Jamie Wallis, Britain’s first openly transgender MP, breaks silence on transitioning

Britain’s first openly transgender MP has spoken about transitioning for the first time, warning that the debate around trans issues had become “toxic”. Jamie Wallis, the Conservative MP for Bridgend and Porthcawl, said last month that he “wanted to be”... Read more

Tory backbenchers say party’s own adverts attacking Labour MPs over illegal migrants are safety risk

A Tory advertising campaign attacking Labour over illegal migration could be a risk to the safety of MPs, Conservative backbenchers have said. New adverts targeting Labour MPs in marginal seats, as well as Labour’s top team such as Yvette Cooper,... Read more

Steve Baker MP: ‘I’m sick of the Cabinet sitting there fat, dumb and happy’

Some of Baker’s views are well outside the mainstream. He believes, for example, that central banks are complicit in state-managed economic growth that amounts to “monetary socialism” and should be disbanded. As he describes how the global monetary system is... Read more

Face it, Tories, you haven’t got an heir to Boris

There are many silly old sayings in Westminster that get proved wrong time and time again yet lack the good grace to go away and die. One of the stupidest is that a prime minister is merely “first among equals”... Read more

Mark Harper: Boris Johnson could face vote of no confidence by July

Fifty-four Tory MPs must submit letters of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady, the 1922 committee chairman, to trigger a ballot. Mr Harper emailed his letter of no confidence last week. Mr Harper added: “I think my colleagues will have... Read more

‘Chaos of our own making’: Behind the scenes of the Tory U-turn on ‘partygate’ vote

At about the same time he was trotting out Number 10’s lines, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, confirmed the Government’s decision not to move their amendment. As a result of the volte-face, Labour’s motion, which cites four separate comments... Read more

Full list of Tories who have called for Boris Johnson to resign since ‘partygate’ scandal began

Boris Johnson is facing the largest threat to his premiership after he was fined for breaking lockdown rules by attending his “birthday party” in the Cabinet room in June 2020.  The latest development in the ‘partygate’ scandal has resulted in... Read more

Boris must’ve wished he was anywhere but facing ‘partygate’ fury … apparently Rwanda is nice

Boris Johnson is one of Britain’s most accomplished apologisers (the Tories once sent him to Liverpool to say sorry to an entire city). Now, having been persuaded by the police that he did indeed break the law, he was forced... Read more

Stop your misguided moralising on Rwanda deal, MPs tell Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop’s Easter sermon is the latest in a series of interventions by him over government policy. In Sep 2020, he used a Telegraph article to denounce the Prime Minister for “determining the daily details of our lives” by imposing... Read more

Robot fruit pickers could be deployed to stop Britons going hungry

The strategy, due to be announced in the coming months, is also expected to promote “alternative proteins”, including beans, pulses and lab-grown meat. The strategy follows an independent review by Henry Dimbleby, a restaurateur and entrepreneur, who warned that “eating... Read more

Sexual assault and cronyism: Tory MP Craig Whittaker on consulting on Anatomy of a Scandal

Another week, another scandal in Westminster. This week, it is the news that the Prime Minister, his wife and the Chancellor of Exchequer have all been fined by the Metropolitan Police for breaking lockdown rules. The story erupts before the... Read more

Imran Ahmad Khan resigns as MP after being found guilty of sexually assaulting 15-year-old boy

A Conservative MP found guilty of child sex offences has quit as an MP, triggering a by-election in a “Red Wall” seat. Imran Ahmad Khan, who represents Wakefield, said that he is appealing against the verdict but is resigning so... Read more

Exclusive: Tories set to lose 800 council seats – and Sir Keir Starmer on course to be PM in 2024

The Conservatives are on course to lose more than 800 council seats in next month’s local elections in results that, if repeated at the next general election, would see Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, become prime minister. Pollsters Electoral... Read more

Conservative Association says niqab-wearing council candidate may ‘upset’ voters

A Conservative Association has selected a niqab-wearing mother to stand in next month’s local elections, despite admitting it may “upset” voters. Fajila Patel, 36, has been chosen as one of the party’s candidates to contest the Bastwell and Daisyfield ward... Read more

How the ‘partygate’ scandal unfolded

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak apologised and paid fines on Tuesday after attending the Prime Minister’s birthday party in Downing Street during lockdown. Mr Johnson rejected calls to resign while Mr Sunak also suggested he would continue as Chancellor, adding:... Read more

Final Sue Gray report ‘will not make comfortable reading for Boris Johnson’

Tuesday’s announcement of a fresh tranche of fines came as Scotland Yard faced mounting pressure to wrap up its “partygate” investigation ahead of the local elections in May. The Metropolitan Police launched a criminal inquiry into illegal Downing Street gatherings... Read more

Crispin Blunt resigns as LGBT+ group chairman after criticism of Imran Khan conviction

Mr Blunt said: “On reflection, I have decided to retract my statement defending Imran Ahmad Khan. I am sorry that my defence of him has been a cause of significant upset and concern, not least to victims of sexual offences.... Read more

Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan found guilty of sexually assaulting 15-year-old boy

Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy after forcing him to drink gin at a party 14 years ago. The victim said he “wasn’t taken very seriously” when he made the allegation... Read more

Ben Houchen: ‘We need a smarter Government’

According to Houchen’s calculations, suspending consumer green levies – which encourage energy efficiency measures – for a year would cost the Treasury more than £12bn. Crucially, however, this would be a deferral rather than a holiday, with the costs recouped... Read more

This is a perilous moment for the Conservative Party

If the Labour Party had written a script for the Tories to follow, they would not have dared to come up with anything as outlandish or destructive as recent events have been for the Government. First came the fines, issued... Read more

Laborious planning rules are losing support for the Tories in the countryside

Laborious planning rules are losing the Conservative Party support in rural areas, a survey has found. Some 12 million voters live in the countryside and England’s rural areas account for around £210 billion (16 per cent) of the country’s economy,... Read more

Nuclear power and wind farms: What is in the Government’s green energy strategy?

The Government plans to move £160 of annual levies on to gas bills to encourage homeowners to choose greener methods of heating their home and help end the UK’s reliance on gas. It has committed to moving the environmental and... Read more

No 10 cancels first LGBT conference over conversion therapy U-turn backlash

Mr Anderson described the Government’s reversal as “deeply damaging” and called for “tolerance and respect in our national conversations”. He added that he was quitting his role “with a heavy heart”. When announcing the consultation into a ban on conversion... Read more

Rishi Sunak blocks green homes plan that would have lowered energy bills

Plans to spend hundreds of millions of pounds to reduce bills by making homes more energy efficient have been blocked by the Treasury. The Telegraph can reveal that Number 10 and the Business Secretary’s team were pushing for an expansion... Read more

Tory MP David Warburton’s cocaine and sex assault allegations referred to MI6

“It’s important that when the process is ongoing, we don’t immediately cast aspersions on the motives of alleged victims,” she said. “One of my main concerns about this is that there are three women who have come forward with allegations... Read more