Andy McSmith

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.

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Tobias Ellwood, Minister for the Middle East

Andy McSmith's Diary: Another day, another Tobias Ellwood embarrassment

Does the Foreign Office minister know something we don't about the case of the Saudi blogger Raif Badawi?

Tobias Ellwood, Minister for the Middle East

Andy McSmith's Diary: Minister fails to challenge Saudis over flogging of blogger

Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 public lashes

Conservative MP Louise Mensch has committed 137,000 tweets since she joined Twitter in January 2009

Andy McSmith's Diary: Louise Mensch's Twitter addiction – now up to 280 tweets a day

It's a surprise the former Tory MP has had time to write novels at all

Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper have both received significant donations as part of their leadership campaigns

Andy McSmith's Diary: Paid Labour – how leadership campaigns have cashed in

Andy Burnham has received £36,000 from AgustaWestland chair Graham Cole

Visitors to the opening of the new Parliamentary Education Centre try the interactive displays which will educate school children into the history of the British parliament

Andy McSmith's Diary: Welcome to the House of fun, children

The new Parliamentary Education Centre, in the Palace of Westminster, aims to get children interested in politics

20-year-old Mhairi Black, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South

Andy McSmith's Diary: Durham miners tell Yvette Cooper to go jump in the river

Jeremy Corbyn, as we know, was on stage at the Durham Miners’ Gala at the weekend. The other three leadership candidates were also in town, but did not appear on stage. This was not because they were tongue-tied: it is because the organisers did not want to hear them.

George Galloway has used Facebook to solicit donations for his campaign to become Mayor of London

Andy McSmith's Diary: George Galloway seeks Facebook friends for mayoral bid

Galloway has asked well-wishers to send any amount from £1 to £499

Brian Wilson, founder of the West Highland Free Press

West Highland Free Press: Founder of Scotland's foremost radical newspaper quits over free speech row

The row centred on an article written by a colleague that drew an apocalyptic picture of the impact that mass immigration might have on European civilisation

George Galloway

Andy McSmith's Diary: By George, Galloway's free with his insults

He has no problem reaching for the lawyers when he thinks someone has lied about him, but is none too careful about the insults he hurls at others

Andy McSmith's Diary: Ladies first as the TV political posts open up

Newsnight’s Laura Kuenssberg is well positioned to be the new Political Editor of one channel or the other

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