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: An anonymous Tory candidate may have discovered where the Nasty Party went

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.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Some parties do have 'em... the travails of Ukip hopefuls

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.

Andy McSmith's Diary: The price of justice? £277,600, to the tax payer

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.

Andy McSmith's Diary: House not in order

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.

The tickets Michael Gove accepted had a combined value of £1,250

Jingle bells: When classic-loving Michael Gove embraced popular culture

Register shows former Education Secretary accepted £1,250 tickets to Capital FM’s pre-Christmas ball

Birmingham is a 'totally Muslim' place where 'non-Muslims just simply don’t go', a self-proclaimed terrorism expert told the US Fox News channel, sparking a tidal wave of mockery

Not the first time: Chastened Fox News pundit Steven Emerson has been wrong before

Who is the expert who called Birmingham 'totally Muslim'?

Andy McSmith's Diary: As Paris panics, MPs have a bad hair day

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.

Andy McSmith's Diary: With MPs threatening to get heavy, Tony Blair comes quietly

It has been a long time since Parliament has heard from Tony Blair but he has now, reluctantly, agreed to revisit the building.

Andy McSmith's Diary: MP named and shamed because of Coalition U-turn

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.

The BBC presenter and comic, Graham Norton, lives close to George Galloway’s old constituency of Bow and Poplar

Andy McSmith's Diary: Pity the pauper George Galloway locking horns with Graham Norton

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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