Steven Swinford, The Times of London

Steven Swinford

The Times of London

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Recent articles by Steven:

Nadhim Zahawi tax row: Has Tories’ great survivor finally run out of luck?

In the dying days of Boris Johnson’s government last July the former prime minister mounted an extraordinary reshuffle in an attempt to save his career.The sudd → Read More

Rishi Sunak’s strike law to let bosses sack workers and sue unions

Employers will be able to sue unions and sack staff under government plans to curb the right to strike, The Times has been told.Rishi Sunak is poised to announc → Read More

Rishi Sunak promises a better future with his education ‘silver bullet’

Rishi Sunak used his first big speech since entering Downing Street to try to frame his political vision and draw dividing lines with Labour before the → Read More

Rishi Sunak to halve support that helps businesses pay fuel bills

Rishi Sunak is poised to halve financial support on energy bills for businesses, amid concerns about the cost. When she was prime minister Liz Truss announced → Read More

Strike costs ‘will force unions into climbdown’

Striking unions are running out of money and will have to back down over higher pay, ministers have said. Action is thought to be costing the unions million → Read More

Analysis: the Tory members pondering life beyond parliament

At first glance, the list appears to be almost random. The 13 Tory MPs who have so far announced their intention to stand down span the generations, with the ol → Read More

Rishi Sunak must find a way to galvanise Tories

Hours after baiting each other in the Commons at prime minister’s questions, Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer played at being emollient statesmen → Read More

£15,000 grants to help middle earners insulate their homes and save on bills

Middle-income households will receive grants worth up to £15,000 to make their homes more energy efficient.Grant Shapps, the business secretary, will announce plans next week to fund loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and smart heating controls.The new fund, called “eco plus”, will be aimed at → Read More

Jeremy Hunt comes unstuck after joke about Boris and Carrie Johnson’s peeling gold wallpaper

It was the luxury feature that came to symbolise the excess of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street.During the former prime minister’s tenure in No 10 he and his wife → Read More

Tory right fears the budget will be more kill than cure

As Jeremy Hunt pores over his first budget this weekend, he is grappling with an almost impossible question. How do you sell something almost unsellable to vote → Read More

Gavin Williamson resigns after formal complaint over bullying claims

Sir Gavin Williamson is facing an investigation over claims he told a former a senior civil servant to “slit your throat” in a sustained campaign of bullying.The former official has made a formal complaint and spoken for the first time about the “extreme impact” that he says working for Williamson h → Read More

Gavin Williamson’s ‘tacit threat to MP over private life’

A minister has claimed that Sir Gavin Williamson raised details about her private life during a conversation in an attempt to silence her while she was on the b → Read More

Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt, the odd couple finding ties that bind to face down storm

Shortly after the Bank of England raised interest rates by the highest level in 30 years on Thursday, Jeremy Hunt gathered staff in the Treasury to outline the scale of the challenge ahead.Affirming his principles for what is expected to be one of the most brutal fiscal events for more than a decade → Read More

There are difficult decisions to come, but trust me, says Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak was in TGI Friday’s in Teesside eating ribs with his daughters when Liz Truss announced that she was resigning.The former chancellor, who had been s → Read More

State can’t fix all your problems, says Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak has warned that people cannot expect the state to “fix every problem” as he vowed to regain the trust of voters by being honest about the scale of t → Read More

Rishi Sunak drops Liz Truss’s plan for Jerusalem embassy

Rishi Sunak has abandoned Liz Truss’s controversial plans to move Britain’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.During her 49-day premiership she ordered a review in → Read More

Tories face a drubbing at next election, warns polling expert John Curtice

Rishi Sunak will find it “extremely difficult” to revive the Conservative Party’s electoral fortunes despite his personal popularity and faces a potential lands → Read More

Boris Johnson’s foes hasten to end ‘the only show in town’ in Tory leadership race

Boris Johnson was in bullish mood yesterday morning when he addressed his supporters on a Zoom call from his campaign headquarters in central Westminster at 8am → Read More

Boris Johnson told to bury the hatchet — but just not in Rishi Sunak

For a man yet to publicly declare his intention to stand for the Conservative leadership, Boris Johnson has spent much of his holiday in the Dominican Republic → Read More

Kwasi Kwarteng flew back to UK not knowing he was out

Kwasi Kwarteng had no idea it was coming. After a seven-hour overnight flight from Washington he emerged from Heathrow smiling for the cameras before his meetin → Read More