With a stonking mandate, the Tories must seize this chance to make the case for conservatism

The result of the 2019 general election has brought elation to the hearts of Tories up and down the country. To see opponents who have so viciously attacked good people as ‘fascist’, ‘far Right’ and ‘racist’ for the high crime of considering voting conservative lose so comprehensively, abandoned by their traditional heartlands after generations, must be immensely satisfying.

The talk ever since has been of a party now firmly ensconced in office for a generation. Andrew Neil said at the close of play Labour had lost this election, and probably the next. Over at the Corbynista media outlet Novara Media, the crestfallen presenters, whilst saying that this was not a fait accompli, betrayed their…

The Tories will blow this chance with the working class if they govern in a London bubble

We can’t be the voice of the people if we are trapped in a Westminster echo chamber

Over the past three years, Britain has witnessed a revolution. The working class has stirred and delivered two huge shocks to Westminster – voting Leave in defiance of the Establishment in 2016, and now turning away decisively from the Labour Party in a groundbreaking election.

We Tories have a unique chance to be a truly One Nation party, as the new voice of ordinary people. We must rise to the challenge of this blue-collar Conservative revolution – and, crucially, not make the mistake of trying to govern in a London bubble.

Boris Johnson’s weekend pledge in Tony Blair’s former seat, the newly blue Sedgefield…

A big majority would be a victory for Boris Johnson, Brexit and everyone slandered by the far-Left

As I write, the Tories have a stunning exit poll lead and they’ve just won Blyth Valley. Blyth Valley has been Labour or independent Labour since 1950. This evening has the potential for a major realignment.

And I’m happy. Very happy. I just did a little dance in the newsroom. Why? Three main reasons.

One because the Left poured a bucket of bile over the Tories in this election. They portrayed them as heartless monsters from the black lagoon, hell-bent on selling off the NHS to Donald Trump. And, if these figures I’m looking at are real, then it hasn’t worked.

On the contrary, it’s possible that all the negativity has backfired. Not only did social media and the celebrity mafia get this election…

Tories and Labour are united in their neglect of British defence

Our security is probably weaker than at any time since the Cold War

A data firm, Zegami, has published an analysis of all party leaders’ tweets in the first half of this election campaign. There were 764 of them, of which 414 came from either Jeremy Corbyn or Boris Johnson.

Of those 764, only two tweets mentioned defence. This is the neatest proof I have so far seen of the instinctive ability of rival political parties to collude.

Neither the Tories nor Labour want to talk about defence – the first because they have offered no strategy and not enough money, the second because Labour, under Mr Corbyn’s CND influence, does not believe in the armed services, except as a form of public-sector job…

The Tories must defend the wealth creators, and the taxes they pay 

Seeing Boris Johnson in the North East of England campaigning in Sunderland and Grimsby, while harbouring a realistic chance of winning seats in the region, suggests major political changes are afoot in this election. If local polls are to be believed, seemingly impregnable Labour strongholds might be about to fall for the first time in decades.

This is Brexit heartland where the central message of the Conservative campaign will have greatest resonance: Let’s get it done. More than 60 per cent of voters in Sunderland voted Leave and in Grimsby, a fishing town that has declined since the UK joined the Common Market, one poll put the Tories 13 points ahead of Labour.

There is also personal hostility…

The task this week for the Tories is making sure voters are focused on Brexit and Corbyn

In the final days of the campaign, the result could all come down to how effectively they frame Thursday’s choice

At this point before the last election, the strategists running the Tory campaign projected the party would win 371 seats, and a majority of 92. We all know what happened next. This time round, Conservative HQ has learnt from past mistakes. The manifesto was cautious. Austerity is over. The Conservatives are promising change, not continuity. And this time the context is different: as the Tories relentlessly point out, the public wants Brexit done. And yet by Friday Jeremy Corbyn could be prime minister. One opinion poll this weekend predicted a Tory majority 
by the narrowest of…

Boris Johnson’s rivals may look doomed, but the Tories cannot celebrate just yet 

Whisper it, but Boris Johnson is on track to get what he wanted out of this election: a majority. The Tory lead is holding up in recent polls, with their main point of divergence being how great a majority Mr Johnson can expect. 

Consider Savanta ComRes’ last poll for the Telegraph and the Tories are set for neat majority of around 10 seats. Other polling, such as Best for Britain’s seat-by-seat-analysis, puts the Tories on course to win a majority of 41 seats. YouGov goes even further with its MRP model, which has acquired oracular status after puncturing the hype around Theresa May’s impending majority in 2017 by accurately forecasting a hung parliament. It suggests the Tories are set to return…

Why non-Tories like me across Britain are determined to vote for Boris Johnson

Much of the public is wishing for a decisive Labour defeat 

I‘ve just discovered that I am part of the fastest-growing political tribe in the country, one that I’m calling “Non-Tories For The Tories”.

We are the ones who have at the very least not considered ourselves habitual Consevative voters in the past and in some cases have never voted Tory, but now find ourselves desperately willing Boris Johnson to secure a Commons majority on December 12.

We are a diverse lot, ranging from a former ‘Kipper and now pro-Brexit Social Democrat Party member like me, right through to longstanding former Labour voters who now wouldn’t touch Jeremy Corbyn’s party with a barge pole.

After expressing on social…

The Tories have conceded too much to Labour

There are obviously gargantuan differences between the Tory and Labour manifestos, but there is also similarity in the direction of travel. Call me a party pooper, but I’m worried that in order to win this election by the biggest majority imaginable, the Tories have conceded certain fundamental arguments that will make it easier for Labour to win the next one.

The contrast was articulated well by ITV’s Robert Peston at the Conservative manifesto launch in the Midlands. During questions to Boris Johnson, Mr Peston said: “You’re proposing £3 billion a year of extra public service spending compared to Labour’s promise of £83 billion … So anyone who wants to see a definitive end to austerity and…