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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Labour MPs are being urged today to rally behind Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing challenger for the party leadership – not to get him elected but to make sure he at least gets the chance to take part in the full-blown election

Labour leadership: John Prescott leads calls to keep left-winger Jeremy Corbyn on ballot

Only three candidates currently have sufficient nominations for the election

Changes to legislation on taking strikes threaten to cripple Unison’s ability to fight an austerity programme

Union leader threatens illegal strikes if Government tightens rules on industrial action

The head of Unison warned of a long conflict against 'hostile' Tories

David Miliband profile: Labour's 'prince across the water' could still be a contender for leadership

The Blairites are looking for a true believer to lead Labour – but will their favourite find the courage to stand?

John Healey

Andy McSmith's Diary: John Healey’s submission fuels Caroline Flint's paranoia

Why did John Healey put his name forward for the Labour deputy leader contest in the first place?

Conservative peer and multimillionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft

Andy McSmith's Diary: Ashcroft makes monumental £100,000 bid for the Edstone

Lord Ashcroft tweeted that if Labour were to auction the eight foot six inch high menhir, he would start the bidding at £100,000

Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham addresses delegates at the annual conference of the GMB union in Dublin

Labour leadership contest: Andy Burnham jeered by union members at hustings

All five potential candidates were on stage at the GMB's annual conference

Outspoken politician George Galloway

Andy McSmith's Diary: 1987 was a 'gorgeous' year for politics – and tabloid gossip

The year marked George Galloway's arrival in Parliament as a Labour MP

Ed Balls, left, and Jack Straw have both been omitted from the peerage list

Andy McSmith's Diary: Ed Balls and Jack Straw off the Labour peerage list

Straw would have been in line before being embarrassed by a sting

David Cameron scraped a majority last month – a feat unlikely to be repeated

The Independent guide to the UK constitution: How is the right to govern conferred?

The unwritten rules that decide who has the right to govern us

The fact remains that, in our liberal democracy, we do believe that citizens have unalienable rights

The Independent Guide to the UK Constitution: What everyone should know about the most explosive political issue of our time

The UK’s democratic liberties are the envy of the world. They are also precarious. We have no written constitution, and the unwritten traditions on which we rely instead are increasingly being called into question. Human rights, the monarchy, Europe, the sovereignty of Parliament, the formation of governments – are there any first principles on which we can agree? On the eve of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Andy McSmith kicks off a week-long series on a subject of vital national importance

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Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy