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.
15 January 2015 08:38 PM
It is no fun being a Conservative in a seat held safely by another party, to judge from a diary posted on the ConservativeHome website by an unnamed writer who gave up a good job to be an unpaid parliamentary candidate.
14 January 2015 07:11 PM
After all the trouble Ukip has had selecting a candidate in Basildon South it has good reason to be pleased with its eventual choice of Ian Luder, a former Lord Mayor of London.
13 January 2015 06:50 PM
One of the most shocking murders to take place on British soil in recent years was the shooting of PC Ian Broadhurst on a street in Leeds on Boxing Day 2003 – not least because of a heart-rending recording in which the badly wounded officer was heard pleading: “No don’t, don’t, please, please no,” before receiving the final bullet in his head.
12 January 2015 08:02 PM
One of the country’s longest serving council leaders, Keith House, a Lib Dem who has led Eastleigh council since 1994, has been through some upheaval in his private life.
12 January 2015 06:11 PM
Register shows former Education Secretary accepted £1,250 tickets to Capital FM’s pre-Christmas ball
12 January 2015 05:25 PM
Who is the expert who called Birmingham 'totally Muslim'?
08 January 2015 06:19 PM
While the world’s eyes were focused on the horror in Paris on Wednesday evening, MPs were engaged in a widely unreported debate on whether it is the Government’s job to protect you from a bad hair-do.
07 January 2015 05:57 PM
It has been a long time since Parliament has heard from Tony Blair but he has now, reluctantly, agreed to revisit the building.
06 January 2015 07:28 PM
It was no surprise today that Mark Pritchard should call for men accused of rape to be protected by anonymity. His fellow Tory MP Nigel Evans made the same call – that the law protects the anonymity of the accuser but not the accused – after his highly publicised trial for rape which ended in the Deputy Speaker’s acquittal.
05 January 2015 07:48 PM
The BBC presenter and comic who once confessed to being a former drug user, lives close to Galloway’s old constituency
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