James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

We’re heading for a 1 November election

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The United Kingdom is a country governed, in large part, by convention —but in the heat of the Brexit debate,…

Could Boris Johnson have to resign if he loses a confidence vote?

7 August 2019 10:10 pm

The argument about whether Boris Johnson would have to resign if he lost a confidence vote is continuing to rage…

What’s changed with Boris Johnson in Downing Street

3 August 2019 7:34 pm

10 days in to Boris Johnson’s premiership and the big change is, as I say in The Sun this morning,…

Who’ll blink first – Boris Johnson or the EU?

3 August 2019 9:00 am

On Sunday, Boris Johnson’s cabinet ministers were summoned to a conference call for an update on his Brexit strategy. The…

Boris Johnson’s political strategy is the same as his Brexit strategy

27 July 2019 7:33 pm

Boris Johnson is running an outside / in campaign, I say in The Sun this morning.. If he’s to get…

The first 100 days will make or break Boris

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s first 100 days will make or break him — which is what makes his premiership unlike any other.…

Boris Johnson’s risky strategy is to be himself

23 July 2019 9:45 pm

Boris Johnson is the new leader of the Conservative party. He has defeated Jeremy Hunt by a two to one…

Which Brexit strategy will Boris Johnson go for?

20 July 2019 7:32 pm

Before he even gets in to Number 10, Boris Johnson must make one of the most important calls of his…

Will ‘chairman Boris’ revive cabinet government?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

It has become something of a tradition in British politics: an incoming prime minister promises to restore proper cabinet government.…

Boris Johnson’s planning for government

13 July 2019 7:38 pm

Boris Johnson had been refusing to engage with the question of Cabinet appointments and the like until he was through…

The most important decision that Boris has to make

13 July 2019 9:00 am

After being backed by a majority of Tory MPs, Boris Johnson now looks set to win over party members by…

Boris Johnson struggles through interview with Andrew Neil

13 July 2019 5:31 am

Boris Johnson just faced by far his toughest interview of the campaign. He was pressed hard on Brexit, Kim Darroch’s…

Boris Johnson must remember: In victory, magnanimity

6 July 2019 7:54 pm

With the ballot papers out, the next few days will be crucial in the Tory leadership election. As I say…

Hunt won’t let up in his attacks on Boris

29 June 2019 4:05 pm

It is a week on since the first hustings of the Tory leadership run off. Boris Johnson appears to have…

The biggest challenge for Boris isn’t this contest – it’s what comes next

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Every campaign has a wobble — and Boris Johnson is getting his in early. A mix of complacency (he felt confident…

Enter Boris: what his premiership will look like

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Quietly and discreetly, the planning for Boris Johnson’s premiership has begun. No one wants to be seen measuring the curtains,…

How Boris Johnson intends to approach the next stage of the Tory leadership contest

21 June 2019 6:08 am

There was a huge cheer in Boris Johnson’s office when it was announced that Jeremy Hunt had 77 votes, sending…

Could the Tory leadership race end early?

8 June 2019 7:22 pm

The Tory leadership is fast becoming Boris Johnson’s to lose, I say in The Sun this morning. He has more…

The race for the Tory leadership is as fractured as it is crowded

8 June 2019 9:00 am

The remarkable thing about the Tory leadership election is how long it has been coming. When Theresa May blew the…

Gove pitches himself as the liberal candidate in the Tory leadership race

6 June 2019 6:12 am

Michael Gove’s positioning in the Tory leadership race became clearer tonight. In conversation with Fraser Nelson at a Spectator event,…

Full-blooded Brexiteers vs cabinet compromisers

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Parties don’t get rid of their leaders unless things are going very badly. But this Tory crisis is different in…

Both main parties are now in crisis

27 May 2019 9:06 am

These results are dire for both main parties. The Tories are fifth and Labour third. But some of the sting…

The grave mistake that has killed Theresa May’s Brexit deal

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The European elections were a gift for Britain’s two new political parties, Change UK and the Brexit party. But only…

What will happen if Theresa May tries to cling on?

23 May 2019 7:49 pm

On Friday, Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee, will go and see Theresa May. It is expected that…

Cometh the hour: Boris Johnson may be the Tories’ best hope

18 May 2019 9:00 am

The worse things are for the Tories, the better for Boris Johnson. If the Tories were ahead in the polls,…