James Forsyth

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


Cameron says that the Commons will debate Syria strikes on Wednesday

30 November 2015 20:30

David Cameron has just said that the Commons will debate extending air strikes against Islamic State to Syria on Wednesday.…


Feldman’s defenders weigh in

30 November 2015 12:57

Friends of Andrew Feldman have launched a vigorous defence of the party chairman ahead of this afternoon’s board meeting. A…

U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Presents The Autumn Statement

The EU renegotiation is now the biggest obstacle to Osborne making it to Number 10

28 November 2015 10:22

At the start of this week, everyone was wondering how George Osborne was going to get out of trouble on…

Bombing Raqqa may make the West feel better, but it isn's stopping Isil's advance

Cameron insists the UK must attack IS in Syria, but only with a ‘clear majority’ in the House

26 November 2015 11:47

David Cameron came to the Commons today to make the case for the UK extending its bombing campaign against Islamic…

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne leaves the Treasury for the House of Commons to deliver the his Autumn statement, on November 25, 2015 in London, England.

Why the tax credit cuts had to go

25 November 2015 19:51

In the peroration of his statement today, George Osborne declared that the Tories were ‘the mainstream representatives of the working…


Defence review: Cameron takes Corbyn to task over national security

23 November 2015 17:09

David Cameron’s initial statement to the Commons on the Strategic Defence and Security Review was a rather high-minded affair. Cameron…

David Cameron Meets Spanish President Mariano Rajoy

Cameron to make his case for war to the Commons next week

21 November 2015 13:33

David Cameron will set out his case for air strikes against IS in Syria to the Commons late next week.…

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Western weakness presents Putin with an opportunity in Syria

20 November 2015 17:54

The West has failed in its principal, post 9/11 objective: to deny terrorists sanctuary. Islamic State is a terrorist enclave…

Lords At State Opening of Parliament, UK

Lords votes to give 16 and 17 year-olds the vote in the EU referendum

18 November 2015 19:24

The House of Lords has tonight voted to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the EU referendum.…

Armed police in Paris. Getty.

PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn’s views on security are only harming Labour

18 November 2015 14:08

One moment from PMQs today will stick in the mind for a long time. After Corbyn had asked his last…

Conservative Party Conference Held In Birmingham - Day 3

Theresa May: the Paris attacks ‘have nothing to do with Islam’

16 November 2015 16:50

On a day when Jeremy Corbyn has been making clear his concerns about both the government’s use of drones and…

islamic state

Our policy towards Islamic State makes no sense

6 November 2015 13:24

If Islamic State is a threat to Britain that requires a military response, then surely we should be attacking it…

Lords At State Opening of Parliament, UK

How will the government respond to this peer pressure?

30 October 2015 12:38

Monday’s night defeats for the government over tax credits in the House of Lords put into lights a problem that…


Non-EU countries don’t want Britain to join their club

29 October 2015 13:27

When you talk to representatives from friendly, non-EU countries about Britain’s referendum, two things strike you. First of all, nearly…


David Cameron’s ‘milk and honey’ intervention on the EU could be a mistake

28 October 2015 16:32

David Cameron’s decision to wade into the EU debate by dismissing the Norway option and warning that there is no…

Lords At State Opening of Parliament, UK

Government defeated twice in the Lords on tax credits

26 October 2015 20:16

The government was defeated twice in the Lords tonight on tax credits, with the motions put down by Baroness Meacher…

Thatcher and Gorbachev  in 1984 (Getty).

The lunch that began the end of the Cold War

22 October 2015 15:35

It is one of the great counterfactuals of contemporary history, what if Mikhail Gorbachev had walked out of that Chequers…

Theresa May delivers her keynote speech to delegates during the Conservative Party Conference on October 6, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Top Theresa May aide going to work for the Out campaign

21 October 2015 14:30

Theresa May’s senior special adviser Stephen Parkinson is leaving government to go and work for Vote Leave, the EU referendum…

Cameron leaves for PMQs (Getty).

PMQs: Corbyn fails to sustain the pressure on Cameron

21 October 2015 13:24

PMQs was a rather ill-tempered affair today. With tax credits and steel closures dominating proceedings, the two sets of benches…

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Lord Warner resigns the Labour whip

19 October 2015 22:05

Lord Warner has resigned the Labour whip in protest at the direction in which Jeremy Corbyn is taking the party,…

Angela Merkel, David Cameron and Francois Hollande meet during a European Union (EU) summit dominated by the migration crisis at the European Council in Brussels, on October 15, 2015.

David Cameron’s EU renegotiations appear to be underwhelming his own MPs

19 October 2015 16:31

David Cameron has just delivered a statement to the House of Commons on last week’s European Council meeting. Cameron stressed…


The Tory party is now at ease with Margaret Thatcher

16 October 2015 13:51

Last night, George Osborne interviewed Charles Moore to mark the publication of the second volume of Charles’s magisterial biography of…

DC in Brussels

When will the EU referendum be?

15 October 2015 13:07

David Cameron is in Brussels today with the European Commission not hiding its irritation at the slow pace of the…


PMQs: Angus Robertson has become the Prime Minister’s stress ball

14 October 2015 13:38

Jeremy Corbyn’s second outing at PMQs was better than his first. Rather than having all six questions determined by the…

Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

Labour MPs tear strips off each other at party meeting

12 October 2015 21:59

Whenever the Parliamentary Labour Party meets, journalists gather outside the room in the hope that those leaving the meeting will…