Conservatives

Can ministers really hold their nerve on Brexit this week?

14 October 2019 6:39 am

Boris Johnson is now in what’s known in cricket as the ‘Nervous Nineties’, when a batsman becomes so anxious about…

Eight reasons why I know I’m a Conservative

28 September 2019 9:00 am

‘Why don’t you just join the Liberal Democrats?’ If I’ve heard that once in the past couple of years I’ve…

How much collateral damage can the Tory party take?

9 September 2019 10:00 pm

Amber Rudd’s resignation has clearly been a blow to the government, but it wasn’t a huge surprise that she went…

Amber Rudd quits Cabinet – and the Tory party

8 September 2019 6:17 am

Amber Rudd has quit the Cabinet and resigned the Tory whip. Rudd’s departure deepens the split in the Tory party…

Rory Stewart: Am I still a Conservative?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

My parents gave me a subscription to The Spectator in 1984, when I was 11. When I was 12, I…

Ex-Tory rebels threaten to stand as Conservatives in election

5 September 2019 3:32 am

Rebel ex-Tory MPs are complaining of ‘unconstitutional’ treatment by their party and are planning to stand at the next election…

Tory MPs who vote for the extension legislation will be barred from standing for the party at the next election

31 August 2019 7:34 pm

Parliament returns on Tuesday and it is expected that anti no-deal MPs will – with John Bercow’s help – quickly…

What will the Tory and Labour election campaigns look like?

30 August 2019 5:03 am

We know that the Conservatives are gearing up for an election in the next few months. Their official line is…

Johnson confirms he will prorogue parliament

28 August 2019 7:43 pm

Downing Street has just confirmed that the Prime Minister will be asking the Queen to prorogue parliament ahead of a…

Is the Chancellor’s cancelled speech another sign an early election is looming?

28 August 2019 1:11 am

Sajid Javid has this afternoon cancelled a speech he was due to give tomorrow, and brought forward the one-year spending…

‘Never mind the backstop, the buck stops here’: Boris launches his premiership with domestic focus

25 July 2019 1:11 am

Boris Johnson has just given a rather urgent-sounding, fast-paced speech in Downing Street. So fast-paced, in fact, that it almost…

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…

Johnson and Hunt try to unite the Tory party in final leadership debate

16 July 2019 6:30 am

Tonight’s Sun debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt was far more relaxed than last week’s head-to-head clash. But it…

The biggest challenge for Boris isn’t this contest – it’s what comes next

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Every campaign has a wobble — and Boris Johnson is getting his in early. A mix of complacency (he felt confident…

The Tory party has no choice but to bet on Boris

22 June 2019 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson was appointed editor of this magazine two decades ago, an unkind soul said it was like ‘entrusting…

Tory leadership candidates start frenzied final push for support

6 June 2019 2:05 am

With just a few days to go until nominations close in the Tory leadership contest, candidates are busy trying to…

The Tories are stuck in the middle with May. Here’s what they should do next

27 April 2019 4:00 pm

The Tories have a debate on their hands about what direction they should go in. Do they return to the…

Backing Mrs Thatcher

27 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Be brave’, 28 April 1979: We can think of a number of reasons why voters might feel reluctant to…

The Brexit impasse proves we need political reform

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Any hopes that the parliamentary recess would help resolve the great Brexit impasse have been dashed. MPs have returned from…

Rory Stewart: Why I’d make a good prime minister

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Almost nobody in Westminster admits to wanting to be prime minister. Rory Stewart is a cheerful exception. Most leadership hopefuls…

Who is the busiest Tory leadership candidate of them all?

18 April 2019 2:08 am

Tory MPs agree that Theresa May’s days in Downing Street are numbered, but when it comes to picking her replacement…

Liz Truss: the Tories can win over the Boohoo generation

13 April 2019 9:00 am

‘Get some boomerangs,’ Liz Truss says to her aides. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury isn’t looking for something to…

iPlod: Sajid Javid’s new internet rules will have a chilling effect on free speech

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Monday wasn’t the best day for the government to launch Online Harms, its white paper on internet regulation. As Sajid…

In what possible way was Nick Boles ever a Conservative?

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Who is your favourite brave Remainer Conservative MP? Anna Soubry has to be near the top of the list, for…

How I know the Conservative party is doomed

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Gosh, it’s depressing watching the natural party of government committing slow-motion suicide. It’s depressing even if you’re not, as I…