Tories

The Tories abandon fiscal conservatism at their peril

21 July 2022 3:49 am

And then there were two. Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss now go to the membership. There’s much talk today about how…

The latest Tory leadership debate was a grim spectacle

18 July 2022 3:00 pm

The eyes had it, in last night’s leadership debate. Penny Mordaunt and Rishi Sunak took turns directing to the camera…

Labour won the Tory leadership debate

18 July 2022 6:15 am

That was quite a debate.I’ve never seen senior Tory ministers and MPs lay into each other so publicly. Rishi Sunak…

Sunday shows round-up: Penny under the spotlight

17 July 2022 8:49 pm

Penny Mordaunt – I’m being smeared over self-ID claims No Conservative party leadership race is ever without drama. With the…

Why the Tories are more diverse than Labour

15 July 2022 12:21 am

‘The candidates fighting to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative party leader and Britain’s prime minister reflect the country’s rich diversity,’…

What the Tory candidates’ logos say about them

13 July 2022 4:00 pm

There’s a particularly amusing picture from the 1997 Tory leadership contest of Ken Clarke and John Redwood awkwardly paired up…

Gove backs Kemi Badenoch for prime minister

11 July 2022 6:11 am

Michael Gove has endorsed Kemi Badenoch for Tory leader. Badenoch, who was one of his junior ministers at the Department…

Penny Mordaunt's trans problem

11 July 2022 5:56 am

The Tory leadership contest is yet to officially begin, but things are already turning nasty. As well as reports in…

Boris skewered – for one last time?

7 July 2022 4:37 am

A brutal encounter at the Liaison Committee this afternoon. Boris was grilled for two hours by a gang of aggressive…

Boris isn't ready to go

7 July 2022 2:10 am

Boris Johnson’s final hours as Prime Minister have been undignified. We do not yet know quite how this will end,…

Full list: the Tory MPs who have quit Boris's government

6 July 2022 7:59 am

Boris Johnson’s week has gone from bad to worse. Following partygate, two bruising by-election losses in Tiverton and Honiton and…

The silence of Nadhim Zahawi

6 July 2022 5:19 am

One by one, cabinet ministers are confirming that they are not resigning this evening, leaving a very small group of…

Are the Australian election results a bad sign for the Tories?

24 May 2022 6:49 pm

Scott Morrison’s Liberals were absolutely thrashed in the Australian elections this weekend. The party’s vote collapsed, and there were big-name…

Kemi Badenoch: the curriculum does not need ‘decolonising’

18 March 2022 6:34 am

When the government published a report last year by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities (CRED) into racism in the…

What is Boris's partygate defence?

16 February 2022 5:00 am

The presumption of many MPs — and maybe many of you — is that the Met is bound to issue…

Why Munira Mirza’s resignation matters

4 February 2022 7:21 am

Boris Johnson’s great strength has always been his ability to spot, recruit and hire a great variety of brilliant people.…

Boris is finished — it’s when, not if

4 February 2022 7:13 am

This week, Michael Gove’s lengthy Levelling Up white paper talked about the ancient city of Jericho. This was largely because…

Boris Johnson's fightback has been cut short

2 February 2022 9:02 pm

Tobias Ellwood, the chair of the defence select committee, has this morning announced that he is sending a letter to…

Did Johnson mislead the Commons?

18 January 2022 5:12 am

Boris Johnson had hoped to move attention this week from parties — with a series of policy announcements planned as part of…

Boris Johnson is running out of road

12 January 2022 5:05 am

There has been no good news for Boris Johnson today. After an email leaked on Monday evening showing that the Prime…

The joy of Boris’s bungled by-election

17 December 2021 10:04 pm

By any reasonable standard the result in the North Shropshire by-election must be reckoned the funniest in years. Perhaps even…

Boris is in deep trouble

15 December 2021 8:20 am

This evening feels eerily familiar to anyone who remembers the meaningful votes of Theresa May’s premiership. The Tory rebellion on…

Watch: No. 10 staff joking about Downing Street Christmas party

8 December 2021 5:38 am

Downing Street have spent the week trying to play down reports of a secret No. 10 party last Christmas when the rest of…

Tory MPs are furious at 'missing-in-action' Boris

9 November 2021 10:33 pm

Why did Boris Johnson avoid the Commons chamber on Monday? The official reason for the Prime Minister skipping an emergency…

Rishi Sunak's new age fantasy and the great Tory con

29 October 2021 9:33 am

Failure corrupts as much as power does, and when the powerful fail they make others pay for their disappointment. To…