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.

Biden in 'I have cancer' gaffe

21 July 2022 5:12 pm

You’re the American president on a visit to former coal plant in Massachusetts. You’re ostensibly there to deliver remarks about climate…

Tobias Ellwood stripped of the whip

19 July 2022 7:11 pm

Oh dear. It seems that not all Tory MPs got the memo about last night’s no-confidence vote. Tobias Ellwood, a…

Parly staff make a mess of their House

19 July 2022 2:10 am

It’s not just the Tory party that’s in a bit of a mess. Fresh off the back of Partygate –…

Revealed: Penny Mordaunt's hidden equalities agenda

18 July 2022 2:35 am

The bookies’ favourite to win the Tory leadership race, Penny Mordaunt, has had a difficult few days. She’s facing questions…

Glyndebourne goes gender neutral

16 July 2022 7:21 pm

Angela Rayner caused a bit of a stir a few weeks ago when she rocked up at the Glyndebourne opera…

Watch: Biden puts his foot in it (again)

15 July 2022 10:07 pm

Oh dear. It seems bumbling ‘Uncle Joe’ has done it again. Fresh from his Holocaust gaffe, President Biden has now…

Theresa revels in Boris's downfall

14 July 2022 9:43 pm

Of all those revelling in Boris Johnson’s downfall last week, few probably enjoyed it more than Theresa May. It would…

Berkeley law professor: ‘Your line of questioning is transphobic’

13 July 2022 8:10 pm

Britain isn’t America. But that doesn’t stop us letting out a collective groan when we see the same loopy opinions…

Jamie Wallis fled car crash in heels and leather mini skirt

12 July 2022 2:27 am

Just because Boris Johnson has gone, don’t expect the legal fines for Tories to go away. Jamie Wallis, the Member…

Full text: leaked Tory memo attacking Sunak

11 July 2022 2:25 am

The Telegraph has got hold of a zinger of a private memo currently doing the rounds on Tory MPs’ WhatsApp groups. The…

Penny Mordaunt changes tack on trans rights

10 July 2022 5:53 pm

Penny Mordaunt has had a good start to the leadership race, storming into second place with 16 names, even though…

Has Jeremy Hunt been left in the lurch?

8 July 2022 8:19 pm

Boris’s decision to quit yesterday fired the starting gun on the greatest game of them all: the Tory leadership race.…

Watch: Douglas Murray clashes with Alastair Campbell

7 July 2022 6:54 am

As the news rolled in that Michael Gove had been sacked by Boris Johnson, our own Douglas Murray was on…

Boris Johnson's five worst moments at the Liaison Committee

7 July 2022 3:35 am

It’s not been a good day for Boris Johnson. More than 50 Tory MPs have publicly called for him to…

Has Nadhim turned on Boris already?

7 July 2022 1:51 am

Has Nadhim Zahawi turned on Boris Johnson, just 24 hours after he was promoted to Chancellor? That’s the question all…

Tory Twitter gets personal

6 July 2022 4:16 pm

Resignations! Accusations! Recriminations! It’s all kicking off in the Tory party at present. One man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity…

Watch: Tory vice chair resigns live on air

6 July 2022 4:35 am

You know it’s bad when the Old Etonians are turning on you. After the Cabinet departures of Rishi Sunak and…

Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid quit the cabinet

6 July 2022 3:06 am

Rishi Sunak has joined Sajid Javid in resigning from the cabinet in a major blow to Boris Johnson’s hopes of…

Watch: Cabinet minister laughs at Boris's excuse

6 July 2022 1:11 am

Boris Johnson has more lives than a cat but is the reign of the ‘world king’ finally coming to an…

Pronoun badges backfire for embarrassed banks

4 July 2022 4:47 pm

Pride month means only one thing: the chance for corporations to embarrass themselves with the latest right-on social media stunt.…

May gives Boris a taste of his own medicine

28 June 2022 3:40 am

Oh dear. Is Boris Johnson’s bid to rip up the Northern Ireland Protocol over before it really began? First, Simon…

Rishi continues the crypto-craze

22 June 2022 8:45 pm

Poor Rishi Sunak. The Chancellor was once the golden boy of British politics: the free-spending, Insta-loving, charm-oozing toast of the…

More than 3,000 Tube drivers earn £70,000 each

22 June 2022 3:42 am

Londoners have today been cursing the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) trade union for the misery that its 24-hour walkout…

China hawks demand TikTok answers

22 June 2022 1:19 am

In Westminster these days, WhatsApp and Twitter are decidedly old school. Now the current craze is TikTok where MPs compete…

Millions more blown on parliamentary pantomime

21 June 2022 6:00 pm

Whether it’s crumbling rooftiles, weekly fire alarms being activated or bacteria in the water supplies, the creaking Palace of Westminster…