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.
30 September 2014 07:25 PM
Generations of political students will be grateful to Ukip for publishing the full texts of all speeches from its recent conference on its website. Every golden word uttered by Nigel Farage, Douglas Carswell, Mark Reckless and the “lesser kipper” frontbenchers is there.
Boris Johnson talks to bricks and raises Conservative Party conference spirits: 'We'll eat Ukip for breakfast'
30 September 2014 02:15 PM
His speech showed once again that even if Johnson is not the deepest thinker in modern politics, he is surely the one who tells the best jokes
29 September 2014 05:22 PM
Conservatives may be giving up on Clacton, but are fighting to hold on to Rochester and Strood
Conservative Conference: The threatened defection to Ukip that lifted Tory hearts - by White Dee from Benefits Street (who votes Labour)
29 September 2014 12:06 PM
Nigel Farage’s latest potential recruit is Deirdre Kelly
29 September 2014 11:02 AM
What the ‘real’ Prime Minister felt, only he can tell
28 September 2014 07:41 PM
'He owes Mark Reckless a crate of champagne,' says one conference veteran. 'Normally this story would run for days'
25 September 2014 06:53 PM
Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper group, News UK, has been reaching out to the Labour Party. During the conference that’s just ended, it sponsored a marquee immediately outside the conference hall, where politicians and hacks could mingle amid the smell of good coffee. It also hosted a party to which every Labour MP was invited. Some accepted, some did not reply, but a tiny few – possibly only two – wrote back saying they refused on principle to accept hospitality from the company at the centre of the hacking scandal. One refusenik was Chris Bryant.
25 September 2014 11:27 AM
Ukip leader strolls around golf course making series of bad jokes in the video
24 September 2014 08:30 PM
Calling Chuka Umunna “Chumbawamba” was not a friendly act. On the face of it, Lord Prescott was making a self-deprecating remark about the difficulty of pronouncing an unfamiliar name when he told the comic Matt Forde, on the Labour conference fringe, “I keep making a mistake of calling him Chumbawamba so I get into all sorts of bloody trouble.”
Andy McSmith's Labour Conference Diary: Ed Miliband co-opts Gareth, Xiomara, Josephine (and a few others)
23 September 2014 09:34 PM
Politicians love to flavour their big speeches with tales of how they met and spoke to actual members of the public – but even by contemporary standards, Ed Miliband’s conference speech was unusually well stocked with cameo appearances by what they call “real people.”
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