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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David Cameron was forced to defend the Conservatives’ latest proposal to cut tax on inherited wealth

General Election 2015: Tax breaks on inherited wealth ‘will mainly benefit well-off Southerners’

More than 90 per cent of estates are already exempt, because of an allowance of £325,000 per individual, or £650,000 for a married couple, already in force

Dolatulo jumps over a fence during the Grand National

Does the Green Party really want to scrap the Grand National?

Greens leader Natalie Bennett also spoke about a 60p tax rate for high earners

George Osborne refuses to answer how Tories will fund £8bn NHS pledge 15 times in excruciating interview on The Andrew Marr Show

The Conservatives claim NHS spending has risen under coalition rule

Andy McSmith's Election Diary: The truth about a Tory-SNP pact

A document has been unearthed that proves that the SNP secretly approached the Tories to do a deal after the general election. No matter what Nicola Sturgeon may say, they were anticipating if not hoping for a Conservative victory. The price they demanded for co-operation was a free vote on devolution.

Andy McSmith's Election Diary: Gaffes are killing the radio star

To soften the blow for Michael Gove when he was moved out of his job as Education Secretary into the non-Cabinet role of Chief Whip, Downing Street spun that he would be the “Minister for the Today programme”.

Former prime minister Tony Blair speaks during a visit to the Hitachi factory in his former constituency in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, 7 April 2015

Andy McSmith's Diary: Tony Blair is back.. and so are the libelous statements

There was no MP in the outgoing Parliament more litigious than George Galloway - so unrestrained in hurling libels at Tony Blair

Naz Shah said she is inspired by the 'dreams of my mother'

Andy McSmith's diary: Tories jumping to Labour's rescue?

Two conservatives have called for an end to the personal attacks against Labour candidate Naz Shah

Diane James, right, dismissed suggestions that the party would be fatally damaged if Nigel Farage, left, stood down as leader

General Election 2015: Ukip claim to have another leader waiting in the wings

Diane James dismissed suggestions that the party would be fatally damaged if Mr Farage stood down as leader

A blue plaque marks the home on Regent’s Park Road where political philosopher Friedrich Engels had lived

Does the 'bossy, condescending Hampstead socialist' still exist?

Andy McSmith tours the London district demonised by the PM – and finds the locals bemused by his attack

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk