UK politics

How the Tories plan to hold together their new electoral coalition once ‘Brexit is done’ and Corbyn gone

21 December 2019 9:34 pm

The thumping majority by which both the second reading and the programme motion for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed yesterday,…

Why Boris Johnson is talking about ‘ten years’ time’

20 December 2019 3:47 am

One of the most striking things about the government’s Queen’s Speech was Boris Johnson’s focus on where the country could…

The Tories know they must deliver for their new voters

14 December 2019 11:01 pm

‘If Darlington high street isn’t visibly better in four years’ time, we’ll be in trouble’, one of Boris Johnson’s confidants…

Can Labour’s moderates learn from all their mistakes?

14 December 2019 3:18 am

Labour’s defeat is so terrible that it provides the kind of creative destruction that could save the party. It will…

Boris Johnson promises to ‘unite and level up’ the UK. Can he really achieve that?

14 December 2019 2:53 am

Boris Johnson’s victory speech in Downing Street was aimed at the voters unsure about his government, whether they be the…

Tory lead more than halved in final YouGov MRP poll

11 December 2019 9:22 am

When the first YouGov MRP poll of the election campaign was published last month, it was a cause of anxiety…

How the Conservative strategy is faring across the country

9 December 2019 11:18 pm

It’s the week of the election and Boris Johnson is to spend the final days of the campaign visiting every…

Tories benefit from no-show at chaotic TV debate as election enters final days

9 December 2019 7:49 am

Believe it or not, there was yet another televised election debate tonight, this time on Channel 4, called the ‘Everything…

There are only two likely outcomes to this election

7 December 2019 9:38 pm

There are, as I say in the Sun this morning, two possible outcomes to this election: a Tory majority or…

Trump flies home as Tories breathe a sigh of relief

5 December 2019 5:37 am

Donald Trump is on his way back to the US, and—as Katy says —they’ll be breathing a large sigh of…

This is the most important election in modern history – it’s time to take sides

5 December 2019 3:33 am

Next week, voters will decide the future of the government, of Brexit, and perhaps of the Union. Jeremy Corbyn has…

Jeremy Corbyn flounders on anti-Semitism, Brexit, tax and spending

27 November 2019 7:05 am

Jeremy Corbyn’s interview with Andrew Neil was one of the most uncomfortable half hours of the Labour leader’s tenure. In…

Tory manifesto will shift the party to a more blue collar conservatism

23 November 2019 6:05 pm

What happened last time means that the Tories are extremely nervous about their manifesto launch tomorrow. As I say in…

Why trust is an election issue for Boris Johnson

21 November 2019 2:03 am

What is the main take away from ITV’s leaders’ debate? Listen to the news bulletins and it appears to be…

Jeremy Corbyn’s opportunity to unite the Remain vote

18 November 2019 11:59 pm

As the election campaign enters its third week, the Conservatives are enjoying a 17-point lead, according to a YouGov poll.…

The biggest risk that Boris Johnson is taking in this election

16 November 2019 9:44 pm

It will be the biggest moment of the campaign so far. On Tuesday night, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will…

The voters the Conservatives plan to persuade to win a majority

16 November 2019 2:03 am

In this election, the Tories hope to persuade voters who have never backed the Conservative party before to turn blue.…

What makes this election so unpredictable

9 November 2019 9:51 pm

Every election campaign has a wobble. But the Tories broke new ground in managing to wobble before they’d even launched…

Why the Tories remain optimistic despite a shaky campaign start

9 November 2019 6:00 pm

The first official week of the Conservatives’ election campaign did not go as many inside CCHQ had hoped. A cabinet…

Will former Labour MPs help the Tories break the ‘red wall’?

7 November 2019 11:19 pm

Will former Labour MPs help the Tories break the red wall? A key plank of the Tory path to a majority…

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson quits parliament

7 November 2019 7:08 am

In the past few minutes, Tom Watson has announced that he is stepping down at this election. In a surprise…

Jo Swinson’s Corbyn problem

5 November 2019 11:33 pm

The Liberal Democrat election campaign launch was beset by technical difficulties which meant that Jo Swinson was at times hard…

Why both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn think they’ll benefit from this TV head to head

2 November 2019 6:09 pm

Normally wrangles about TV debates go on for weeks before one is agreed. Yet, before the election campaign has even…

What Farage’s Brexit ultimatum means for the Tories

2 November 2019 2:18 am

There’s been much speculation this week about how the Brexit party will approach the incoming general election. Varying reports suggested…

Why would anyone normal want to be an MP?

30 October 2019 1:10 am

Heidi Allen has announced she is standing down at the election, citing the culture of abuse and intimidation in politics…