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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The Every Man Remembered sculpture in London

They also served: seven decades of post-war sacrifice

Newly released documents show that, since 1945, there has been only one year in which no member of the UK’s armed forces has been killed on active service

The tricky business of ousting a Labour leader

History

Michael Farmer made his debut yesterday as a Tory peer

Andy McSmith's Diary: A tale of two Tories and their very different attitudes

Michael Farmer, one of the world’s best known and wealthiest metals traders, made his debut yesterday as a Tory peer, speaking on a topic that is not necessarily the one on which anyone would expect a mega-rich Tory donor to have opinions worth hearing.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker gestures during a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday

Jean-Claude Juncker warns David Cameron he will react strongly to ‘unjustified’ criticisms

"I am a not a man who trembles before prime ministers"

Tony Blair has offered to answer queries in writing

Andy McSmith's Diary: Blair summons up an excuse to avoid Commons appearance

Seven years and four months after Tony Blair departed from the House of Commons, a committee of MPs wants him to put in a re-appearance – but so far, without success. The possibility remains that the former Prime Minister might be ordered to attend.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Nuclear option that made fracking look like 'a walk in the park'

The aftermath of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war – and the consequent hike in world oil prices – was almost all bad, but at least it appears to have closed off a weird idea being touted by UK government scientists to set off nuclear explosions under the sea.

Deirdre Kelly, known as 'White Dee', has given Old Etonian Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng a piece of her mind, for allegedly saying that she was “too common” for the House of Commons

Andy McSmith's Diary: White Dee: I’m not too common for the Commons

White Dee, who rose to fame through the Channel 4 series Benefits Street, has given Old Etonian Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng a piece of her mind, for allegedly saying that she was “too common” for the House of Commons. She is so cross she may even run against him in Spelthorne next year.

Andrew Green: The founder of the controversial MigrationWatch group

Andrew Green: A divisive peer for a divided time

The ennoblement of the founder of the controversial MigrationWatch group has been widely condemned

Andy McSmith's Diary: The face of anti-political correctness gone mad

The Tory MP Philip Davies has made the news twice this week, once for his confrontation with Jon Snow in the offices of Channel 4, after which he accused the veteran broadcaster of bullying him, and once when he suggested that sex education in schools is causing an increase in teenage pregnancies. On that subject, he challenged others to look at the evidence, something he had notably failed to do. The Office for National Statistics says that teenage pregnancies are at their lowest level since 1969.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Exterminating Travellers – not a laughing matter

The best that can be said of Alan Mellins, a Conservative councillor from Maidenhead, is that his behaviour was ignorant. Maidenhead includes a site where Travellers settled five years ago without planning permission, and on Monday a council panel was asked for any suggestion about how to speed up the process of evicting them. “Execute them,” Mellins suggested.

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