Katy Balls

Katy Balls is Diary Editor at The Spectator.

Can a ‘demented seal’ mascot save COP26?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

This time last year, Boris Johnson and his team were making plans to ‘move on’ from the pandemic. He had…

Boris Johnson attempts to influence Biden

23 August 2021 11:58 pm

Ever since Joe Biden made the decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, Boris Johnson has been scrambling to catch up…

Boris faces a backlash from Tory MPs over Afghanistan

16 August 2021 6:01 pm

After the Taliban took over Kabul and announced victory in Afghanistan, a scramble is underway by diplomats and many Afghans…

What will the next reshuffle look like?

10 August 2021 12:25 am

Following reports over the weekend that Boris Johnson has threatened to demote Rishi Sunak to health secretary, Downing Street has today…

UK moves towards child vaccination

5 August 2021 7:15 am

It’s been confirmed today that those aged 16 and 17 in the UK are on course to be offered Covid vaccines within…

Boris Johnson's popularity problem

3 August 2021 7:50 am

The Westminster rumour mill is in overdrive today on the question of whether Rishi Sunak will be Boris Johnson’s successor in…

Is the government bluffing on vaccine passports?

31 July 2021 10:28 am

Over the past week, the government have been upping the ante when it comes to calls for vaccine passports. Long…

Why the Tories are losing support

28 July 2021 1:28 am

Boris Johnson hoped to mark his two year anniversary with a series of big domestic policy announcements as part of…

Now what? The government’s Covid optimism is fading fast

24 July 2021 9:00 am

The government’s Covid optimism is fading fast

Boris Johnson's sombre 'freedom day' press conference

20 July 2021 7:14 am

On the day that nearly all legal Covid restrictions go, one could be forgiven for presuming ministers would be in the…

Boris Johnson's plan for 'freedom day'

6 July 2021 5:12 pm

Four weeks later than planned, ministers are preparing to lift nearly all Covid restrictions from 19 July. This afternoon, Boris…

Sajid Javid's optimistic Covid forecast

29 June 2021 3:04 am

Sajid Javid used his first appearance at the despatch box since his appointment as Health Secretary to paint an optimistic…

Will Sajid Javid champion the end of Covid restrictions?

28 June 2021 5:37 pm

As the row over Matt Hancock’s relationship with his married adviser Gina Coladangelo continues to dominate the news, attention in…

Johnson vs Sunak: The political battle of the autumn?

21 June 2021 7:27 pm

As ministers grow increasingly confident that they will be able to unlock by 19 July, Boris Johnson is facing a…

Revealed: How the UK-Australia deal was struck

20 June 2021 11:00 am

The UK’s first bespoke trade deal agreed since leaving the EU was finalised with Australia over two dinners. One took…

The biggest danger to Boris comes from the enemies within

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s predecessor was destroyed by her inability to meet deadlines. Theresa May extended the Brexit transition period so many…

The political advantages of the UK-Australia trade deal

16 June 2021 8:50 am

The UK government has agreed its first bespoke trade deal since leaving the EU. After Boris Johnson met with Australian…

Boris Johnson delays the end of lockdown

15 June 2021 9:01 am

Boris Johnson has this evening confirmed that he will delay the lifting of all Covid restrictions by four weeks to…

What Tory MPs fear most about a lockdown delay

15 June 2021 12:37 am

As Boris Johnson prepares to announce a four-week delay to the final stage out of lockdown, he faces a mixed reaction.…

The ‘sausage war’ escalates between the UK and EU

10 June 2021 1:47 am

Any hope that a solution to the Northern Ireland protocol could be found ahead of the G7 summit have been…

Boris clamps down on foreign travel over Covid variant fears

4 June 2021 3:10 am

Those hoping for a holiday abroad this summer were dealt a blow this afternoon with the announcement of the government’s…

Scotland is open – and desperate for English tourists

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Scotland is open – and desperate for English tourists

What will Cummings say?

24 May 2021 6:14 pm

As the government puts the final touches to its social distancing review and Foreign Office ministers ponder the best response…

Can Boris’s roadmap survive the Indian variant?

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The roadmap out of lockdown is the signature document of Boris Johnson’s new team in No. 10. It’s intended to…

Labour recriminations begin: Angela Rayner sacked as party chairman

9 May 2021 5:06 am

The local election results are not over yet but the recriminations in Labour over the party’s bad results are already well…