Conservatives

Who are Ukip’s new voters? The kind of people who decide elections

11 October 2014 9:00 am

An opinion poll to be published next week will reveal that Labour leader Ed Miliband is slightly less popular with…

Must MPs always vote before we go to war?

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Jesse Norman was permitted three minutes for his speech to the Commons in last Friday’s debate. But the contribution from…

Nigel Farage’s class war

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I initially thought Nigel Farage had made a mistake in unveiling Mark Reckless on the final day of his party…

When the Welsh go it alone, blame me

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Oh dear. I think I may have inadvertently contributed to the dissolution of Great Britain. I’m not claiming sole responsibility.…

Here comes Boris! The next Tory leadership fight has just begun

9 August 2014 9:00 am

So Boris has made his great leap. The blond king over the water has revealed his plans to cross the…

For Boris, choosing the right seat will only be half the battle

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Boris Johnson is to stand as an MP in 2015 — but where? In the next few weeks, his secret…

Which party has the most MPs’ children in Parliament?

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Commons inheritance Emily Benn, granddaughter of Tony and niece of Hilary, has won the right to stand for Labour in…

Could Michael Howard be the next EU Commissioner?

12 July 2014 9:00 am

In recent weeks British government visitors to Berlin have been confronted with a persistent question: when will David Cameron make…

What is David Cameron’s big idea?

10 May 2014 9:00 am

In almost a decade as Conservative leader, David Cameron has tended to avoid talking about his political philosophy. He has…

Meeting George Osborne at Waterloo

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The defence of Hougoumont is one of the great British feats of arms. If the farmhouse had fallen to Bonaparte’s…

The lefty liberals may be losing their hold over the arts world

26 April 2014 9:00 am

If you happen to be reading this column at breakfast, I’d recommend you skip to something more agreeable like Dear…

White, blue-collar, grey-haired rebels

5 April 2014 9:00 am

In the 2010 general election, Ukip gained nearly a million votes — over 3 per cent — three times as…

Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and the return of Tory wars

15 March 2014 9:00 am

From the moment he took his job, Michael Gove knew that he would make energetic and determined enemies. The teachers’…

I’m scared to admit to being a Tory in today’s C of E

1 March 2014 9:00 am

I am training for ordained ministry at a Church of England theological college. I am a trainee vicar, if you…

If David Cameron can't get the floods right, all his hopes will wash away

15 February 2014 9:00 am

It is all hands to the pump in Downing Street. The entire No. 10 operation from the Prime Minister down…

The Tory rebels have two choices: shut up or lose the election

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Things could scarcely be going better for the Conservatives. Every week seems to bring more news of the recovery. High…

What the NHS owes the Tories

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Pinned to the wall of Jeremy Hunt’s office in the Department of Health is an A1 piece of paper detailing…

Stand up for the real meaning of freedom

4 January 2014 9:00 am

When pressed for a statement of their beliefs, conservatives give ironical or evasive answers: beliefs are what the others have,…

Hugo Rifkind: Yes, I'm apathetic about politics. But isn't Russell Brand?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Since I was a child, pretty much everybody I have ever met has asked me if I want to be…

High-speed fail

2 November 2013 9:00 am

A year ago the electoral strategies of the two main parties seemed set. The Conservatives would stand as the party…

Matthew Parris: The Tories mustn't cuddle up to Ukip — just imagine if it happened on the left

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Such is my respect for Spectator readers that I offer you a column whose subtext is in Latin. Ours is…

Letters: On quitting Facebook, and putting down Nigel

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Why we joined Sir: I was astonished by the assertion made by Wyn Grant (Letters, 21 September) that ‘the postwar…

Coalition with Labour would suffocate the Liberal Democrats

21 September 2013 9:00 am

I write this in Glasgow, at the Lib Dem conference. Nick Clegg has invented a constitutional doctrine. The doctrine teaches…

Parliament has finally woken up – because voters are keeping their MPs in line

7 September 2013 9:00 am

They should have seen it coming. A government defeat on an issue of war may be unprecedented, but defeat on…

Dot Wordsworth: We've been self-whipping since 1672

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Isabel Hardman of this parish explained after last week’s government defeat that a deluded theory among the party leadership had…