Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

The plot against the PM

17 June 2023 9:00 am

The plot against the PM

Sunak comes out fighting over Boris honours row

12 June 2023 8:18 pm

Rishi Sunak has just delivered a direct rebuke of Boris Johnson over the resignation honours row. Sunak used an interview…

Why Rishi Sunak fears the Covid inquiry

10 June 2023 9:00 am

A former Labour spin doctor recently offered some advice for governments considering a public inquiry. Rule No. 1: Don’t. But…

Is it really over for Boris Johnson?

10 June 2023 6:50 am

It’s Boris day in Westminster. First, the publication of his resignations honours list and now a resignation from the man…

Boris Johnson’s honours list is a loyalty test

10 June 2023 4:09 am

Finally the day has come. After countless reports over the contents of Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list, the names are…

Will the first migrant flight to Rwanda take off in September?

7 June 2023 6:41 pm

Rishi Sunak attempted to get on the front foot this week by giving an update on the progress he has…

Is Sunak heading for a showdown over Rwanda?

27 May 2023 9:00 am

When the Prime Minister first assembled his cabinet, the most controversial appointment was Suella Braverman as Home Secretary. She had…

Boris vs Rishi, round VII

25 May 2023 12:41 am

The decision by the Cabinet Office to refer Boris Johnson to the police after his ministerial diary revealed visits by…

Suella Braverman avoids speeding fine probe

24 May 2023 9:12 pm

Suella Braverman will not face an investigation into whether she broke the ministerial code over her handling of a speeding…

Sunak holds Braverman’s fate in his hands

22 May 2023 7:16 am

Suella Braverman is in the firing line, following reports the Home Secretary asked civil servants for advice on arranging a…

Tories’ thoughts are turning to defeat

20 May 2023 9:00 am

Ever since Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister, his aides have worried that May would be the month of mutiny. His…

How Keir Starmer plans to snatch the centre ground from the Tories

18 May 2023 2:06 am

Tories have spent the week giving speeches about what it means to be a conservative at the National Conservatism conference…

Tories beware: the Lib Dems are back

13 May 2023 9:00 am

Every prime minister has at least one guilty pleasure; Rishi Sunak has several. Colleagues tease him for his taste in…

Sue Gray, Simon Case and a tale of two appointments

6 May 2023 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson appointed Simon Case to the Cabinet Office, he believed that the youngest cabinet secretary in a century…

How much trouble are the Tories in?

6 May 2023 6:29 am

The Conservatives have suffered 1000 councillor losses – and the count is not over yet. This was the figure Tory…

The Starmtroopers: how Labour’s centrists took back control

29 April 2023 9:00 am

How Labour’s centrists took back control

What is the point of Humza Yousaf?

22 April 2023 9:00 am

A seized luxury campervan, a raid on a politician’s home and two arrests. The latest twists in Police Scotland’s investigation…

Sunak opts for loyalty first in reshuffle

22 April 2023 1:15 am

What does Rishi Sunak’s mini-reshuffle reveal? When Nadhim Zahawi was sacked as party chairman, the Prime Minister took his time…

Dominic Raab resigns over bullying report

21 April 2023 8:12 pm

In the last few minutes Dominic Raab has announced that he has resigned from government following the findings of an…

How Rishi Sunak’s spring challenge could decide the election

17 April 2023 8:17 pm

Over the past month, there has been increasing optimism within the Tory party that the political situation may not be…

Will Sunak’s charm offensive on Biden pay off?

13 April 2023 6:54 pm

Joe Biden’s trip to Belfast was seen in government as a chance to strengthen the special relationship. The initial hope…

It’s springtime for Rishi

8 April 2023 9:00 am

Two years ago when the Tories won the Hartlepool by-election at the local elections, the political mood was summed up…

Why Humza Yousaf is the Union’s best hope

1 April 2023 9:00 am

After the narrow victory of the Brexit campaign in 2016, it was often said that the result would lead to…

The Tory rebellions brewing on small boats

27 March 2023 8:46 pm

When No. 10 first devised the Illegal Migration Bill, the hope was that Rishi Sunak’s crackdown on asylum claims would…

Why No. 10 fears Boris’s banishment

25 March 2023 9:00 am

Even now, months after he was forced to resign, Boris Johnson has a potency that no other British politician can…