Conservative party

The morality of free school meals

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The main problem with the government giving in over free school meals during the holidays — other than that it…

What will post-pandemic politics look like?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

A few days ago, I came across a group of Tory MPs in a House of Commons corridor looking rather…

Divided nation: will Covid rules tear the country apart?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The Covid divide is triggering political tensions

How Thérèse Coffey plans to help millions back to work

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Thérèse Coffey on stemming the unemployment tide

Prime ministers can’t pick the crises that define them

3 October 2020 9:00 am

In a non-Covid world, next week would be the Tory party conference. Boris Johnson would march on to the stage…

Is this the start of a conservative comeback?

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Will the Moore and Dacre appointments be a turning point?

Laurence Fox is a political force to be reckoned with

3 October 2020 9:00 am

From the moment I started criticising the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis people have been urging me to start…

Boris the builder mustn’t buckle over planning reform

29 August 2020 9:00 am

The government will pass the test it has set itself: schools in England will return next week. Pupils may well…

The difficult balance of public vs political agony

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Fear is the politician’s friend. When terror grips the public, an opportunity arises for those in power to step forward…

How Covid-19 will change the Tory party

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Politics is full of events that are meant to change everything but actually do little. Yet the coronavirus crisis will…

What will the Tories fight about now?

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Now that Britain is out of the European Union, it will be very hard to go back in. In the…

Boris Johnson: Perhaps my campaign was ‘clunking’. But sometimes, clunking is what you need

21 December 2019 9:00 am

You may wonder why I am up at 4.45 a.m. writing this diary when I have a country to run, Queen’s…

Boris’s Britain: How the PM intends to deliver for his new friends in the North

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The era of uncertainty has ended. Boris Johnson’s decisive victory has not only broken the Brexit deadlock created by Theresa…

Politics has fractured along new fault lines – those elected must repair the cracks

14 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s easy to see why the Labour party tried so hard to avoid this general election. They looked certain to…

Changing the script: the shifting character of our political parties

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Elections should be carnivals of democracy. The campaign we have just been through, though, has felt more like amateur dramatics.…

This is the most important election in modern history – so vote, and vote Tory

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Next week, voters will decide the future of the government, of Brexit, and perhaps of the Union. Jeremy Corbyn has…

Has Boris Johnson changed his campaign strategy?

6 December 2019 11:32 pm

Stump speeches and battle bus stop-offs are a staple of political campaigning. And while much of the battle for votes now…

Boris’s fate will be decided by Lib Dem voters

9 November 2019 9:00 am

The Tories’ great fear in this campaign is that they can get their vote out, squeeze the Brexit party right…

I’ll vote Lib Dem – but I can’t join them

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I don’t believe that before last week I’ve ever quit any organisation on an issue of principle. I tend to…

Boris is taking a huge gamble with an election – but it could pay off

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Contrasting Boris Johnson’s enthusiasm for a general election with Jeremy Corbyn’s reluctance, it would be easy to assume that the…

Forget Brexit: Boris’s toughest task will be energising his exhausted party

23 July 2019 10:01 pm

Boris Johnson will now be receiving plenty of unsolicited advice about how to be Prime Minister. As his victory speech…

Max Hastings vs Boris Johnson: I know who I’d trust more

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Sir Max Hastings, whom I engaged as editor of the Daily Telegraph in 1986 and who stayed in that role…

The leadership contest exposes how few Tories have a clue about the economy

15 June 2019 9:00 am

‘Choice’ is a word that is used liberally in Conservative thinking — whether it be about schools, hospitals or consumer…

An early election is beginning to look inevitable for the next Tory leader

15 June 2019 9:00 am

There’s a joke going around the various warring tribes in the Tory leadership contest. They might not win this time,…

Boris is the only one who can save the Tories

15 June 2019 9:00 am

A lady once offered to go to bed with me if I could ensure that she would write The Spectator’s…