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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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’

Andy McSmith's Diary: Labour’s image problem reaches Rochester

Labour’s last day of campaigning in the Rochester by-election would have gone better if Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South, had not turned to help. Out on the stomp, she was so taken by a house decked in three St George flags, with a white van parked outside, that she took a picture and posted it on Twitter, with the caption “Image from Rochester.”

American-born Boris Johnson railed against the US’s doctrine of ‘global taxation’

American-born Boris Johnson refuses to pay hefty US tax bill

‘They’re trying to hit me with some bill, can you believe it?’ he tells US radio station

Andy McSmith's Diary: Sir Bob Geldof’s strange claim to common cause with plebs

“I came from a poor Irish, not particularly well educated background… I am in fact ‘a pleb’,” Bob Geldof said in evidence in the Old Bailey libel trial on behalf of his friend, former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell.

Andy McSmith's Diary: ‘Conservative’ is a word the Tories dare not use

As the Conservatives struggle to hold Rochester and Strood against the rising wave of Ukip support, they have produced an eight-page newspaper called Kelly Talks, which boasts of an “exclusive” interview with their candidate Kelly Tolhurst. “I have seen the negative impact that uncontrolled immigration can have,” she told the paper. The writer adds that “Kelly raised an eyebrow by telling the Prime Minister that something needs to be done about immigration.”

Nadine Dorries MP for Mid Bedfordshire with her West Highland Terrier, Darcey

Andy McSmith's Diary: I’m an Attention-Seeking Politician...Get Me in There

The contest to be Parliament’s most shameless attention-seeker features many ego-driven males, but fewer women.

Outgoing SNP leader Alex Salmond hopes to stand for another Westminster seat

Alex Salmond departs as Scotland's First Minister - but this ruthless political operator is not going to fade away

After running things north of the border, he could find a new lease of life as major player on the UK national scene

Andy McSmith's Diary: Clarification of Sir John Major’s clarification

Sir John Major’s warning, delivered before the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, that Britain may leave the EU was an interesting contrast with the previous speech he delivered to that institution.

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