Conservative party

Keir Starmer isn’t Labour’s biggest problem

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Keir Starmer has turned a drama into a crisis. The local elections were always going to be difficult for Labour.…

Why the Tories won’t let me display a local election poster

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Being told by the Tories not to put a local election poster in my window because it will only remind…

Inside the Tory party's China split

20 February 2021 8:00 pm

Back in 2005, Boris Johnson wrote that among geopolitical gloomsters, China was becoming the ‘fashionable new dread’. They were obsessed…

Where is the Conservatives’ post-Brexit agenda?

18 December 2020 2:30 am

What’s the point of Brexit? We are told it is to take back control, but that is a means to…

Letters: Labour’s left vs left struggle

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Left vs left Sir: Your leading article (‘Comfort spending’, 28 November) makes the classic mistake about modern politics which prevents…

Boris in a spin: can the PM find his way again?

21 November 2020 9:00 am

With Cummings gone, which way will the PM turn now?

Boris's eco-optimism will get the better of him

18 November 2020 11:18 pm

Vote blue for green jobs in the red wall. That’s the message we’re supposed to take from Boris Johnson’s ten…

Does Boris have a supporters’ club left in Parliament?

16 November 2020 3:19 am

Boris Johnson needs to use the departure of Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain to repair relations with his Parliamentary party.…

Why I’m ducking the Rashford debate

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Moments arrive when it becomes clear you’re losing the zeitgeist. Whatever might be the spirit of the era, you don’t…

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…