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James Forsyth is the new Political Editor of The Spectator

Forsyth_jamesFraser Nelson became Editor of The Spectator just a month ago and has today appointed James Forsyth to fill his old shoes of Political Editor. I look forward to raising a glass of champagne wine to James at tonight's Spectator Party Conference party.

Coffee House is the best blog in British politics and James, more than anyone else, is responsible for its huge success.

It's a great appointment by Fraser.  James and I run a Hawks' Supper together and he is a great believer in the possibility of a Conservative realignment if David Cameron successfully combines fiscal, Eurosceptic and compassionate conservatism.  I look forward to this hawk using one of the highest perches in political journalism to survey today's exciting landscape.

James's appointment is also a vindication for ConHome readers who voted him their 'One to Watch' last March.  The next one to watch is Pete Hoskin, also of The Spectator family.  I don't know what Matt d'Ancona put in the water but a great crop of talent emerged under his editorship.

Many congratulations James.

Tim Montgomerie


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