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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Researchers at the TUC calculate that a family with two children will receive £6.35 a week less in 2016-17

Two-child families to count the cost of freeze on child benefit, TUC claims

Research says such families will be £2,000 worse off by the next election

The number of Britons confirmed dead is still at 15

Tunisia beach attack: Number of Britons killed feared to be as many as 30

Home Secretary says authorities do not believe UK tourists were singled out

Sir Menzies Campbell

Increase in Lib Dem peers risks sparking a 'crisis' in the House of Lords as rivals complain party is already over-represented

The Lib Dems' numbers in the Lords far exceed the party’s popular support

Amber Rudd was appointed as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in David Cameron's new Cabinet

Andy McSmith's Diary: Amber Rudd appears on 'I-already-know-the-Question Time'

Amber Rudd stepped up to the Dispatch Box to answer questions for the first time in her new capacity as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Down wiv da kidz DC: the Prime Minister speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday

Andy McSmith's Diary: Streetwise Cameron manages – at last – to get down with the kids

The Prime Minister's record on deploying street slang is not a happy one

Sol Campbell speaking on LBC on Tuesday

Andy McSmith's Diary: 'Solo' Campbell begins his campaign with an own goal

Ready he may be, but is he actually a Conservative?

Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn speaking to protesters at the anti-austerity march in London at the weekend. Analysis by a social data intelligence company shows that Corbyn is getting vastly more mentions on social media than the other three candidates combined

Andy McSmith's Diary: Wasn’t Jeremy Corbyn supposed to be the plucky left-wing loser?

The Labour party leader nominee is starting to get more popular than many of his colleagues were hoping

Our elected MPs are more unpopular than ever, so what are the best ways to connect with the public and regain faith in politics?

Parliament restoration: It will be costly, take ages – and be worth it

The proposed restoration of the Parliament building has nothing to do with making life comfortable for MPs

Margaret Thatcher was greatly concerned by a British helicopter crash – but not the ‘Belgrano’

Margaret Thatcher showed no reaction after order to sink Belgrano ship during Falklands War, papers reveal

The extraordinary insight comes from a newly released document in which she set down her own account of the 1982 Falklands War

MPs and peers have been presented with a series of options to renovate the Houses of Parliament

Parliament restoration: Will major renovation work force MPs out?

Badly in need of renovation, the crumbling Palace of Westminster could become a building site for 40 years - unless MPs move out

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