The Right List 2019 | Sarah Stook
It’s been a great year for the right, so here are the 100 top right-wingers in the UK of 2019. Whilst not all are big C Conservatives, many are. Politicians make up the bulk of the list, with journalists taking up most of the remaining spots.
Note that some are the defectors from the Tory party. All those in it may not be conservative to readers, but they are being judged on their ideological affiliations. It’s not a perfect list and ranking was difficult, especially later on, but it’s a rough guide of who to watch out for.
So, without further ado:
- Boris Johnson (+5)- Prime Minister and MP for Uxbridge & South Ruislip
This time last year, Boris Johnson was a backbencher who had left the Foreign Office in shame. In July, he became the most powerful man in the country after beating Jeremy Hunt to become Leader of the Conservative Party. His attempts to push through his own Brexit deal failed due to a parliamentary deadlock, so he decided to risk an election. This worked for Johnson, who managed to get 365 seats and a majority of 80. As he rounds out the year, he has a strong mandate. Not bad for the man who started the year as a joke to many.
- Dominic Cummings (+88)- Chief Special Advisor to the PM
Made famous by his leadership of Vote Leave and portrayal by Benedict Cumberbatch in TV one-off drama ‘Brexit: The Uncivil War,’ many were surprised when Dominic Cummings was brought in to be Johnson’s right hand man. A ruthless individual with a penchant for chaos and surprising effectiveness, he was the man behind the landslide December 2019 General Election.
- Michael Gove (+14), MP for Surrey Heath and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
The man who dashed Johnson’s chances at being leader in 2016, Michael Gove spent most of the year as DEFRA Secretary with an environmental focus. He came third in the leadership election and was subsequently given the role of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. This role includes preparing for a no-deal Brexit and overseeing the Cabinet Office. Many don’t like him, but he’s seen as an effective operator.
- Jacob Rees-Mogg (+1), MP for North East Somerset and Leader of the House of Commons
The former Chair of the European Research Group, Jacob Rees-Mogg continued to be a grassroots favourite well into the year. His years of being a back bencher changed when he was given the role of Leader of the House of Commons by Boris Johnson. A traditional caretaker of the role, he found himself out of focus during the GE due to controversial comments about the Grenfell disaster.
- Nigel Farage (+27)- Leader of The Brexit Party and MEP for South East England
It was a successful spring for Nigel Farage. He launched his new party- The Brexit Party- only weeks before the EU Elections, which he managed to win. Though his party was a success in those elections, he found himself running out of steam when it came to the GE- especially when MEPs and candidates endorsed the Conservatives. At the end of the year, he still found himself to be influential man and the highest ranked non-Tory on this list.
- Sajid Javid (+3), MP for Bromsgrove and Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sajid Javid made history by becoming the first British Asian holder of a Great Office of State in 2018. Javid came fourth in the leadership election and subsequently promoted to the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer. One of his biggest pre-Chancellor moments was his stripping of Shamima Begum’s citizenship. Whilst many commentators disagreed, the move got widespread support from the general public.
- Priti Patel (+87), MP for Witham and Home Secretary
After nearly two years on the backbenches, Priti Patel finally received a boost when she was made Home Secretary in the new Johnson administration. Very right wing on crime and punishment, Patel had not shied away from controversial decisions.
- Dominic Raab (+8),MP for Esher and Walton, Foreign Sec and First Secretary of State
The now de-facto Deputy PM, Dominic Raab had been a prominent backbencher after his short tenure as Brexit Secretary in 2019. His new roles in the Johnson administration has allowed him a lot of power, such as when he fills in for the PM in PMQs. Raab himself came 6th in the leadership election. He was one on the MPs at risk of losing his seat in the GE, but safely managed to keep his seat away from the Lib Dems.
- Sir Edward Lister (NEW), Chief Strategic Advisor to the PM
One that many readers may not have heard of, Sir. Edward Lister is one of the most important men in Downing Street. Like Cummings, his job is to advise Johnson and he’s part of the Prime Minister’s Office.
- Carrie Symonds (+85), PR Agent and Environmentalist
As partner of the Prime Minister, Carrie Symonds receives a lot of attention. She is a keen environmentalist and works PR for conservation organisation Oceana. During the GE campaign, she really came into her own as an activist, towing along Downing Street pet Dilyn.
- Arlene Foster (-4)- DUP Leader and Member of the Northern Irish Assembly
Until the end of 2019, Arlene Foster still held the Conservative Party’s metaphorical balls as part of the confidence and supply deal. She did become a thorn in the side of the Tories as the DUP refused to back any Brexit deal put forward this year. As a result of the GE, Foster is no longer a kingmaker and also saw her party lose two seats. I predict she’ll be out of the list next time.
- James Cleverly (+19), MP for Braintree and Co-Chair of the Conservative Party
James Cleverly got a promotion from Deputy to Co-Chair of the Conservative Party this year. He really showed his chops during the GE campaign, charismatic on the trail and genuine when campaigning for candidates. Many had wanted Cleverly in the role before he got it, so it’s a win-win situation.
- Rory Stewart (NEW), Independent Candidate for Mayor of London
Rory Stewart was just a jovial minister until he suddenly shot into the spotlight when he decided to run for Tory leader. His ‘Rory Walks’ around London and selected non- M25 locations, as well as his social media campaign, made him a surprising press favourite and gave him a jump start. He managed to come in fifth. Later on, he was suspended from the whip for his refusal to support a potential Brexit deal. Stewart then left the party and announced his intention to run for Mayor.
- Jeremy Hunt (-2), MP for South West Surrey
A Marmite figure within the party, Jeremy Hunt nevertheless managed to beat contender after contender to get to the final two of the party leadership election. He received 1/3 of the vote and after Johnson’s crowning, he resigned his Foreign Secretary role to go back to the backbenches. Before his resignation, Hunt proved himself a fairly strong force in the Foreign Office.
- Andrea Leadsom (NEW), MP for South Northamptonshire and Business Sec
Known for her tough stance on harassment and beautiful arguments against then Speaker John Bercow when she was Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom threw her hat in the ring once again during the leadership election. She came eight and after that, was given the role of Business Secretary.
- Matt Hancock (+7), MP for West Suffolk and Health Secretary
Another leadership contender (he came in seventh); Matt Hancock managed to retain his Health Secretary role under a Johnson Administration. He came under some controversy in late 2019 due to a scandal involving autistic minors being locked in solitary confinement for years.
- Theresa May (-16), MP for Maidenhead
Theresa May realistically shouldn’t be this high up on the list, but she was PM until halfway through the year. After a disastrous set of elections, she decided the time was to go. Since then, she has proven herself to be an excellent backbench MP, credible constituency worker and loyal to the government. She’s better there than on the front.
- Steve Baker (+7), MP for Wycombe and Chair of the ERG
One of the so-called Brexit ‘Spartans,’ Steve Baker has taken up JRM’s mantle after the latter ascended to the front bench. He continues to be a backbench Eurosceptic favourite.
- Esther McVey (NO CHANGE), MP for Tatton and Housing Sec
The Scouse Tory who was forced to resign as Work and Pensions Sec in 2018 was another comeback kid of 2019. Though she came in last place in the leadership election- not helped by controversial comments on LGBT education- she was returned to the front bench as Housing Sec.
- Geoffrey Cox (+9), MP for Torridge and West Devon and Attorney General
Another one who managed to weather the Boris Johnson reshuffle, Geoffrey Cox is still a popular figure due to his legislative knowledge and voiceover worthy voice. Theresa May put him in charge of negotiating the NI backstop in early 2019 and later on, he was called upon to give advice of the legality of parliamentary prorogation. His advice contradicted the UK Supreme Court, but he still fought his own corner.
- Liz Truss (-1), MP for South West Norfolk, International Trade Sec, President of the Board of Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities
A popular choice/guess for the role of Chancellor in the reshuffle, Liz Truss still managed to get a position in the Cabinet. A free market fan with an unbridled love for capitalism, she’s had a relatively quiet year but we’ll expect to see more from her.
- Lee Cain (NEW)- Downing Street Director of Communications
Taking a job formerly held by Alistair Campbell, Andy Coulson and Craig Oliver is no easy task. Lee Cain was another newbie brought in by Boris Johnson, a former SPAD. When you’re controlling the narrative, you have power, especially when Johnson is in the limelight. It was also revealed that he used to dress up as a chicken to harass Conservative politicians, so that’s something.
- Ben Elliot (NEW)- Co-Chair of the Conservative Party
Another behind the scenes player, members of the party will probably know Ben Elliot from the deluge of emails received before and during the general election. He caused a minor outrage when sent out an almost accusatory email to members, begging for money. He was forced to swiftly apologise.
- Amber Rudd (+2)- Former MP
A fierce Boris Johnson critic, Amber Rudd somehow managed to maintain her job as Work and Pensions secretary, despite flip flopping on whether she’d accept a role from the new PM. This lasted until September, when she resigned as a result of the Brexit vote and removal of the whip from other MPs regarding the issue. Though it was initially reported that she’d stand as an independent conservative candidate, she didn’t contest her seat of Hastings and Rye.
- Richard Tice (+29)- MEP for East of England and Chair of the Brexit Party
The chair of one of the newest parties, Richard Tice managed to help the Brexit Party win at the European elections, only weeks after its inception. He was seen as the biggest change of a parliamentary seat when he contested Hartlepool, receiving 10K votes, but was blamed for splitting it so that Labour could win again.
- Ben Wallace (NEW)- MP for Wyre and Preston North and Defence Secretary
He’s not that high profile, but Ben Wallace gets a good spot on this list by virtue of his profession. A former soldier, Wallace certainly knows his brief. His comments supporting Turkish intervention in Syria, however, were not well received.
- Ruth Davidson (-14)- MSP for Edinburgh Central
The one who saved Theresa May’s behind in 2017 was less of an ally of Boris Johnson. Ruth Davidson been relatively quiet after the birth of her son, but still remained a tough politician when in Scottish Parliament. Her resignation in 2019 as party was officially due to wanting to be with family, but many claimed it was due to her many differences with Boris Johnson. Still, she hasn’t ruled out a leadership bid in the future.
- Nikki da Costa (NEW)- Director of Legislative Affairs at Number 10
Another key player in the Johnson machine, Nikki de Costa has been in the game for years. Her role is simple- providing advice and strategy for potential legislation. She was subject of a rumour that she was leaving the role soon after joining, but de Costa was simply on maternity leave.
- Nicky Morgan (+21)- Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Balancing the line this year, Nicky Morgan has been a simultaneous critic and loyalist. Though she said she wouldn’t serve in a Johnson ministry, she was given a job in the DCMS. She did choose not to fight her seat of Loughborough, but it was then announced she will be elevated to the Lords so that she could continue her role. Wonder why.
- David Gauke (+12)- Former MP for South West Hertfordshire
Former Justice Secretary, David Gauke was seen as one of the key anti-Brexiters in the Tory party, but was not one of those who defected. After he was one of the MPs who got the whip removed, Gauke became even more outspoken on the issue. He fought his seat in the 2019 GE as an independent, but lost to the Conservative Party.
- Baroness Evans (+3)- Leader of the House of Lords
In charge of overseeing those pesky Lords, Baroness Evans is a relatively low-key figure for someone with a lot of power. Retained by the Johnson administration, she keeps her head above water and is a sensible figure. She’ll be all the more important with a majority in place.
- Iain Dale (+7)- Broadcaster and Journalist
It’s been a good year for Iain Dale, who is the highest ranked journalist on this list. His talk-ins with leadership candidates and hosting of hustings have made him well known in the public eye. Though he is a former Conservative candidate, he’s good at keeping balance.
- Zac Goldsmith (+39)- Secretary for DEFRA and Former MP for Richmond Park
Though he lost his seat by a larger majority to Lib Dem Sarah Olney, Zac Goldsmith will not be stopped. A keen environmentalist and ally of Carrie Symonds, he was announced to be elevated to a peerage after losing his seat. Big on human rights too, he was a good sport about losing.
- Stephen Barclay (NEW)- MP for North East Cambridgeshire and Brexit Secretary
In an ideal world, Stephen Barclay would be higher on this list. Unfortunately, he isn’t. The aim was for us to have left the EU in March, then October, but this hasn’t come to fruition. He clearly isn’t pulling any strings, but he’s still in position so good for him.
- Gavin Williamson (-11)- MP for South Staffordshire and Education Secretary
Known for his tarantula (not a euphemism), Gavin Williamson hit a bit of a bump when he was forced to resign as Defence Secretary due to a high security leak. He did have a surprise comeback as Education Secretary of all things in Johnson’s cabinet.
- Anna Soubry (-9)- Former MP
Anna Soubry kicked 2019 off by joining The Independent Party, displeased at the perceived ideological shifts in the Conservative Party. Still an arch-Europhile, she remained a member of the Independents until it became Change UK, becoming its leader. Though she fought for her Broxtowe seat in the 2019 GE, she lost.
- Penny Mordaunt (-19)- MP for Portsmouth North
Defence Secretary for a mere 85 days, Penny Mordaunt received praise in her new role due to her military background. There was shock when Boris Johnson let her go, rumoured to be due to their mutual dislike. There’s still time for her to come back.
- Dominic Grieve (+47)- Former MP
A learned man often admired for his legal knowledge, Dominic Grieve became a thorn in the side for many Brexiters. One of the MPs who had the whip removed, Grieve was also threatened with de-selection by his local association. Like Soubry and Gauke, he ran as an independent but lost to the Tories.
- Johnny Mercer (-4)- MP for Plymouth Moor View and Minister for Defence People & Veterans
The plucky veteran who often puts his foot in his mouth, Johnny Mercer was rewarded when given a junior ministerial role. He’s continued to fight the witch hunt against NI veterans, something that he has been dedicated to.
- Shaun Bailey (-2)- Member of the London Assembly and Mayoral Candidate
An unconventional candidate, Shaun Bailey is hoping to replicate previous Conservative success in a city that doesn’t like them very much. Though he’s been accused of sexism and Islamaphobia, but has remained the candidate with support by the upper brass.
- Philip Hammond (-31)- Former MP
As someone who was Chancellor for over half of 2019, you’d expect Philip Hammond to be much higher on the list. Mocked as ‘Spreadsheet Phil,’ he continued to be too Europhile for many people’s taste. He immediately resigned his position when Johnson won the leadership, though he wouldn’t have got a position anyway. Hammond had the whip removed and later decided not to re-run.
- Paul Goodman (-2), Editor of Conservative Home
Former MP turned journo; Paul Goodman is now the editor of the most influential website for the right in the UK. With solid turnout, polls and content, ConHome is going nowhere and Goodman isn’t either.
- Mark Spencer (NEW)- MP for Sherwood and Chief Whip
The puns rained when Johnson made his first Cabinet pick, former Deputy Leader of the House Mark Spencer. As Chief Whip (and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury), he’s the one pulling all the strings when it comes to the PCP. Spencer came to prominence when he worked on the whip suspension.
- Eleanor Laing (NEW)- MP for Epping Forest
Eleanor Laing rose to prominence when she ran for Speaker after the resignation of John Bercow, coming a respectable third. She had been a Deputy Speaker for six years and plans to run again.
- Mark Francois (+14)- MP for Rayleigh and Wickford and Deputy of the ERG
Mark Francois found himself the Tory MP with the highest majority and vote share (73%), a personal victory. Still a staunch Brexiter, he compared the ‘Red Wall’ to the Berlin Wall in the post-election coverage. He’s not known for keeping quiet.
- Ann Widdecombe (NEW)- MEP
A former Tory, well known for her social conservatism and reality TV exploits, Ann Widdecombe jumped ship to the Brexit Party in spring. Her return to politics came after a long career away, so many thought it was a surprise. She managed to get an MEP job, but failed in the GE.
- Rishi Sunak (NEW)- MP for Richmond (Yorks) and Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Seen as a rising star in the party, Rishi Sunak got his chance to shine when he replaced Boris Johnson in some of the larger TV debates. His job as Chief Secretary to the Treasury comes from his financial background. More will be seen of Sunak, as he’s proven himself trustworthy.
- Paul Staines (NEW)- Publisher of Guido Fawkes
The man behind the controversial website, Paul Staines has continued to grow Guido Fawkes. It continues to provide scoops and scandal, and is apparently read by everyone in Westminster. Most people would fear being in it.
- Jo Johnson (NEW)- Former MP
Brother of the main man, Jo Johnson was appointed to the Cabinet upon the new administration. The joy didn’t last for long- two months later; he resigned as both MP and minister due to clashes on Brexit. Bet that made family dinners awkward.
- Sir Roger Scruton (+16)- Writer and philosopher
One of the most influential conservative thinkers of the moment, it’s been a rough year for Sir Roger Scruton. He was fired as housing tsar to the government in April after accusations of Islamaphobia, before returning to the role under the Johnson government. Scruton was also revealed to have cancer, so we wish him well on that front.
- Kit Malthouse (NEW)- MP for North West Hampshire and Minister for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service
Known for bridging the gap with the so-called ‘Malthouse Compromise’ regarding the Irish backstop, Kit Malthouse’s joy was short lived after it was voted down. He used that to run for the Tory leadership contest, but backed down pretty quickly after it was made clear he wouldn’t win.
- Kate Andrews (-21)- Former Associate Director of the IEA
Though she’s going to The Spectator in January, Kate Andrews is still the zippy American member of the IEA to many people. A staunch Brexiter and target of the #FBPE crowd, Andrews is a regular on Question Time and is likely to be for many years.
- Fraser Nelson (-20)- Editor of The Spectator
As editor of one of the most influential right-leaning magazines, Fraser Nelson has a lot of command of the media. Though some have criticised his allowance of certain articles by the types of Rod Liddle, Nelson looks to be staying.
- Brendan O’Neill (-9)- Journalist and Editor
Always controversial, Brendan O’Neill has found his feet held to the fire more than once in 2019. His comments about rioting after Brexit triggered 585 Ofcom complaints, which were not upheld. From transgenderism to environmentalism, O’Neill isn’t one to keep quiet.
- Charles Moore (NEW)- Writer and Journalist
Still writing in newspapers, Charles Moore released his much anticipated third book on a biographical trilogy of Margaret Thatcher. It received much acclaim and leapt off the shelves at Tory conference. One hopes he’ll write more in future.
- Annunziata Rees-Mogg (NEW)- MEP
Another lifelong Tory defector to The Brexit Party, Annunziata Rees-Mogg was pretty much the star of the new show. Though she won her MEP seat, she didn’t last long in the Brexit Party after she quit, urging voters to choose the Tories in the GE.
- Jake Berry (NEW)- MP for Rossendale and Darwen and Northern Powerhouse Minister
With Boris Johnson’s promise of focusing more on the north, Jake Berry has become more prominent in the cabinet. He was part of the campaign tour to encourage members to vote Johnson for leader.
- Daniel Hannan (+10)- MEP
Many thought he would lose his seat to the Brexit Party during the EU elections, but Daniel Hannan continued to cling on. He’s more of a philosopher and thinker than he is a politician, preferring to do tours.
- Theresa Villiers (NEW)- MP for Chipping Barnet and DEFRA Secretary
Managing to increase her majority slightly from before, Theresa Villiers is one of the initial rebel Brexiters. As new DEFRA secretary, she is setting out more new policies like banning live exports and having primates as pets.
- Katie Hopkins (NO CHANGE)- Journalist and Commentator
Certainly a marmite figure, Katie Hopkins is going international with her commentary. Her videos on Twitter attacking multi-culturalism often cause a stir, though one can argue that is exactly what she is going for. She won’t stop.
- Mark Wallace (+14)- Writer and Executive Editor of ConservativeHome
The face behind the influential ConservativeHome, Mark Wallace is also a regular on Sky News’ Press Review. The GE also provided plenty of opportunity for Wallace to write.
- Douglas Murray (NEW)- Associate Editor of The Spectator, Writer and Columnist
A man without filter, Douglas Murray isn’t afraid of a bit of harsh criticism and saying things no one else will. His most recent book ‘The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity,’ is a criticism of ‘woke’ PC culture and social justice.
- Stanley Johnson (NEW)- Writer and Media Personality
Famous in his own right as a softer, more excitable version of his children, Stanley Johnson is working away round the media circuit. Whilst he’s not alien to big gaffes, he’s provided a certain charm to the Prime Minister’s family.
- Baroness Jenkin (+27)- Peer and Women2Win Co-Chair
Baroness Jenkin’s hard work a part of Women2Win has really paid off this year, with more women not only being elected to the Tory party, but to others. Not bad.
- John Major (+16)- Former PM
John Major actually increased his share in this list from last year, which is impressive since he’s so dull. He’s largely been doing his Europhile skit, telling voters to reject the party that he led for so many years. Too bad no one listened to him.
- Tom Harwood (+7)- Blogger and Journalist
Tom Harwood has reason to be smug, considering he accurately predicted the course of the year for politics, from failed deals to a Tory majority. As Guido Fawkes’ resident youth, he’s mainly on the blogging and media part.
- Geoff Norcott (+13)- Comedian
The only one on this list to make us laugh on purpose, it’s been a good year for Geoff Norcott. His programme on class was well-received and he’s got several good gigs on the TV. With a tour on its way, Norcott will continue to tickle us in 2020.
- Julia Hartley-Brewer (-32)- Radio Broadcaster and Commentator
The talkRadio presenter with all the sass, Julia Hartley-Brewer continued the controversy and conversation throughout 2019. She was invited to a panel with the Royal College of General Practitioners, but was disinvite when 700 doctors signed a letter saying that she didn’t meet their idea of inclusivity. I’m sure she was heartbroken.
- Lord Ashcroft (+2)- Writer and Peer
Election year is like Christmas for Lord Ashcroft. His respected polls made a return, as well as the post- election surveys on things like demographics and policy views.
- Darren Grimes (NEW)- Activist and Commentator
Winning an appeal against a £20K fine would make anyone’s year, which is why Darren Grimes is probably happy. The BeLeave founder is now working at the IEA.
- Katy Balls (NEW)- Deputy Political Editor of The Spectator
A talented writer, Katy Balls had continued to put our some quality content. She contributes to podcasts and other columns.
- Oliver Letwin (NEW)- Former MP
An arch-Europhile, Oliver Letwin showed a rebellious side in 2019. His first act was to introduce indicative votes to see which options for Brexit were most popular and realistic. His second, after announcing his plan to stand down as MP next election, he introduced the so called ‘Letwin Amendment.’ This would prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal and those Tories who voted for it lost the whip.
- George Osborne (NEW)- Editor of the Evening Standard
The man with a thousand jobs, George Osborne continued to be where he wasn’t wanted throughout 2019. His main angle this year was to become Director of the International Monetary Fund. When he didn’t get that, he went after the Conservatives and said how he was considering switching to the Lib Dems.
- Kenneth Clarke (+10)- Former MP
The former Father of the House, Kenneth Clarke has been in government longer than most of us have been alive. Opposed to Brexit, he supported having Rory Stewart as party leader and also voted for the so-called ‘Letwin Amendment,’ leading to the whip being taken from him. Bizarrely, he was suggested as candidate for leader of a ‘unity government.’ He’s now no longer an MP.
- Andrew Pierce (+9)- Commentator and Journalist
A favourite on Sky News’ Press Review, Andrew Pierce is unapologetically sassy and flamboyant. He’s not afraid to make all sorts of comments on Twitter. He continues to write for The Daily Mail and comment on LBC.
- Isabel Oakeshott (+10)- Journalist, Writer and Commentator
Isabel Oakeshott managed a huge scoop this year when she got hold of some emails regarding secure diplomatic cables, leading to some big trouble between the US and Ambassador Kim Darroch. She also had The Guardian apologise after they made some rather sexist insinuations about how she managed to get hold of them.
- Rod Liddle (NEW)- Journalist and Associate Editor for The Spectator
A seasoned journalist, mainly for The Spectator, Rod Liddle found himself in trouble (again) when he wrote a column saying that the election of 2019 should fall on a Muslim Holy Day to decrease the Labour vote. Despite the outrage, he was kept on.
- David Cameron (-39)- Former MP
David Cameron’s had a quiet year, apart from the release of his new book ‘For the Record.’ Still, he’s the second most recent Prime Minister so he has something to say.
- Graham Brady (-77)- MP for Altrincham and Sale West and Acting Chair of the 1922 Committee
Though he’s lost a lot of power since last year’s failed VNC against Theresa May, Graham Brady has still been Chair of the all powerful 1922 Committee all year. The house also approved an amendment by Brady in early 2019 regarding an alternative to the NI backstop.
- Arron Banks (-34)- Businessman and Donor
The year has been a little quieter for Arron Banks, but he’s still not completely gone. The National Crime Agency ruled that Banks had not broken any finance laws and he’s also locked in a legal battle with Carole Cadwalladr. He also got in trouble for a very ill-advised tweet about climate change activist Gretha Thunberg.
- Andrew Bridgen (-33)- MP for North West Leicestershire
Still one of the big Eurosceptic MPs in Parliament, Andrew Bridgen had a lot less to be critical about this year. Though he caused controversy when he backed Jacob Rees-Mogg’s comments on Grenfell, he was still returned to Parliament with an increased majority of 20K.
- Alexandra Phillips (NEW)- MEP
Not to be confused with the Green MEP of the same name, Alexandra Phillips is a former UKIP member who was elected as a Brexit Party candidate. She was a PPC in the GE until Nigel Farage announced the party would be standing down in Tory-held constituencies. Phillips then announced she would not be voting as she’d been ‘disenfranchised’ by her own party.
- Andrea Jenkyns (NO CHANGE)- MP for Morley and Outwood
A sparky backbencher, Andrea Jenkyns must have been very pleased when Theresa May resigned considering she was one of the first to ask for her to go. In this new parliament, Jenkyns received the honour of being the Vice Chair of the ERG.
- Andrew Boff (-6)- Leader of the Conservatives in the London Assembly and MLA
Though he didn’t get the nomination for Mayor of London, Andrew Boff continues to challenge Sadiq Khan’s appalling record in London with question after question. As part of the libertarian party of the Tories, he’s always interesting.
- Isabel Hardman (-15)- Assistant Editor of The Spectator and Radio Presenter
Back in the swing of things after a health break, Isabel Hardman is continuing to do well in the world of journalism. As well as writing (her book is rather good), she’s also presenting Radio 4’s Week in Westminster. She’s also pregnant, so congratulations.
- Dame Helena Morrissey (NEW)- Financier and Campaigner
A top City boss tapped for Governor of the Bank of England, Dame Helena Morrissey is always on the go. She’s an advocate for women in business, is anti-FGM and supports raising money for gynaecology cancers. A great image for girls.
- Sir Nicholas Soames (NEW)- Former MP
One of the biggest Tory grandees, Sir Nicholas Soames joined the Europhile brigade and had the whip removed. Though he had it returned a month later, he was soon fighting against his own party and stood down at the next election.
- Chloe Westley (-31)- Campaign Manager at The Taxpayers’ Alliance
The campaign manager from down under, Chloe Westley was appointed as head of social media as part of Boris Johnson’s new administration. She was in hot water, however, for posts perceived to be far-right, such as when she supported For Britain’s leader Anne Marie Waters.
- Andy Street (-71)- Mayor of the West Midlands
A former businessman who favours easing the burden, Andy Street isn’t a high profile Mayor but he gets on with his job well. Here’s hoping he is re-elected in the future.
- Tim Montgomerie (-46)- Journalist and Blogger
Founder of ConservativeHome but currently with The Times, Tim Montgomerie is seen as one of the most important political journalists around. He is now Boris Johnson’s Social Justice Advisor, meaning he has the PM’s ear more than before.
- Tim Stanley (+8)- Daily Telegraph Lead Writer
As Lead Writer of the Daily Telegraph, Tim Stanley influences one of Britain’s most important right-leaning paper. He’s a contributor to The Catholic Herald and also appears on CNN. At 37, he is one of the younger big journalists.
- Camilla Tominey (NEW)- Associate Editor at The Telegraph
With a speciality in politics and the royal family, Camilla Tominey is one of The Telegraph’s best. She’s put in some impressive hours on Question Time.
- James Forsyth (+3)- Political Editor of The Spectator and Columnist
With his ink in several of Britain’s leading publications, Forsyth has a finger in many pies. Though he’s baby faced and fairly young by this list’s standards, he’s political editor of one of the most influential right-leaning magazines.
- John Longworth (-41)- MEP
Founder of Leave Means Leave, John Longworth also joined the Brexit Party ranks and was elected MEP. This was short lived, after he was expelled from the party and lost the whip for apparently ‘repeatedly undermining their election strategy.’ Longworth had encouraged Farage to focus on a small number of seats as opposed to their larger campaign.
- Dia Chakravarty (NEW)- Brexit Editor for The Daily Telegraph
Bright and articulate in her media appearances, Dia Chakravarty is proving herself well in the Telegraph.
- Matthew Parris (-38)- Journalist
Mainly with The Times, Matthew Parris is a controversial figure among the right as many do not deem him to be conservative at all. This was proven to be slightly true when he quit the Tory Party and joined the Lib Dems in protest of Boris Johnson’s leadership.
- Peter Hitchens (NEW)- Journalist and author
A last bastion of social conservatism, Peter Hitchens remains influential through his talks and active Twitter presence. Seen by some as a crank, Hitchens nevertheless still has ideological followers.
- Matthew D’Ancona (NEW)- Journalist and Think Tank Chair
Weekly columnist for The Guardian, Matthew D’Ancona is seen as one of the best insiders when it comes to liberal Toryism. As Chair of Bright Blue, he espouses those views himself.
- Rob Oxley (NEW)- Downing Street Press Secretary
A former SPAD and Vote Leave press officer, Rob Oxley is part of Johnson’s new administration. As the one who is the gateway between the press and the PM, his job ensures that he has his eye on the media. Only a day before the election, he swore at a Good Morning Britain reporter trying to interview the Prime Minister before ushering the man into a freezer. Yes, that happened.
- Dehenna Davison (NEW)- MP
The only new intake on this list, Dehenna Davison was making waves before her MP selection. Now the face of young, blue collar conservatives who provide fresh blood, many in the media are taking notice. Talked about on social media, she’s definitely one to watch.