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.
04 March 2015 07:13 PM
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.
03 March 2015 07:12 PM
“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.
02 March 2015 09:56 PM
The House of Lords Expulsion Bill is backed by the Government, the Lords, and all the political parties, but not by the quartet
02 March 2015 12:06 AM
The maximum price of homes sold under the scheme will be £250,000 outside London, and £450,000 in the capital
02 March 2015 12:00 AM
The commonest cause was suicide, with 54 of the 65 deaths being classed as 'self-inflicted'
27 February 2015 07:49 PM
The most notorious spin doctor in UK politics has reinvented himself with remarkable success as a prolific author
24 February 2015 06:40 PM
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.
Andy McSmith's Diary: Motherhood proved no obstacle to the Iron Lady - so why should it for Rachel Reeves
23 February 2015 08:39 PM
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
17 February 2015 12:32 AM
PM wants jobless adults to do community work for benefits
12 February 2015 07:22 PM
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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