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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Andy McSmith's Diary: The Falklands hero, definitely not bullet-proof, whose citation went awry

The fog is slowly lifting around the story of why one of the most daring soldiers killed in the Falklands War was never decorated.

Lord Ashcroft caused waves last week when he published a poll from Doncaster North which put Labour on 40 per cent and Ukip on 28

Andy McSmith's Diary: Michael Ashcroft’s apology to Ed Miliband delights an old foe

Over a decade ago, when Baldwin was a political journalist, he wrote a series of pieces for The Times about Michael Ashcroft

In Calverton there have been 22 reported cat deaths in four months

Spate of Nottinghamshire cat deaths may be down to deliberate anti-freeze poisoning

22 reported deaths in just four months

Andrew Mitchell outside the High Court in London after losing his libel action against ‘The Sun’

Andrew Mitchell 'Plebgate' trial: The great British libel casino claims a fresh victim

Andrew Mitchell is not the first public figure to face ruin after seeking vindication – and damages – in court

Andy McSmith's Diary: After 80 years adrift, a memorial finally lands for doomed airship

HM Airship R101, the technological wonder of its day, set off from Cardington in Bedfordshire, on 4 October 1930, bound for Karachi on its first international flight, with Lord Thomson, Ramsay MacDonald’s Secretary of State for Air and other eminent passengers on board. Crowds watched it sail gracefully over London, but over northern France, it went into a fatal nose dive. Of the 54 passengers and crew, 46 were killed outright, and two died from their injuries.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Hairless David Cameron’s hoary tribute to hirsute colleagues

Is there something wrong with David Cameron’s face that makes him unable to grow a moustache? It is a question that sprouts on the lips of journalists each November, because this is the month when men make themselves look hideous in a good cause: raising awareness of testicular cancer.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Norman Baker and the strange case of passing the buck with the joint

Norman Baker has been making use of the freedom of Parliament’s backbenches since he resigned his old job as a Home Office minister. Today, the Lib Dem MP took advantage of health questions in the Commons to put the case for legalising the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

It's questionable whether the Home Office is focusing enough of its resources on immigration, the issue which has been Ukip’s biggest selling point

Andy McSmith's Diary: The Tories are braced to fight Ukip – by saying the same thing

A question worth asking is whether the Home Office is focusing enough of its resources on immigration, the issue which has been Ukip’s biggest selling point

Farage in Rochester last night
David Cameron has been snubbed by Bermuda - most important of the UK’s oversea territories

Bermuda refuses David Cameron’s request to lift ‘cloak of secrecy’

Bermuda boasts of being ‘the risk capital of  the world’

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