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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Andy McSmith's Diary: Want to be a non-dom for tax? Just ask your dad

One of the more extraordinary revelations thrown up by the HSBC scandal is that a rich man who counts as non-domiciled under our tax system, and is therefore exempt from paying tax on money earned outside the UK, can hand this status down to his British-born children.

Andy McSmith's Diary: A law to stop more tenants burning to death is held up by Tories

“There is robust legislation in place to ensure that landlords, freeholders and others who exercise a degree of control over the management or maintenance of a building take action to remove the risk of fire,” the Local Government Minister Stephen Williams claimed yesterday, as MPs debated the story of 23-year-old Sophie Rosser, who died after running into a burning building to rescue her boyfriend, who was asleep.

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Andy McSmith's Diary: MPs who talk fearful drivel and fight pointless battles

The House of Lords Expulsion Bill is backed by the Government, the Lords, and all the political parties, but not by the quartet

In a speech today, the Prime Minister is expected to declare that “our goal is a Britain where everyone who works hard can have a home of their own”

Conservatives would limit cost of 200,000 starter homes

The maximum price of homes sold under the scheme will be £250,000 outside London, and £450,000 in the capital

The report, Stolen and Missed Opportunities accuses the authorities of not learning the lessons from earlier deaths in prison

Sixty five young adults and teenagers have died in prison in last four years, report finds

The commonest cause was suicide, with 54 of the 65 deaths being classed as 'self-inflicted'

It was only when he left his post Tony Blair's director of communications that Alastair Campbell has published books

Alastair Campbell: Fighting his demons every book of the way

The most notorious spin doctor in UK politics has reinvented himself with remarkable success as a prolific author

Andy McSmith's Diary: Sting in the tail for Jack Straw, a bridge too far for Malcolm Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind is an aloof grandee who never took much trouble making friends or remembering names. Jack Straw has spent 35 years in the Commons being friendly and keeping his enemies to a minimum. Both, it is assumed, have destroyed their chances of being elevated to the House of Lords after the latest lobbying scandal, but Straw can take some comfort from the reactions of other MPs when he made a reappearance in Parliament today. As he was speaking in the Commons, the maverick right-wing Tory, Jacob Rees Mogg, interrupted to pay tribute to Straw’s “amazing chairmanship” of a committee set up to sort out the fractious argument over the appointment of a new Clerk of the Commons. “It was amazing to see so sophisticated and capable an operator steer us through... I hope he doesn’t mind me interrupting him to put that on the record,” said Mogg.

Rachel Reeves, shadow work and pensions minister

Andy McSmith's Diary: Motherhood proved no obstacle to the Iron Lady - so why should it for Rachel Reeves

Tory Andrew Rosindell suggested the Labour MP would be unfit to hold a cabinet job if Labour wins in May, because she is heavily pregnant

David Cameron has already committed the next Conservative government to abolishing the Jobseekers’ Allowance for 18- to 21-year-olds, and replacing it with a ‘youth allowance’

David Cameron wants jobless young adults to do charity work in return for benefits

PM wants jobless adults to do community work for benefits

Andy McSmith's Diary: Say what you like about her, but Harriet Harman wouldn't say this

Imagine you are a woman no longer in your twenties and so obsessed with the way you look that you cannot resist constantly posting photographs of yourself on social media, preferably with loads of cleavage on show.

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