James Forsyth

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

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…

If Trump wants to dent Corbyn’s election chances, he should just ignore him

30 November 2019 10:58 pm

If Donald Trump really doesn’t want Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister, he should, I say in the Sun this…

Jeremy Corbyn’s failings are being critically exposed

27 November 2019 11:44 pm

After last night’s interview with Andrew Neil, Jeremy Corbyn desperately needs to change the conversation. He attempted to do that…

Talk of a Tory majority could spell trouble for Boris Johnson

26 November 2019 2:12 am

In their attempt to avoid a repeat of 2017, the Tories have cleared another hurdle. A day on from the…

Tory manifesto will shift the party to a more blue collar conservatism

23 November 2019 6:05 pm

What happened last time means that the Tories are extremely nervous about their manifesto launch tomorrow. As I say in…

Remain’s last stand: the collapse of the anti-Brexit campaign

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Ever since the referendum, the two strongest political forces in Britain have been Leave and Remain. Loyalty to political parties…

Why the Tories will be happier than Labour with tonight’s debate

20 November 2019 9:20 am

Tonight’s leaders debate was a scrappy affair. The format meant that neither leader was able to get going properly and…

The biggest risk that Boris Johnson is taking in this election

16 November 2019 9:44 pm

It will be the biggest moment of the campaign so far. On Tuesday night, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will…

Can Nigel Farage take the Tories to victory?

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Despite the consistent poll lead and projections of a majority of about 40 seats, the Tories are still nervous. They…

The chances of a Tory majority have increased this week

14 November 2019 9:45 pm

Four weeks from now, voters will be heading to their polling station, and the result of this election remains unpredictable.…

Boris Johnson’s election pitch is a flashback to 2015

14 November 2019 4:55 am

Boris Johnson’s speech today was an attempt to set this election up as a choice between a Tory majority government…

Nigel Farage has given Tories the perfect campaign message

12 November 2019 2:33 am

It would obviously have been better for the Tories if Nigel Farage had announced that the Brexit party was standing…

What makes this election so unpredictable

9 November 2019 9:51 pm

Every election campaign has a wobble. But the Tories broke new ground in managing to wobble before they’d even launched…

Boris’s fate will be decided by Lib Dem voters

9 November 2019 9:00 am

The Tories’ great fear in this campaign is that they can get their vote out, squeeze the Brexit party right…

Boris Johnson’s campaign launch will help calm Tory fears

7 November 2019 8:05 am

When you ask those at CCHQ why this election isn’t going to be like 2017, one of the answers they…

Why both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn think they’ll benefit from this TV head to head

2 November 2019 6:09 pm

Normally wrangles about TV debates go on for weeks before one is agreed. Yet, before the election campaign has even…

General election 2019: can Boris Johnson succeed where Theresa May failed?

2 November 2019 9:00 am

This general election isn’t the most important in a generation, it is the most significant in the lifetime of anyone…

Boris Johnson rallies Tory MPs as Commons backs snap election

30 October 2019 8:14 am

The House of Commons has just voted by 438 to 20 for a 12 December election. Given that amendments on extending…