James Forsyth

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

Theresa May interview: ‘no guarantee immigration will be significantly lower after Brexit’

29 March 2017 20:05

Theresa May’s interview with Andrew Neil revealed several significant things about the government’s approach to Brexit. Tellingly, May wouldn’t rule…

Theresa May’s Article 50 letter strikes the right tone

29 March 2017 13:57

Theresa May is trying to play the role of the great conciliator today. She has avoided any hint of triumphalism…

Scottish parliament votes for a second referendum – but Theresa May is unlikely to sway

28 March 2017 17:44

The Scottish Parliament has voted 69-59 for a second Scottish independence referendum. This is no surprise. But it does lend…

How Britain and the EU can both benefit from Article 50

28 March 2017 14:35

Theresa May doesn’t do drama. She regards order as both a political and personal virtue. And this goes a long…

James Brokenshire plays for time in Northern Ireland. Will it work?

27 March 2017 16:52

The Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is playing for time. In a statement made after the 4pm deadline for forming…

How both Britain and the EU might claim victory in the Brexit talks

26 March 2017 9:00

Theresa May doesn’t do drama. She regards order as both a political and personal virtue. And this goes a long…

3 things we should do to help tackle the Islamist terror threat

25 March 2017 10:35

Those charged with keeping Britain safe from Islamist-inspired terrorism have always been clear that it was a question of when,…

The scale of Islamist extremism is a problem for MI5

23 March 2017 12:23

In her statement to the House of Commons, Theresa May said that the man responsible for yesterday’s attack was British-born…

Theresa May tells the country to go about its business normally tomorrow

22 March 2017 22:15

Speaking in Downing Street this evening, Theresa May has urged people to go about their business normally tomorrow. In a…

Thanks to the people who protect it, Parliament is a fortress

22 March 2017 17:39

Today was a reminder of the professionalism and bravery of those who protect the Houses of Parliament. I heard an…

Jeremy Corbyn finally reads the Tory manifesto

22 March 2017 14:25

PMQs this week was a rather more even affair than usual. Since the Budget, the Labour leader’s team have clearly…

How quickly can a reciprocal rights deal be done for UK and EU citizens?

20 March 2017 15:18

The EU has been adamant that there will be no negotiation with the UK without formal notification that Britain is leaving. But…

Numbers 10 & 11 need to find a better way of working together

18 March 2017 10:34

Philip Hammond should be sending George Osborne a case of the finest claret. For Osborne’s decision to accept the editorship…

‘Now is not the time’ – Theresa May plays hardball with Nicola Sturgeon

16 March 2017 14:25

Theresa May has just declared that ‘now is not the time’ for a Scottish independence referendum. Given that no referendum…

Philip Hammond’s NICs U-turn has blown his credibility as Chancellor

15 March 2017 12:14

Philip Hammond’s credibility as Chancellor has just taken a big blow. Under pressure from his own backbenchers, he has abandoned…

How Theresa May can avoid IndyRef2

13 March 2017 14:12

Fraser Nelson is joined by Alex Massie and James Forsyth to discuss IndyRef2: Nicola Sturgeon has thrown down the gauntlet…

The Tory Budget rebellion is growing

11 March 2017 10:34

The Tory rebellion over the tax hike on the self-employed isn’t abating, it is intensifying as I say in The…

Philip Hammond must act fast to avoid a repeat of the pasty tax row

8 March 2017 16:09

The government is in trouble over the National Insurance increase for the self-employed. Journalists are busy pointing out that the…

Why Hammond won’t be pulling rabbits out of hats on Budget day

4 March 2017 10:36

Normally, the Saturday before a Chancellor’s first Budget would be dominated by discussion about their plans for the economy. But,…

Today’s PMQs only really got started when Corbyn sat down

1 March 2017 13:18

The clash between the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister used to be the main event at PMQs.…

Francois Fillon limps on despite ‘fake job’ probe

1 March 2017 12:13

Francois Fillon had previously said he would drop out of the French Presidential race if corruption allegations against him resulted…

Labour haven’t hit rock bottom yet

25 February 2017 10:35

Copeland was a truly awful result for Labour. But as I say in The Sun this morning, the really alarming…

Labour hold Stoke as Ukip and Nuttall fail to breakthrough

24 February 2017 2:21

James Forsyth discusses the by-election results with Fraser Nelson and Isabel Hardman: Labour has avoided total electoral disaster and held…

Polls close in Copeland and Stoke

23 February 2017 23:05

Polls have closed in the Copeland and Stoke by-elections. It is too early to say with any certainty what the…

Corbyn fumbled his NHS attack at today’s PMQs

22 February 2017 13:47

When Ed Miliband was asking the questions at PMQs, we didn’t think we were living through a vintage age of…