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.
18 July 2014 08:31 PM
She’s the youngest female Cabinet member ever. Not bad for an MP whose private life shocked the blue-rinse brigade
17 July 2014 07:17 PM
Helen Goodman, Labour’s shadow media minister, is in trouble again. Last time, it was for not knowing where she was; this time, it was for putting out a sweeping insult of all the women Tory MPs promoted by David Cameron in his latest reshuffle.
16 July 2014 07:40 PM
One of the saving graces of the House of Commons used to be that while MPs might behave badly towards each other, they at least had respect for the office of the Speaker. That took a dive during Michael Martin’s mishandling of the MPs’ expenses crisis, and hit a new low today when John Bercow was openly accused of driving a popular parliamentary officer into early retirement.
15 July 2014 07:58 PM
Lord Hill is best known as the minister who once went into the Prime Minister’s office intending to resign, but spoke so softly that David Cameron did not hear, and so he kept him on. So whether he meant to accept the post of European Commissioner can only be guessed: perhaps he turned it down, sotto voce, and the Prime Minister thought he was saying yes.
14 July 2014 08:03 PM
The surprise winner was the current MP, Mike Hancock, who apologised last month to a vulnerable constituent for inappropriate behaviour
14 July 2014 04:55 PM
Selflessness, integrity, objectivity: our representatives are coming up a bit short
14 July 2014 10:00 AM
Reverend Justin Welby confident of success for women bishops ahead of vote on Monday
13 July 2014 10:40 PM
Those tipped for promotion include the Employment minister Esther McVey, the Education minister Liz Truss, and the Treasury minister Nicky Morgan
Westminster abuse inquiry: 'I found rent boys to entertain top Tory politicians in the 1980s', claims former party activist
13 July 2014 01:45 PM
The chairman of the Stroud Young Conservatives in the early 1980s says he was given money to 'fetch some entertainment'
11 July 2014 06:29 PM
The US is signalling that it is looking for ways to broker an urgent ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, amid growing concern about a possible Israeli ground offensive in the coming days.
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
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