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.
12 December 2013 12:00 AM
Convicted fraudster Joyti Waswani is now offering her expertise to other white-collar criminals. But is the role of prison consultant one we really need?
11 December 2013 07:16 PM
The Labour MP Stella Creasy put her head well over the parapet when she challenged David Cameron to say whether he supported the campaign to get The Sun to stop publishing its famous Page 3 feature – a challenge that the Prime Minister dodged.
11 December 2013 12:00 AM
The festive family selfie is the Christmas card of choice for all three party leaders this year, but they each had their own take. There was one clear winner, says Andy McSmith
10 December 2013 08:39 PM
The first gay couples will be able to marry on 29 March 2014, which is also the day that the former Conservative Party chairman, Norman Tebbit, will turn 83.
09 December 2013 09:29 PM
The Tories don’t have a great record on acknowledging his contribution to peace in South Africa
05 December 2013 09:41 PM
More than a year has passed since the UK Border Agency awarded a four-year, £30m contract to a private firm, Capita, to track down immigrants who have overstayed their visas in the UK. Hiring a private firm for a task that is normally the responsibility of the state did not escape criticism. “We are appalled the Government has offered a contract of this size to a private company,” Ruth Grove-White, policy director at the Migrants Rights Network, told The Independent.
05 December 2013 12:00 AM
Experts say that 2020 is the final deadline for deciding whether one of the world’s oldest buildings is to be saved for future generations
04 December 2013 07:37 PM
Slowly, the stigma of mental illness is falling away. Lunacy, as it was then called, used to rank alongside imprisonment and bankruptcy as automatic grounds for disqualifying an MP from remaining in the Commons.
04 December 2013 09:11 AM
It’s the blue-on-blue attacks that really upset David Cameron, when Tory MPs launch a raid against their own government.
02 December 2013 07:26 PM
More than a year after Nadine Dorries appeared on the reality show I’m a Celebrity… she has finally done what MPs are required to do, and filled in the appropriate part of the Register of Members’ Interests. Thus we learn that being humiliated in the jungle is less lucrative than we thought. According to the Register, she was paid £6,960 while she was on the show, plus £13,268 two months later for associated interviews and photo shoots, making £20,228 in all – half what the pundits guessed she had received.
- 1 Nelson Mandela memorial: ‘Bogus’ interpreter made mockery of Barack Obama’s tribute
- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 4 Exeter to Edinburgh and back in a day: How one fresher's lost bet left him facing a 900-mile round trip
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial