Steerpike

Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

‘It’s still not Jeremy’s fault’ – more Corbynite excuses for Labour’s collapse

18 December 2019 8:00 pm

As the week rolls on, the recriminations just keep coming. One thing is for sure, its still not Jeremy’s fault.…

Listen: Labour MP claims BBC ‘consciously’ undermined Corbyn

16 December 2019 10:00 pm

The last few days have seen a rapidly coarsening Labour debate over who is ultimately responsible for the party’s historic…

‘We will fight them in the streets’: Labour MP reacts to Tory win

13 December 2019 10:41 pm

You wouldn’t know Labour had suffered a dismal night in the polls from Lloyd Russell-Moyle’s acceptance speech. The arch Corbynista…

Corbynistas react to the exit poll result

13 December 2019 9:46 am

Tonight’s exit poll has predicted that the Conservatives are heading for a bumper majority of 86 – a remarkable result.…

Piers Corbyn: My brother Jeremy’s green policy is ‘nonsense’

11 December 2019 4:44 am

Vote Corbyn, says Corbyn. That is the unsurprising message from the Labour leader’s brother Piers in a video filmed at…

Watch: Andrew Neil eviscerates Boris Johnson over interview no show

6 December 2019 6:51 am

Boris Johnson has so far refused to take part in an election interview with Andrew Neil. Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson,…

How Corbyn got his broadband nationalisation numbers wrong – by a factor of three

16 November 2019 6:14 am

John McDonnell today explained that the broadband nationalisation plans are perfectly affordable – upkeep costs would just be £230m a…

Watch: Boris Johnson bids backhanded farewell to John Bercow

30 October 2019 11:26 pm

There is no love lost between John Bercow and Boris Johnson but the Prime Minister managed to bite his tongue…

Five ways in which Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is better than Theresa May’s

18 October 2019 3:48 am

Boris Johnson managed to defy his critics today and reach a Brexit deal with the European Union. The new agreement…

Revealed: David Cameron’s ‘Gove protocol’

10 October 2019 2:20 am

When Michael Gove was welcomed back into government this year and appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, some wondered…

Boris Johnson takes on extinction rebellion at book launch

8 October 2019 9:14 am

To the launch of the final volume of Charles Moore’s biography of Margaret Thatcher at Banqueting House. A mix of…

Watch: Extinction Rebellion ‘fake blood’ protest backfires

3 October 2019 8:10 pm

Extinction Rebellion protestors have just sprayed 1800 litres of fake blood over the Treasury using an old fire engine. Unfortunately their…

Watch: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s revealing summary of the state of British politics

30 September 2019 1:28 am

Jacob Rees-Mogg has just given a pretty accurate summary of the state of British politics. The leader of the House…

The six strangest moments from Parliament’s prorogation protest

10 September 2019 8:25 pm

Early this morning at around 2am, the Commons witnessed some of the most extraordinary behaviour seen in the Chamber in living memory,…

Who will replace John Bercow as Speaker?

10 September 2019 4:35 pm

Now that John Bercow has announced his imminent departure, an inevitable political bun fight will surely follow. The outgoing Speaker…

Corbynistas in a spin over Lib Dem by-election win

3 August 2019 6:30 pm

As the Liberal Democrats celebrate their win in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, other parties are licking their wounds. The…

Google’s eco-warriors forget to check their privilege

1 August 2019 6:37 pm

It’s well known that all good Silicon Valley billionaires these days have one issue that is firmly at the top…

From the archives: Boris Johnson – ‘My appeal to the masses may be very limited’

1 August 2019 12:15 am

Boris Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings has found himself in the news today after a video clip emerged of him…

Seven of the most hysterical reactions to PM Boris Johnson

25 July 2019 9:22 pm

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is already delighting his supporters, but not everyone is happy about Britain’s new leader. Boris’s first…

Boris takes inspiration from The Godfather

9 July 2019 12:19 am

When Michael Gove turned on Boris Johnson in the 2016 Tory leadership contest and decided to stand against his former…

Could Nigel Farage be the next British Ambassador to the US?

8 July 2019 12:04 am

Leaked diplomatic cables are a hoot, aren’t they? The Mail on Sunday’s big scoop shows that Britain’s man in Washington,…

Boris vs Hunt: a voter’s guide

5 July 2019 11:44 pm

Voting is finally underway in the Tory leadership contest. So should Britain’s next prime minister be Boris Johnson or Jeremy…

Brexit party MEP Claire Fox shows solidarity with Boris

28 June 2019 6:09 pm

Tom Penn and Eve Leigh, the next-door Remainer neighbours of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds who recorded their late-night row,…

Boris Johnson’s other woman

25 June 2019 1:44 am

There are few stranger relationships in Westminster than the close alliance of Boris Johnson and the campaigner, author, and self-described…

Michael Gove’s cocaine blues

8 June 2019 5:46 pm

The Tory leadership race has taken on a new turn this weekend with the Daily Mail splashing on Michael Gove’s…