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.

JK Rowling takes aim at Starmer over Duffield snub

25 May 2024 1:46 am

Oh dear. It’s not yet 48 hours since Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a general election and already tensions are…

Corbyn to stand as an independent MP

24 May 2024 6:37 pm

Amidst the election drama it would be easy to forget about one rather eccentric politician. Today Jeremy Corbyn has announced…

Might Sunak actually win? A history of election miracles

23 May 2024 4:11 am

Is it madness to call a general election when you’re 20 points behind in the polls? That depends on whether…

Cameron snubs Albania for impromptu cabinet meeting

23 May 2024 1:11 am

Dear oh dear. Rishi Sunak failed to quash election speculation in this afternoon’s Prime Minister’s Questions and now lobby hacks…

Wallace turns his guns on the Foreign Office

22 May 2024 10:05 pm

Uh oh. This time, it seems, mandarins at the Foreign Office have finally gone too far. In a scathing piece…

Prince Harry loses bid to name Murdoch in phone-hacking trial

22 May 2024 4:16 am

As much as Prince Harry claims to hate the media, he never manages to stay out of the spotlight for…

Taxpayer-funded porn project causes uproar in Scotland

21 May 2024 11:39 pm

Scottish government-backed quango Creative Scotland is back in the limelight over its porn project controversy. As Mr S wrote in…

Europe’s leaders hail Rwanda scheme

21 May 2024 9:06 pm

Well, well, well. Rishi Sunak’s immigration plans have been met with a fairly underwhelming response in Britain – only a…

Will Ken Clarke lose his peerage?

21 May 2024 8:28 pm

In the aftermath of the tainted blood scandal, there is no shortage of blame to go around – but some…

Bank of England’s £80k social media advertising spend

21 May 2024 12:44 am

Once upon a time, the Bank of England was headed by a series of anonymous figures, whose identities remained largely…

Could Corbyn be excluded from Labour for good?

20 May 2024 10:43 pm

Jeremy Corbyn is back in the spotlight again, causing yet more issues for his former party. The ex-Labour leader who…

EU sends its ‘sincere condolences’ to Iran

20 May 2024 10:21 pm

Oh dear. It seems that the Eurocrats of Brussels have blundered again. Following the news of the Iranian president’s death,…

Which Tory contenders are on weight-loss drugs?

20 May 2024 2:20 am

It’s the surest sign that a politician is on maneuvers: a slimmer waistline and a sharper suit. But are some…

Labour silent over Welsh First Minister’s £31,000

20 May 2024 1:55 am

For 25 years, Welsh Labour has ruled Cardiff Bay with an iron fist. But these days, the party’s grip over…

Is Jeremy Hunt telling the truth?

17 May 2024 10:14 pm

A stern-looking Jeremy Hunt gave a speech in a rented office opposite the Treasury today saying he had come to…

Scottish Greens expel members who believe in ‘biological sex’

17 May 2024 2:49 am

If you thought the Scottish Greens couldn’t get any battier, then strap in. Patrick Harvie’s barmy army has ramped up…

May mocks her successors’ books

17 May 2024 1:05 am

To the Commons, where Theresa May was the guest of honour for today’s parliamentary press gallery lunch. The former premier…

Sunak: I will stay in parliament even if we lose

17 May 2024 12:06 am

In a year of tough interviews, perhaps the most unusual one the Prime Minister has encountered thus far was today’s…

Sixteen times Starmer relaunched his leadership

16 May 2024 9:43 pm

He’s back and this time he’s got a pledge card. Sir Keir is out this morning in Essex, outlining the…

Listen: Keegan in excruciating muddle over ‘woman’ definition

16 May 2024 9:09 pm

Who’s been educating the Education Secretary? If ‘what is a woman?’ was an exam question, Mr S is certain Gillian…

Oxford U-turns in chancellor ‘wokeism’ row

16 May 2024 1:02 am

Uh oh. The dreaming spires are once again caught up in controversy. Ministers have accused Oxford University of attempting to…

Will Ofcom ‘grow a backbone’ over politician presenters?

15 May 2024 10:23 pm

What comes around goes around. Instead of Ofcom doing the scrutinising, the media regulator found itself under the microscope this…

Labour backbenchers snub immigration questions

15 May 2024 1:23 am

Dear oh dear. Has all Labour’s tough talk on tackling immigration been purely for show? That’s how things appear after…

Prince Harry’s memoir loses out on top awards

14 May 2024 10:40 pm

The renegade royal never manages to stay out of the news for long. Now the spotlight is back on Prince…

Half of Scots want Hate Crime Act repealed

14 May 2024 6:48 pm

Back to Scotland, where hapless Humza Yousaf is still managing to cause the SNP problems even after his resignation. It’s…