Andy McSmith

Andy McSmith is a senior reporter at The Independent. He has vast experience in political journalism and has also appeared on documentaries for BBC Radio 4.

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Salmond told a Scottish television chat show in 2001that he would also sit in front of a mirror and say things like,

Celebrity Trekkies: From Alex Salmond to Barack Obama

He won't be First Minister for much longer but could Alex Salmond – lifelong Trekkie and Starfleet Officer – make a more dramatic exit than expected?
In his thank you speech at the Labour annual conference, Ed Miliband neglected to mention former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Labour Party Conference Diary: The Lord of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath – aka He Who Must Not Be Named

Strange how Prime Ministers are forgotten by the parties they lead

Labour Conference Diary: Ricky Tomlinson, the last Royle to be locked up makes a flying (picket) visit

More than 40 years ago, Tomlinson  was one of 24 building workers arrested in North Wales and charged with various offences including conspiracy

No supporters react to results in the Scottish independence referendum at The Marriott Hotel in Glasgow as ballet papers are counted through the night.

Scottish referendum results: Thank you, thank you, thank you to the No voters – the Union is saved

But it’s Alex Salmond and the Yes campaign who have emerged with more credit

Andy McSmith's Diary: One Lib Dem MP the party can live without

The sigh of relief from the Liberal Democrats’ Great George Street headquarters could almost be heard above the sound of Big Ben. They have a letter of resignation from an MP. Normally, it is a blow to a political party to lose an MP less than a year from a general election, but this is a loss the Liberal Democrats can live with.

Chris McAleese at Bannockburn Polling Station, as voters go to the polls in the Scottish Referendum

Scottish independence: How the battle for Scotland’s future was won – and lost

It all seemed a foregone conclusion until a remarkable poll showed the Yes vote was ahead. Then the referendum campaign kicked off – noisily, sometimes violently, but somehow also gloriously

Andy McSmith's Diary: All-women shortlists now; Cameron advisers next?

A shortlist of four women has been drawn up by the Conservative association in South Cambridgeshire

Andy McSmith's Diary: When ‘stalking’ isn’t really what you would call stalking

'This guy has no sexual inclination towards me. He just wants to destroy me' says Nadine Dorries

Andy McSmith's Diary: There’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever Thatcher

In the week when the UK’s continued existence is in question, some right-wing politicians in Madrid have ceremonially named a square Plaza de Margaret Thatcher, in honour of the Prime Minister who gave Scotland the poll tax.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Bercow’s trying to save a building, not build power

The  Speaker’s defeat has given heart to the Tories that want to oust him

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In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
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