James Forsyth

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

Le crunch: are the Brexit talks doomed before they begin?

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Two irreconcilable versions of Brexit are about to collide

Trade talks between the UK and the EU are heading for a blow-up

22 February 2020 9:01 pm

‘The reality is the talks will blow up shortly’. As I say in the Sun this morning, this is the…

The Brexit reshuffle: Every great office of state is now held by a Leaver

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

One of the Tories’ tactical successes has been to push Brexit down the news agenda. But even if it no…

The big Brexit challenge still facing the Tories

21 February 2020 2:55 am

Since the election, Brexit has fallen down the news agenda. But getting this country ready for the end of the…

Boris wants a 2024 election – and wants to start his building boom now

15 February 2020 9:00 am

‘The clock is ticking.’ It is surely only a matter of time before Michel Barnier returns to his notorious catchphrase…

Boris wants a 2024 election – and wants to start his building boom now

14 February 2020 7:53 am

‘The clock is ticking.’ It is surely only a matter of time before Michel Barnier returns to his notorious catchphrase…

Boris has tightened his iron grip on government

14 February 2020 4:59 am

This is the LDC reshuffle: loyalty, discipline and competence. Number 10 wants to ensure this government is all singing from the same…

Terror is the toughest issue facing the Tories

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

A prisoner is released early and just days later attacks people. It then emerges that he was known to still…

The UK has left the EU

1 February 2020 10:36 am

In practical terms, little has changed tonight. Businesses and citizens here will not feel any real difference in the coming…

What will the Tories fight about now?

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Now that Britain is out of the European Union, it will be very hard to go back in. In the…

Boris risks backbench rebellion if he doesn’t get Huawei right

29 January 2020 11:33 pm

Tory MPs are not happy with the Huawei decision. Normally loyal MPs are expressing their bafflement at the announcement. As…

Labour must change if it is to win

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

In the past 40 years, only two leaders of the opposition have gone on to become prime minister: Tony Blair…

Why the cabinet reshuffle might not be so radical after all

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Prime ministers are never more powerful than just before a cabinet reshuffle. Ministers fall over themselves to be helpful, hoping…

Revealed: Boris’s blueprint for Brexit

11 January 2020 9:00 am

For the first time since the referendum, the United Kingdom has a strong government that knows what it wants from…

How the Tories plan to hold together their new electoral coalition once ‘Brexit is done’ and Corbyn gone

21 December 2019 9:34 pm

The thumping majority by which both the second reading and the programme motion for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill passed yesterday,…

Boris’s Britain: How the PM intends to deliver for his new friends in the North

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The era of uncertainty has ended. Boris Johnson’s decisive victory has not only broken the Brexit deadlock created by Theresa…

The three components of Boris’s plan for government

18 December 2019 9:33 pm

The two most significant consequences of this election are that the United Kingdom is leaving the EU and the Tories…

The Tories know they must deliver for their new voters

14 December 2019 11:01 pm

‘If Darlington high street isn’t visibly better in four years’ time, we’ll be in trouble’, one of Boris Johnson’s confidants…

Changing the script: the shifting character of our political parties

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Elections should be carnivals of democracy. The campaign we have just been through, though, has felt more like amateur dramatics.…

This exit poll is a triumph for Boris Johnson

13 December 2019 9:16 am

The exit poll is predicting a Tory landslide, a majority of 86 seats. The United Kingdom will leave the EU…

Given the stakes, it’s no surprise this election has gone down to the wire

12 December 2019 3:27 am

Polling stations open in 15 hours time and this is an election where no one is certain what the result…

The three things that would have to happen to block a Tory majority

9 December 2019 11:38 pm

In 72 hours time, voting will be well underway. We will be talking about turnout being ‘brisk’. Right now, the…

There are only two likely outcomes to this election

7 December 2019 9:38 pm

There are, as I say in the Sun this morning, two possible outcomes to this election: a Tory majority or…

The Tories are right to be nervous

7 December 2019 9:00 am

Despite their consistent poll lead, the Tories are anxious. There is only a week to go and in many seats…

Trump flies home as Tories breathe a sigh of relief

5 December 2019 5:37 am

Donald Trump is on his way back to the US, and—as Katy says —they’ll be breathing a large sigh of…