James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.


Boris in the wilderness

His leadership challenge is dwindling while Osborne’s star rises


Nicky Morgan's pitch for the Tory leadership

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan thinks a woman should run to be the next Tory leader

Blair supporters at the 2006 party conference (Photo: Getty)

Will anyone fight, fight and fight again to save what’s left of New Labour?

Five years ago this Saturday, Ed Miliband was crowned Labour leader. Three days later, he had to deliver his first…


Jeremy Corbyn’s victory puts the EU referendum on a knife edge

No one watching Jeremy Corbyn walk around the Palace of Westminster would imagine that he had just won the Labour…


Merkel’s grandstanding on Syrian refugees will lead to many more deaths at sea

By making them more likely to attempt the perilous journey to Europe, the German chancellor is luring would-be migrants to their deaths

Scottish National Party politician Angus Robertson (PA Images)

The SNP surge at Westminster might just accidentally save the Union

There are few quicker ways to annoy an MP than to suggest that they are on holiday when the House…

Potential Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo: Getty)

The Tories can only benefit from the rise and rise of Jeremy Corbyn

It wasn’t meant to work out this way. A month ago, Westminster watched to see if Jeremy Corbyn could get…


George Osborne's real plan: erase every trace of Gordon Brown

To understand George Osborne, it is important to realise that he cut his political teeth at the height of the…

Queen Elizabeth II Visits Berlin

Why won't Cameron seize his chance on the EU?

Few European leaders have been luckier than David Cameron. First he was sent Ed Miliband. Now events in Greece may…

King Abdullah Of Jordan Visits Berlin

Merkel's crisis is Cameron's opportunity

Merkel’s crisis is David Cameron’s opportunity

Yvette Cooper with Ed Miliband (Photo: Getty)

Why Ed Miliband may have lost Labour the next election, too

You wait ages for a Labour leadership contest, then five come along at once. In the past few days, nominations…

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Revealed: David Cameron's rehearsed resignation speech

At 6.30 p.m. on 7 May, the Camerons invited guests at their home in Oxfordshire into the garden for a…

David Cameron Meets With Angela Merkel In Berlin

There’s no date yet for an EU referendum. But the ‘yes’ campaign has started

Forty years ago this week, Britain voted to remain part of the European Community. That remains the only direct vote…

The Prime Minister And Home Secretary Address Immigration

Welcome to the EU rollercoaster, Prime Minister

We have just had a very insular general election campaign, but the mood at Westminster is now determined by news…

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Cameron's small majority means big challenges ahead

In ancient Rome, when a general rode in triumph through the city, a slave would stand behind him whispering into…

Ed Miliband Launches Labour Party Election Manifesto

The two Labour tribes preparing to go to war

A new leader will have to focus on winning, not sniping


The election when first past the post lost

The defence of the Westminster first-past-the-post voting system is that while it’s certainly unfair, it delivers decisive results. A relatively…


The Tories have survived a near-death experience. But they’re not home yet

At 5.45 a.m. Lynton Crosby holds the first meeting of the day at Conservative campaign HQ. The aim is to…

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Attends CND Scotland Scrap Trident Rally

A Scottish revolution is coming, and everyone’s losing their heads

Normally, if a candidate whose party came fourth in a constituency last time tells you they’re going to win, you…

How will voters react to uncertainty? Will they turn to the main parties in the hope of a decisive result or will they be more inclined to vote for a minor party in the belief that they’ll have influence in a hung parliament? Photo: GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images

The election result that everyone expects – and no one wants

To form a coalition, David Cameron had to give up the Prime Ministerial prerogative to determine when the election was…


He’ll never admit it, but David Cameron is already plotting another deal with Nick Clegg

The Prime Minister could never admit it, but he’s dreaming of – and scheming for – another coalition

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A typical coalition Budget – designed to put the Tories back in power

George Osborne usually tells his aides to prepare for each Budget as if it were his last. This time round,…


Wanted: a party leader willing to talk about defence

In the 1984 US presidential election, Ronald Reagan came up with an effective way of embarrassing his rival Walter Mondale…


George Osborne interview: smaller government is not enough

George Osborne on his love affair with Greater Manchester, and his party’s need for ‘a bit of the Heseltine’