Liz Truss

Shadow Defra secretary Kerry McCarthy speaking at an 'End the Cull' rally. Image: PA

Meet the new anti-meat, anti-shooting, pro-badger shadow Defra secretary

14 September 2015 17:22

It’s no surprise that Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet appointments have rattled a few cages – and the choice of Kerry…

The husky is dead. Long live green conservatism (Photo: Bruno Vincent/Getty)

David Cameron must now lead a green Conservative government

1 June 2015 13:36

Those on the left tend to think that British Conservatism is a derivative of US Republicanism. But environmental policy shows…

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Hunting may be banned, but the fight still goes on

18 February 2015 17:18

Ten years ago today, Tony Blair’s ban on hunting with dogs came into force. Rural communities had marched, Otis Ferry…

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Tory detox mission continues as Liz Truss speaks softly to ‘Green Blob’

26 November 2014 17:43

One of the major themes of this year’s big Tory reshuffle was the attempt to detoxify certain policy areas where…


Gunpowder, treason and caviar – selling out in Westminster, Guido style

22 October 2014 12:20

If you’re going to sell out to the establishment, you might as well do so on an industrial scale. As…


Conservative conference: Liz Truss and Sajid Javid hit Labour

29 September 2014 11:30

Two of the brightest rising stars in the Conservative party, Sajid Javid and Liz Truss, addressed the Tory conference. After…

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British farming cannot turn its back on the EU

30 July 2014 11:22

Much has been made of the political debate at the 2014 CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace. The attendance of…

Nigel Farage and Ross Murray of the CLA at the Game Fair. Image: Twitter, @TheGameFair

Are Nigel Farage’s agricultural policies really ‘unrealistic and uncosted’?

23 July 2014 15:15

Much has been made of the reception that greeted Nigel Farage at the CLA Game Fair on Friday. The punters were far more…


David Cameron’s decision to sack Owen Paterson will send rural voters flooding to Ukip

22 July 2014 16:41

During Owen Paterson’s vocal conversation with David Cameron in defence of his record as Environment Minister after learning he was…


Podcast: a misogynistic reshuffle, punishment for ministers and why right-wing women are sexier

17 July 2014 9:44

In this week’s Spectator, Melissa Kite argues that David Cameron’s reshuffle has been soured by misogyny. The PM doesn’t want…

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Liz Truss is no friend of Mr Badger

17 July 2014 9:11

What some people seem to forget is that Owen Paterson wasn’t (and Liz Truss isn’t) just Environment Secretary. As well…

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David Cameron’s cosmetic exercise bemuses the Tories

15 July 2014 17:47

Today’s reshuffle has been largely about cosmetic improvements to the Conservative party — not just through the promotion of female…

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View from 22 podcast special: reshuffle review

15 July 2014 17:09

In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman round up some of the key…


Video: the assassination of Michael Gove

15 July 2014 16:06

Michael Gove‘s departure from the Department for Education is the biggest shock of this reshuffle. Tory MPs have been even…

Endangered species: a white middle-aged Tory still in the government. Just.

6am Spectator podcast special: Cameron’s reshuffle – the hiring begins

15 July 2014 6:00

Good morning. We’ve just had the night of the long knives – for middle-aged Tory ministers at least. Now for the…

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There aren’t enough normal people in Cabinet – male or female

13 July 2014 14:02

Well, it’s looking good for Esther, Liz and Priti, isn’t it? The one handle most of us have by now…


Tories, Tories everywhere

29 May 2014 19:07

If you are a lobbyist looking to access a government minister but want to circumvent the tedious checks enforced by…

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Maria Miller: Who could replace her?

9 April 2014 8:25

Who are the ministers who could replace Maria Miller? Some of the muttering over the past few days has been…

Nick Clegg: does not want to annoy teachers. Photo: Getty Images.

Nick Clegg: Vince Cable never intended to offend teachers

6 March 2014 18:18

Nick Clegg spent this morning singing the Lib Dem equivalent of Take That’s Back for Good, telling his target voters…

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Don’t reduce class sizes: the OECD’s lessons for education in the UK

5 March 2014 17:34

So much of the education debate is about how UK schools perform relative to those in other countries – this…

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Childcare for all: a necessity not a luxury

7 June 2013 10:36

How many small children do you think you could look after? Three? Four? Maybe not even one without someone else…

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The Tories failed to make the case for relaxing childcare ratios: no wonder the policy bombed

9 May 2013 15:29

Two ministers appeared in the Commons today to explain two different reforms. One is at the very start of its…


The View from 22 — Francis Maude and Liz Truss on Margaret Thatcher

11 April 2013 8:48

How does Margaret Thatcher’s legacy impact Tory MPs today? This week’s Spectator magazine contains a 16-page supplement considering the premiership…

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Liz Truss: the minister fighting the ‘Where have all the women gone?’ debates

19 March 2013 9:44

The government’s childcare announcement, fronted by the formidable Liz Truss, is another attempt to appeal to working mothers and to…

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Truss’ truncated childcare announcement highlights mid-term review weaknesses

29 January 2013 9:44

Controversial though her proposals to relax quotas for childminders and nursery staff may be, no-one disagrees with Liz Truss’ central…