sunak wakes up to the most positive front pages his government has had in months. The decision to use…

Inside David Cameron’s meeting with Tory MPs

21 November 2023 6:59 am

David Cameron addressed Tory MPs this evening at a meeting of the 1922 committee following his shock return to government…

Sunak changes his tune on tax cuts

20 November 2023 11:56 pm

Tax cuts are around the corner. That was the message from Rishi Sunak when he addressed hacks this morning in…

‘Your plan is not working’: Suella Braverman goes on the attack

15 November 2023 4:57 am

When Suella Braverman was sacked by Rishi Sunak on Monday morning, the departing Home Secretary promised to say more in…

Hope might be the only strategy Sunak has left

11 November 2023 9:00 am

The first King’s Speech for more than 70 years was a festival of the expected: the royal reading of a…

Where does the Suella Braverman debacle go next?

10 November 2023 9:33 pm

The debacle concerning Suella Braverman makes the front page of most papers today after No. 10 confirmed that the Home…

Starmer’s foreign policy problem is only just beginning

4 November 2023 9:00 am

This could have been the week that Keir Starmer buckled under pressure from his party and called for a ceasefire…

Starmer takes on his party over Gaza ceasefire demand

31 October 2023 11:11 pm

Keir Starmer has tried to get back on the front foot today over his party’s position on Israel and Palestine.…

How long will Jeremy Hunt remain as chancellor?

30 October 2023 1:33 am

As Jeremy Hunt prepares for next month’s autumn statement, the question being asked among Tory MPs isn’t so much what…

The Tory vote squeeze

28 October 2023 9:00 am

When the cabinet gathered on Tuesday morning, the meeting started as a sombre affair. Just days before, the Conservatives had…

Keir Starmer is losing grip on his Israel problem

27 October 2023 9:29 pm

Keir Starmer is losing grip on his party’s position on Israel. So far, over 25 Labour councillors have quit over…

Keir Starmer’s Israel problem is growing

25 October 2023 10:34 pm

It wasn’t so long ago that Keir Starmer was being widely praised for keeping his party united and on message…

The SNP’s reckoning is coming

21 October 2023 9:00 am

The SNP party conference in Aberdeen this week wasn’t the nationalist jamboree activists had hoped for. Even though it was…

Tories suffer double by-election defeat

20 October 2023 4:10 pm

Keir Starmer has reason to celebrate this morning after his party triumphed overnight in both the Mid-Bedfordshire and Tamworth by-elections.…

How long can the cross-party consensus on Israel hold?

17 October 2023 11:45 pm

When Rishi Sunak spoke in the Commons chamber on Monday, he reiterated the UK government’s ‘total condemnation’ of the attacks…

‘Weaponising Jewish people is wrong’: Sadiq Khan on anti-Semitism, Ulez and the upcoming electoral battle

14 October 2023 9:00 am

Sadiq Khan on anti-Semitism, Ulez and the upcoming electoral battle

Starmer faces tough questions as Labour’s conference begins

8 October 2023 10:21 pm

Keir Starmer began his big conference interview with the BBC talking about the story that has dominated the weekend –…

Battle begins: inside Rishi Sunak’s plan to take on Labour

7 October 2023 9:00 am

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Rishi Sunak’s conference speech gamble

5 October 2023 12:20 am

After spending most of his conference refusing to say much at all, Rishi Sunak used his speech to make three…

Sunak comes out fighting on net zero in tetchy Kuenssberg clash

1 October 2023 8:59 pm

Rishi Sunak is in Manchester for what could be the final party conference ahead of next year’s election – and,…

‘The zealots are turning people off’: Claire Coutinho on net zero and her bond with Rishi Sunak

30 September 2023 9:00 am

The new Energy Secretary on net zero and her bond with the PM

How close is Britain to leaving the ECHR?

28 September 2023 10:11 pm

Will the UK government pledge to leave the European Convention on Human Rights? It’s a cause that Tory MPs on…