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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Visits The UK

From coalition to chaos – get ready for the age of indecision

13 December 2014

A recent email from Samantha Cameron started an intriguing debate in the Prime Minister’s social circle. It was an invitation to a Christmas party at Chequers and word quickly spread… Read more

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Interview: Alex Salmond’s game plan for the Commons

13 December 2014

Alex Salmond is losing his voice but that’s not going to stop him from talking — I doubt that anything would, or could. I meet him in the Savoy, after… Read more

Chancellor George Osborne Meets Women Leading The Economy

The very model of a political Chancellor

6 December 2014

Autumn Statements lack the drama and traditions of the Budget. Gladstone never delivered one, there is no Autumn Statement box and no possibility of a dram of whisky as the… Read more

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The technology giants are breathtakingly irresponsible about terrorism

29 November 2014

The arrogance and intransigence of some of the technology companies in the fight against terrorism has become extraordinary. We learned this week that one of Fusilier Lee Rigby’s murderers, Michael… Read more

Keynote Speech By New Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland's political earthquake – and what it will do to Westminster

22 November 2014

‘She sold out the Hydro arena faster than Kylie Minogue,’ said one awestruck unionist of Nicola Sturgeon this week. Scotland’s new first minister has come into office on a tide… Read more

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It’s not just Ed Miliband. Labour’s on the wrong side of history

15 November 2014

Ed Miliband is the least of Labour’s problems. Its troubles go far deeper than any individual. They are structural and, potentially, fatal. It is certainly easier for Labour MPs, and… Read more

Ed Miliband Faces A Fight To Save Its Scottish MPs

How Ed Miliband lost his winning hand

8 November 2014

Ed Miliband’s internal critics used to complain that he had a 35 per cent strategy. They claimed that his unambitious plan was to eke out a technical victory by adding… Read more

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Ukip’s Patrick O’Flynn on the ‘genius’ Nigel Farage and why Douglas Carswell’s votes won’t set party policy

8 November 2014

Interviews with Ukip bigwigs used to happen in pubs. But times are changing. When I meet Patrick O’Flynn — the party’s economics spokesman, and until recently chief spin doctor —… Read more

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Scotland needs Jim Murphy (even if he doesn’t want to go back there)

1 November 2014

There should, by rights, have been a stampede of candidates to replace Johann Lamont as the leader of the Scottish Labour party. With the new powers promised to Holyrood, the… Read more

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It’s not just Ukip that’s changing Cameron’s mind about immigration

25 October 2014

It is easy to mock David Cameron on immigration. Under pressure from the public and from Ukip, he’s having to hot-foot it to a tougher position on the free movement… Read more

Douglas Carswell UKIPs First MP Enters Parliament

Ukip is here to stay – especially if Labour wins

18 October 2014

British politics is rather like one of those playground games of football where one match is being played lengthways and another sideways. The two regularly get tangled up, making it… Read more

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Liberal Democrat Party Conference

The Lib Dems' dirty secret: they want to stay with the Tories

11 October 2014

The last Liberal Democrat conference before the general election has been dominated by denunciations of the ‘nasty’ Tories. Lib Dems claim they are shocked to find George Osborne proposing a… Read more

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Get ready for an election where everyone loses (except maybe the Lib Dems)

4 October 2014

Two things have been puzzling Tory high-ups in Birmingham this week: does Nigel Farage have another defector in his back pocket, and why is the Tory party in such a… Read more

The Conservative Party Annual Conference Starts

Cameron must reunite the Tories or lose the next election

27 September 2014

No one goes to Birmingham to revive a marriage. But that is what David Cameron and the Conservative party must do next week at conference. They must find a way… Read more

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Michael Fallon: after Iraq, we need to think about bombing Syria.

27 September 2014

The Ministry of Defence is like a sauna on Sunday. The air circulation system has been switched off and the place is hot — and deserted. Yet when you reach… Read more

John Prescott and Alistair Darling Join The Scottish Labour Battle Bus

'There's no one left to tell the truth': how Scottish unionism lost the plot

13 September 2014

This is really happening. The Scots could vote to end the greatest, most successful union in human history next week. Westminster has, at last, woken up to this threat and… Read more

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Why many Tory MPs think they'll lose – and some want to 

6 September 2014

The general election is now Ed Miliband’s to lose. This is not a controversial statement: the polls say it, the bookmakers say it and in the last week several of… Read more

Prime Minister David Cameron Spends A Holiday In Cornwall With His Family

Why this could be David Cameron's last summer in politics

2 August 2014

At this time of year, whenever you see a British politician looking particularly busy, you can take it as a sign that they are about to go off on holiday.… Read more

Downing Street Prepares For Cabinet Reshuffle

Parliament's next crisis: a dangerous shortage of middle-aged men

26 July 2014

The House of Commons is off for the summer. But few MPs and ministers expect to make it through to September without the House being recalled because of the grim… Read more

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Gove, gone

19 July 2014

‘There’s no shame in a cabinet to win the next election,’ declared an exasperated senior No. 10 figure on Tuesday night. This week’s reshuffle was not one for the purists:… Read more

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg First Speech After European Elections

Angela Merkel is losing patience with David Cameron again. This time, it's a good sign

12 July 2014

In recent weeks British government visitors to Berlin have been confronted with a persistent question: when will David Cameron make up his mind about who he’ll send to Brussels? Picking… Read more

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Without Scotland, England will be a weedy laughing stock

5 July 2014

On 19 September, people over all Britain could wake up in a diminished country, one that doesn’t bestride the world stage but hobbles instead. If Scotland votes to leave the… Read more

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang In The UK For First Official Visit

George Osborne's been playing politics since he was 12. Now, finally, he's winning

28 June 2014

George Osborne’s first taste of political leadership came aged 12. At his prep school, Colet Court, he took charge of a party for school election in 1983. The Chancellor’s chosen… Read more

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How the Westminster hawk became an endangered species

21 June 2014

There is a slight whiff of the summer of 1914 to Westminster at the moment. The garden party season is in full swing and the chatter is all about who… Read more

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The English question (and why David Cameron really doesn't want anyone to ask it)

14 June 2014

Before David Cameron heads off for his summer holiday, he’ll be presented with a first draft of the Tory manifesto by Jo Johnson, Boris’s younger brother and a cautious, well-organised… Read more