Our local councillors who’ve lost their seats must be sighing with relief

15 May 2021 9:00 am

An angry text exchange between me and a former Tory councillor after she lost her seat has got me thinking.…

Prepare for Javid vs Sunak in the next Tory leadership contest

11 July 2020 4:45 pm

In 1992 a young footballer named Dion Dublin left my local team, Cambridge United, to take up one of the…

Is Boris brave enough to stand up to the Nimbys?

10 July 2020 1:44 am

In the next few weeks, the government will publish planning reforms designed to simplify the system and free up land…

Conservatives – corporations are not your friend

13 June 2020 6:47 pm

Amazon is suspending police use of its face-recognition software, HBO Max has pulled Gone With the Wind and Paramount Network…

Labour has proved that it speaks for London – and nowhere else

31 May 2014 9:00 am

So, now almost all the votes have been counted — except for those in the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets, where…

The truth about being a politician’s child

31 May 2014 9:00 am

It was a Friday morning in 1992, Britain had just had an election, and I was on an ice rink.…

Vladimir Putin's new plan for world domination

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Russia is returning as an ideological force in the world – to champion conservative values

What I learned in a Qatari jail cell

1 February 2014 9:00 am

This column nearly didn’t appear. Another 24 hours and I would have trumped the late Jeffrey Bernard with the single…

MPs grope men too

25 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s not just the women who work at Westminster who can expect to receive unwelcome advances. I should know

David Cameron has lost the countryside

2 November 2013 9:00 am

The shires feel deeply abandoned by Cameron and the Conservatives

How Australia's Tony Abbott pulled off a great conservative victory

7 September 2013 9:00 am

By conventional wisdom, Tony Abbott should not become Prime Minister of Australia this weekend. He ought to be too conservative,…