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.
20 August 2014 07:29 PM
Rupert the Young Conservative is not in line to be remembered as one of the great undercover operators of the age. He tried to infiltrate a Labour Party event, posing as a party activist, but overlooked some of the basics of successful spying – such as having a convincing back story and remembering his cover name.
18 August 2014 05:58 PM
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are unable to get professional help learning English because of government cuts, according to a study of census data and course registrations.
30 July 2014 04:01 PM
Wells candidate and local branch chairman stand down over concerns about party's reputation
29 July 2014 05:00 PM
The so-called 'Wicked Widow' left nearly £770,000
29 July 2014 11:55 AM
Figures published show that the Labour Party had an income of £33,336,000
28 July 2014 12:09 AM
Government draws up guidelines for energy companies wanting to frack in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, World Heritage sites and National Parks
28 July 2014 12:08 AM
Women’s groups say the 'Community Resolution' procedure was never intended to be used for domestic violence
World Cup 2018: MPs join Nick Clegg call for Russia to be axed as hosts over shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
27 July 2014 07:53 PM
Douglas Alexander, the shadow Foreign Secretary, urges world football’s authority, Fifa, to begin contingency planning
'Politics should not be an ugly person's showbiz contest', says Ed Miliband as he announces plans for public Prime Minister's questions
27 July 2014 11:18 AM
Labour leader told Andrew Marr that if he becomes Prime Minister he will hold regular sessions where he takes questions from members of the public
24 July 2014 07:17 PM
Did you know that Ukip has something called a “front bench”? Well, it has – and over the past two days, Nigel Farage has been conducting what his people grandly call a “reshuffle” to overcome the idea he runs the whole show single-handedly, and to give the party a more modern finish.
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 1 I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jungle security stepped up after murder and 'suspicious death' near to camp
- 2 Black Friday 2014: Opening times for Asda, John Lewis, PC World, GAME and Argos
- 3 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 4 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 5 Jeremy Hunt: 'I took my children to A&E because I didn't want to wait for GP appointment'