Conservative party

The Tories aren’t in party mood

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Nearly two years on from the general election and 11 years since the Tories took office, they remain comfortably and…

How do we stop the next David Cameron?

13 August 2021 6:14 am

One of the enduring charms of British politics is how slight the pecuniary rewards are for taking up the job…

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…

Should Britain be vaccinating teenagers?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Last week there was acute concern in government about the country’s re-opening. Would restrictions need to be reimposed when schools…

The tax-and-spend Tories

24 July 2021 9:00 am

When you ask a government minister why something hasn’t happened, you get a one-word answer: ‘Covid’. It has become the…

Can Boris crack the unwhippables?

17 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won,’ wrote the Duke of Wellington after…

Nanny Boris: the PM’s alarming flight from liberalism

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Has Covid killed the PM’s liberalism?

In defence of levelling up

16 July 2021 8:30 am

Modern pragmatist political leaders are generally keen to reassure us that there is a unifying philosophy to be found running…

Life is about to get harder for Boris Johnson

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Covid restrictions are meant to end on 19 July. But parliament will not return to normal until September. The Commons…

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…