Conservative party

The Tories, Islam, and the importance of pluralism

25 May 2021 8:52 pm

The Conservatives will be relieved that an independent investigation has not found the party to be institutionally racist, though relief…

Boris’s Tory enemies don’t know how lucky they are

22 May 2021 7:01 pm

It is often said that most Conservative MPs have a highly ‘transactional’ relationship with Boris Johnson. The inference is that…

Keir Starmer isn’t Labour’s biggest problem

15 May 2021 9:00 am

Keir Starmer has turned a drama into a crisis. The local elections were always going to be difficult for Labour.…

Why the Tories won’t let me display a local election poster

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Being told by the Tories not to put a local election poster in my window because it will only remind…

Inside the Tory party's China split

20 February 2021 8:00 pm

Back in 2005, Boris Johnson wrote that among geopolitical gloomsters, China was becoming the ‘fashionable new dread’. They were obsessed…

Where is the Conservatives’ post-Brexit agenda?

18 December 2020 2:30 am

What’s the point of Brexit? We are told it is to take back control, but that is a means to…

Letters: Labour’s left vs left struggle

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Left vs left Sir: Your leading article (‘Comfort spending’, 28 November) makes the classic mistake about modern politics which prevents…

Boris in a spin: can the PM find his way again?

21 November 2020 9:00 am

With Cummings gone, which way will the PM turn now?

Boris's eco-optimism will get the better of him

18 November 2020 11:18 pm

Vote blue for green jobs in the red wall. That’s the message we’re supposed to take from Boris Johnson’s ten…

Does Boris have a supporters’ club left in Parliament?

16 November 2020 3:19 am

Boris Johnson needs to use the departure of Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain to repair relations with his Parliamentary party.…

Why I’m ducking the Rashford debate

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Moments arrive when it becomes clear you’re losing the zeitgeist. Whatever might be the spirit of the era, you don’t…

The morality of free school meals

31 October 2020 9:00 am

The main problem with the government giving in over free school meals during the holidays — other than that it…

What will post-pandemic politics look like?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

A few days ago, I came across a group of Tory MPs in a House of Commons corridor looking rather…

Divided nation: will Covid rules tear the country apart?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The Covid divide is triggering political tensions

How Thérèse Coffey plans to help millions back to work

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Thérèse Coffey on stemming the unemployment tide

Prime ministers can’t pick the crises that define them

3 October 2020 9:00 am

In a non-Covid world, next week would be the Tory party conference. Boris Johnson would march on to the stage…

Is this the start of a conservative comeback?

3 October 2020 9:00 am

Will the Moore and Dacre appointments be a turning point?

Laurence Fox is a political force to be reckoned with

3 October 2020 9:00 am

From the moment I started criticising the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis people have been urging me to start…

Boris the builder mustn’t buckle over planning reform

29 August 2020 9:00 am

The government will pass the test it has set itself: schools in England will return next week. Pupils may well…

The difficult balance of public vs political agony

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Fear is the politician’s friend. When terror grips the public, an opportunity arises for those in power to step forward…

How Covid-19 will change the Tory party

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Politics is full of events that are meant to change everything but actually do little. Yet the coronavirus crisis will…

What will the Tories fight about now?

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Now that Britain is out of the European Union, it will be very hard to go back in. In the…

Boris Johnson: Perhaps my campaign was ‘clunking’. But sometimes, clunking is what you need

21 December 2019 9:00 am

You may wonder why I am up at 4.45 a.m. writing this diary when I have a country to run, Queen’s…

Boris’s Britain: How the PM intends to deliver for his new friends in the North

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The era of uncertainty has ended. Boris Johnson’s decisive victory has not only broken the Brexit deadlock created by Theresa…

Politics has fractured along new fault lines – those elected must repair the cracks

14 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s easy to see why the Labour party tried so hard to avoid this general election. They looked certain to…