James Forsyth is a British political aide and former political journalist. After serving as political editor of The Spectator magazine since 2009, he was appointed Political Secretary to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom by Rishi Sunak in December 2022.
Forsyth attended Winchester College and Jesus College, Cambridge.
Forsyth joined Foreign Policy magazine as assistant editor before launching Coffee House, The Spectator's political blog, in 2007. He was appointed deputy editor, online, of The Spectator in 2008 and political editor in 2009.
He is also a weekly columnist for The Times on a Friday, previously writing for The Sun on Saturdays and previously the Mail on Sunday.
He is an advisory board member of the ResPublica think tank in Westminster.
On 24 December 2022, Forsyth was hired by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as his political secretary.