Steerpike

Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

Steerpike

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Is there treachery at the top of Ukip? Westminster has been buzzing with the rumour that party treasurer Stuart Wheeler…

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13 July 2013 9:00 am

The wine waiters at Claridges are taking a keen interest in the investigation into malpractice in Falkirk. And they’re hoping…

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29 June 2013 9:00 am

The PM was keeping his enemies close at a Tory fundraiser last week at Old Billingsgate Market. Dave exchanged uneasy…

Steerpike: The Lib Dems’ free school fight, Dignitas on Scotland, and more

15 June 2013 9:00 am

Some politicians don’t read their own manifestos. And some don’t even read the names of their own parties. When it…

Steerpike: Murdoch ruined Dave’s holiday

1 June 2013 9:00 am

  So did Dave enjoy his brief break in Ibiza? Not if Rupert Murdoch could help it. Rupe declared on Twitter that…

Steerpike: Begging with the archbishop, dining with rebels, and playing Shakespeare

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Begging bowls are out at Canterbury cathedral. Anglicanism’s principal shrine is in danger of toppling over if its custodians can’t…

Steerpike: Unpopular Populus, and the call of the Boris

4 May 2013 9:00 am

It’s been a tricky few days for Populus, the ultra-cool research organisation. Once the Tories’ favourite pollster, Populus has long…

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20 April 2013 9:00 am

Labour activists are quietly amused that Mrs Thatcher’s death may lead to a library being built in her honour. ‘Tricky…

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6 April 2013 9:00 am

Chat, chat, chat. Every member of the Cabinet enjoys a good old chin-wag with their ministerial driver. Except one. Dave…

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23 March 2013 9:00 am

Westminster’s top amateur prize-fighter, Eric Joyce, may face assault charges after his latest unscheduled bout in the House of Commons.…

Bloomberg will buy the Financial Times — but only if it jettisons The Economist

9 March 2013 9:00 am

How much would you stump up for the Economist? Most of us would draw the line at a fiver, but…

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23 February 2013 9:00 am

Dave’s a listener. He listens to women in particular. That’s the sub-text of his recent disclosure that Sam keeps urging…

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9 February 2013 9:00 am

Stanley Johnson, replete with energy and charming as ever, is touring the country looking for a safe Tory berth to…

Downing Street’s departures, and Martin Ivens’ redemption

26 January 2013 9:00 am

More turmoil at No. 10, I hear. ‘Cameron’s power network is disintegrating,’ gloated an insider as news broke that two…

Nick Clegg’s pallor, Murdoch’s revenge, and Lord Strathclyde’s champagne

12 January 2013 9:00 am

Has Nick Clegg seen a ghost? The pallor of the Lib Dem leader continues to excite comment in Westminster. At…

Tony Hall’s successor, organic government and the great Lib Dem shale plot

8 December 2012 9:00 am

Rending of raiment and gnashing of teeth at the Guardian. I’m told that the paper’s veteran editor, Alan Rusbridger, is…

Leveson’s tour of Australia, Lynton Crosby’s uneasy return and the anger of Ben Fogle

24 November 2012 9:00 am

Brian Leveson’s epic inquiry into press malpractice is finally drawing to a close. In Britain, the courtroom saga has enjoyed…

The real master of No.10, leaks at the Wolseley and Archbishop Justin

10 November 2012 9:00 am

Hats off to Sir Jeremy Heywood. The Cabinet Secretary’s bid to delete himself from everyone’s Christmas card list is proving…

Has someone been skimming the plate at Westminster Cathedral? Photo: Ralph Morse//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Catholic plates, Sir Stuart’s boob job and tight-lipped Lynton

20 October 2012 9:00 am

Many are the mysteries of the Catholic Church. The latest concerns the takings at Westminster Cathedral, which have suddenly soared…

Goodbye to Craig Dre and the legend of Dave’s rudeness

6 October 2012 9:00 am

Word reaches me that Dave may be about to lose his third spin doctor in a row. First Andy Coulson…

Telling Tales

22 September 2012 10:40 am

The Spectator’s Mr Steerpike recounts some infamous conference moments