Forsythe is the political editor of the conservative magazine The Spectator and a columnist for The Times. He is also a childhood friend of the prime minister. They both went to the best private school, Winchester College, and are godparents to each other’s children. Sunak was reportedly a witness at Forsyth’s wedding to Allegra Stratton, Boris Johnson’s former press secretary, who resigned over last year’s pandemic party scandal after footage of her joking about the events at the residence of the former prime minister.
Forsythe would advise Sunak and act as a liaison between the Prime Minister, the political arm of the government and the Tory party. He will also back Sunak’s Downing Street team as the prime minister seeks to correct the Conservatives’ confidence rating against Labor in opinion polls. This appointment is political and will cost taxpayers nothing. Forsyth will continue to receive a salary from the publications where he works.
Rishi Sunak’s two months in office were marked by his attempts to right the economic chaos created by his predecessor, Liz Truss, and a wave of strikes by industrial workers in Albion.