Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

Does the public want reheated Blairism?

9 September 2023 9:00 am

To understand the political journey of Sir Keir Starmer, look to Liz Kendall. This week the Blairite and one-time leadership…

The Tories need a shake-up – and Sunak knows it

2 September 2023 9:00 am

When prime ministers sense the end is near, they tend to follow a similar pattern. They change senior civil servants…

Inside the No. 10 shake-up

2 September 2023 2:02 am

Thursday’s cabinet reshuffle may have been minor but the No. 10 shake-up is proving more substantive. Amber de Botton has…

Why weren’t police forces investigating every theft?

29 August 2023 6:55 am

Police must investigate every theft. This is the message from the Home Secretary as the government heralds an agreement from…

Nadine Dorries isn’t making life easy for Rishi Sunak

27 August 2023 4:42 am

Nadine Dorries has finally bowed to pressure from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and her own party and quit as an…

Corbyn’s plan to cause trouble for Sir Keir

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Earlier this summer, a hundred or so Londoners gathered around a solar-powered stage truck at Highbury Fields to celebrate 40…


12 August 2023 9:00 am

What is the point of Lee Anderson?

11 August 2023 9:12 pm

Who is the most divisive figure in politics? Last year the Daily Mirror claimed Lee Anderson was ‘the worst man…

‘Get the boats done’ – could there be a referendum on the ECHR?

10 August 2023 6:13 pm

It’s ‘stop the boats’ week in 10 Downing Street as part of government plans to avoid a news vacuum over the…

Supercops: the return of tough policing

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Old-school policing is back

How Labour won back Britain’s millionaires

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Labour’s new private donors

NatWest faces questions over backing Alison Rose

26 July 2023 6:15 pm

A week is a long time in politics and a day is a long time in banking. On Tuesday afternoon,…

Will Sunak and Starmer now ditch their green promises?

22 July 2023 7:45 pm

Where do the by-election results leave Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer? The Labour leader had been hoping for a victory…

Labour’s reality check

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Rishi Sunak goes into the summer holidays in the same position he began the year: 20 points behind in the…

Sunak avoids triple by-election defeat after Tories hold Uxbridge

21 July 2023 3:18 pm

Rishi Sunak has narrowly avoided three by-election losses. Overnight, the Conservatives lost Somerton and Frome to the Liberal Democrats, overturning…

Labour vs the unions

15 July 2023 9:00 am

The Labour party is preparing for power and the unions are deciding what role they might play. Friend or foe?…

Urgency drives the day at the Vilnius Nato summit

11 July 2023 9:34 pm

Rishi Sunak heads to Lithuania today for the Nato leaders’ summit (which means he will be missing another Prime Minister’s…

Jonathan Ashworth: ‘We are at risk of a lost generation’

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Jonathan Ashworth on Labour’s plans to cut unemployment

What if Boris Johnson was still prime minister?

7 July 2023 11:20 pm

It’s one year today since Boris Johnson resigned as prime minister, following mass resignations in the ministerial ranks. At the…

Rishi’s Tory rating turns negative

5 July 2023 12:28 am

As the average mortgage rate for a five-year fixed deal rises to 6 per cent, Rishi Sunak can find little…

Red Wall MPs go up against Sunak on legal migration

3 July 2023 7:14 pm

Rishi Sunak is facing calls from the latest Tory caucus – ‘the New Conservatives’ – to take a series of…

What does reshuffle season have in store?

1 July 2023 9:00 am

Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak have something in common: both men are under pressure to reshuffle their front benches and…

Rishi’s Rwanda asylum plan ruled to be unlawful

29 June 2023 8:45 pm

It never rains but pours for Rishi Sunak. After a difficult few weeks for the Prime Minister, the Court of…

‘We’ve got to hold our nerve’: Rishi Sunak’s BBC interview

25 June 2023 8:52 pm

As mortgage rates surge and a new Opinium poll finds Labour’s lead has jumped to 18 points, Rishi Sunak appeared…

Can Labour win back Scotland?

24 June 2023 9:00 am

When the political cabinet met on Tuesday, by-elections were on the agenda. The Prime Minister is facing four of them.…