Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator and edits the Coffee House blog. She also presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster.

The wonder of winter fungi

At this time of year, you’ll find fungi fruiting almost anywhere.

17 Nov 2020

Nature boost: How time outside can lift your mood

It’s never been more important to get your dose of fresh air. Here’s how to do it.

9 Nov 2020

‘As good as an orgasm’: how to go wild swimming in winter

Good for the heart and good for the mind – don’t let the drop in temperature put you off.

3 Nov 2020

How to spot London’s best trees

From Mimosas to Indian Bean trees, London’s greenery is more diverse than you might think

2 Sep 2019

How to spot British wildflowers

Truly native wildflowers can be tricky to spot. Here are the five British wildflowers you should look out for this summer.

3 Jul 2019

London’s best open air swimming spots

Isabel Hardman brings you her guide to the best outdoor swimming spots in London

28 Mar 2019

A question looms for the Tories: can Jeremy Hunt repair relations with doctors?

Junior doctors are now on strike over their new contract, with recriminations between the two sides continuing as the picket…

12 Jan 2016

What should Jeremy Hunt do next to the NHS?

The Tories barely talked about the NHS during the election campaign. It was an area of Labour strength, and one…

19 May 2015

Policymakers must address high male suicide rates

It’s pretty tough to find good news in suicide statistics, but today’s figures for 2013 are particularly grim reading. The number…

19 Feb 2015

The mitochondrial debate seems suspiciously short for a topic few MPs are experts on

MPs are currently debating changing the law to allow mitochondrial donations. This is a very complex area that few people…

3 Feb 2015

Can Labour afford a battle with Boots?

Is Labour wise to go to war with the head of Boots for warning that a Miliband government would be…

2 Feb 2015

80 Tories could reject plain packaging

While Cabinet members grumble about the way the government’s plain packaging announcement was snuck out last week, those Tories opposed…

27 Jan 2015

Ministers to introduce plain-packaging for cigarettes

The government has finally decided to bring in plain packaging laws for cigarettes. This U-turn is a sort of U-turn…

21 Jan 2015

Ukip is sticking to the mainstream line on the NHS

One  reason that Ukip seems rather quiet at the moment is that it doesn’t have very much policy to talk about. And…

20 Jan 2015

Labour seeks urgent question on A&E crisis

Andy Burnham has put in a request for an urgent question on the A&E crisis, I have learned. The question,…

7 Jan 2015

How will Ed Miliband use the A&E crisis at PMQs?

Towards the end of 2014, David Cameron was finding PMQs ‘boring’. He knew that it was turning into a session…

7 Jan 2015

Is the NHS ‘crisis’ too complex for politicians to solve?

Is the NHS in crisis, or isn’t it? Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want to use the word, telling the Today programme…

6 Jan 2015

Who privatised Hinchingbrooke hospital? And does it matter?

When it comes to rows about the NHS, these days it doesn’t rain, it pours. In fact, fights between the…

10 Dec 2014

Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham’s NHS battle heats up

Two politicians unashamedly and eternally at one another’s throats are Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham, scrapping over who cares more…

8 Dec 2014

Nigel Farage: Women should avoid ‘ostentatious’ breastfeeding

Nigel Farage has waded into the row about a mother being asked to cover up while breastfeeding her baby by…

5 Dec 2014

Lib Dems to announce mental health policy ‘red line’

The Lib Dems haven’t really announced many enormous policies so far at their party conference. Yesterday’s speech from Vince Cable…

7 Oct 2014

Stephen Dorrell: The NHS still has plenty to learn

If anyone thought Stephen Dorrell would take a break from talking about health after standing down as chairman of the…

21 Jul 2014