Conservative party

What are the Tories for?

15 April 2022 5:00 pm

It’s an odd accusation to levy at Boris Johnson’s government, but the Conservative party feels grey. Flights of fancy suggesting…

What happened to Tory radicalism?

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Whatever advantages money may have brought Rishi Sunak as he rose to become Chancellor of the Exchequer, his wealth has…

The changing face of No. 10

9 April 2022 9:00 am

David Canzini has made quite an impression since he joined No. 10 as the Prime Minister’s deputy chief of staff…

Kemi Badenoch: the curriculum does not need ‘decolonising’

18 March 2022 6:34 am

When the government published a report last year by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) into racism in the…

Ending restrictions won't save Boris

22 February 2022 4:37 am

Boris Johnson certainly managed to rally the troops on their first day back from recess this afternoon as he told…

The battle for the Tory party’s soul

12 February 2022 9:00 am

When news broke over the weekend that former minister Nick Gibb had become the 14th Tory MP to publicly call…

Boris is finished — it’s when, not if

4 February 2022 7:13 am

This week, Michael Gove’s lengthy Levelling Up white paper talked about the ancient city of Jericho. This was largely because…

The Tory party is split on one issue: Boris

29 January 2022 9:00 am

‘I can’t put into words how awful this is’ remarks one Tory MP. The party is split not on the…

‘Operation Red Meat’ won’t beef up the government

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Are you ready for ‘Operation Red Meat’? If not, then you should brace yourself. For it looks set to be…

Has Boris made you better off?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Despite the political misery for Boris Johnson as he ends the year, he has a big hope: that salaries will…

It's not too late for Boris Johnson

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It is two years since Boris Johnson achieved one of the most remarkable election victories in modern history. The large…

‘Politics exacts a very high price’: an interview with Michael Gove

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Michael Gove on levelling up, Plan B and the price of politics

Can Boris really blame the press for his defeat?

18 December 2021 2:17 am

When asked what went wrong in North Shropshire, Boris Johnson gave a fascinating answer: journalists. Apparently, they have been reporting…

Johnson is imperilled. So why are his enemies helping him?

13 December 2021 8:00 pm

It’s a topsy turvy world when your friends and allies do you all kinds of damage and then your enemies…

Boris Johnson is preparing to fight the wrong election

26 November 2021 4:00 am

The next election won’t be like the 2019 campaign. It will be far tougher for the Tories. Ministers were struck…

Prime Minister's rambling speech revives Johnson jitters

23 November 2021 1:05 am

After three torrid weeks, Tory MPs were hoping for a better start to this one. Alas, it has got off to…

Johnson is making the sleaze row worse

17 November 2021 10:30 pm

Is there anyone left in the Conservative party who is happy with Boris Johnson? The Prime Minister has now managed…

The sleaze row isn't finished yet

15 November 2021 10:28 pm

Number 10 will have been relieved that the weekend did not bring new stories about Conservative MPs raking in lots…

Boris Johnson will struggle to contain this sleaze row

10 November 2021 9:52 pm

A week ago today, Tory MPs were getting increasingly nervous about Downing Street’s plan to stay the guilty verdict against…

Three little words that could cost Boris

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Boris Johnson knows the value of three-word slogans. ‘Take back control’ and ‘get Brexit done’ helped propel him to his…

The Tory blame game over COP26 has already started

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Anxiety among Tory MPs is growing

Rishi Sunak's low tax pitch to MPs

28 October 2021 4:48 am

Is Rishi Sunak a low tax chancellor? He certainly likes to tell anyone who will listen that he is. Yet…

A matter of Truss: the unlikely rise of Lizmania

10 October 2021 2:30 pm

If Boris Johnson were to vanish tomorrow, who should replace him? The American pollster Frank Luntz asked this of about 200…

The Tories will pay a price for Boris's housing strategy

9 October 2021 2:55 am

One of the themes of Conservative conference was that the government has dropped plans for a radical reform of the…

Sunak faces the free-marketeers

6 October 2021 7:47 am

Rishi Sunak didn’t give too much away tonight when he spoke at the ThinkTent Conservative Party Conference. The Chancellor is…