James Forsyth

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

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,…

Can May and Corbyn find a Brexit compromise?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Can Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn reach a satisfactory compromise on Brexit? The two leaders’ positions are not, in fact,…

Will Nigel Farage’s Brexit party sink the Tories?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Something’s been missing from Westminster these past few days. Normally, in an election week, there is a buzz about the…

How the Tories can turn their dire election results around

4 May 2019 2:46 am

The local election results are dire for both the Tories and Labour. The Tories have lost over a thousand seats—and…

The Brexit impasse proves we need political reform

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Any hopes that the parliamentary recess would help resolve the great Brexit impasse have been dashed. MPs have returned from…

Will May continue to avoid naming a date for her departure?

25 April 2019 3:20 am

The executive of the 1922 Committee have decided not to change its rules which prevent another vote of no confidence…

Brexit failure will cost the Tories – whoever their leader is

20 April 2019 9:00 am

One of the oddities of this parliament has been that, despite everything, the government has remained ahead in the polls…

Which way will Corbyn go on Brexit?

13 April 2019 7:37 pm

In September, Labour conference will impose on Jeremy Corbyn a policy of backing a second referendum in all circumstances. So,…

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A general election is now Brexit’s last best chance

13 April 2019 9:00 am

It’s been even more humiliating second time round. The United Kingdom has again been reduced to asking the European Union…

Theresa May’s Brexit strategy is brewing trouble within her party

10 April 2019 2:50 am

The Commons has voted by 420 to 110 to approve Theresa May’s decision to ask for an extension to the…

Are both May and Corbyn prepared to risk splitting their parties?

6 April 2019 8:47 pm

The irony of the stalemate in the cross-party Brexit talks is that Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are not that…

If there’s no deal, there’s no Brexit

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Iraq, the financial crisis, the expenses scandal — all of these undermined trust in politicians. They created an impression of…

After May: the battle for the soul of the Tories is now on

30 March 2019 9:00 am

The most effective political insult of modern times was delivered by Norman Lamont in 1993, when he declared that John…

Boris backs May’s deal – who is next?

28 March 2019 6:28 am

Theresa May’s pledge to go before the second stage of the Brexit negotiation if her deal passes, is already reaping…

Those involved in the cross-party talks have praised Oliver Letwin for the way he is managing them. Picture: Getty

Are we heading for a softer Brexit?

26 March 2019 10:44 am

With Oliver Letwin’s amendment passing, MPs will seize control of the order paper on Wednesday afternoon to hold indicative votes.…

Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has humiliated Britain

23 March 2019 9:00 am

The government has lost the ability to run the country. It is no longer in charge of its own destiny,…

May says little new in statement as she again attacks MPs for failing to make a decision

21 March 2019 8:17 am

Theresa May’s statement tonight wasn’t particularly dramatic. She had no new policies to announce or arguments to make. Rather, she…

Meltdown: three years on and we are no closer to a Brexit resolution

16 March 2019 9:00 am

Almost three years have passed since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and yet we are still no closer…