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.
Ed Miliband vs Boris Johnson on the Andrew Marr Show sketch: Roll up, roll up – it's the Ed and Boris verbal jousting show
26 April 2015 07:08 PM
London’s Mayor is by general acclaim the wittiest performer in modern politics - Miliband is the one who cannot eat a bacon sandwich
Andy McSmith's Election Diary: How the Tower Hamlets corruption scandal goes far beyond just Lutfur Rahman
23 April 2015 05:39 PM
Lutfur Rahman was not the only one to come out badly from Judge Richard Mawrey’s report into intimidation and corruption in Tower Hamlets. There was a section on how Labour’s National Executive Committee dealt with “an astonishing catalogue of very serious allegations” handed to them in September 2010 by Helal Abbas, who had come a poor third, behind Rahman and John Biggs, in the contest to be selected as Labour’s mayoral candidate.
22 April 2015 06:54 PM
We do not know the identity of ‘Contributsx’, who has been altering the Wikipedia entries on Grant Shapps and other politicians, but the story evokes memories of an occasion when someone at Conservative Central Office was caught bang to rights doctoring Wikipedia.
21 April 2015 09:08 PM
Nick Clegg’s friend Lord Ashdown set what is possibly a record for British political commentary yesterday when he used the word “bastards” seven times in a four-minute television interview. The bastards he had in mind are right-wing Tories who want to get Britain out of the EU.
20 April 2015 07:18 PM
The time has long passed when the spouse or partner of a well-known politician could hope to stay out of the public eye. The debates have propelled the Greens’ leader Natalie Bennett into the public eye as never before. Does this make her partner, Jim Jepps, fair game?
Greville Janner: How MPs rallied to defence of Labour peer 'unfairly put through hell by a wicked slur'
16 April 2015 08:40 PM
Colleagues dismissed allegations when they first emerged but some of his staff saw a darker side
16 April 2015 06:45 PM
Greville Janner, who has escaped prosecution for sexual offences, was a rare example of a hereditary Labour MP. With a general election looming in May 1970 Barnet Janner, 77 year old MP for Leicester North West, assured his local party that he had no intention of retiring. On the strength of that assurance they went ahead and printed hundreds of items of campaign literature urging people to ‘Vote Janner.’ Two days later, he announced he was retiring after all. His 51 year old son then stepped forward, offering to take Dad’s place and save the party the expense of pulping all those new leaflets. It took just ten days to complete the adoption, and in June Greville filled the Commons seat that had been in the family since the war.
15 April 2015 10:13 PM
The sketches need to be very short and very sharp as puppets are not intrinsically funny
Andy McSmith's Election Diary: Cheer up Nick, a dodgy mic isn't going to be the Lib Dems' worst memory this year
15 April 2015 06:46 PM
Steve Hilton is focusing on conservation...
14 April 2015 07:32 PM
When Australia was governed by a woman for the first time, they called Julia Gillard’s partner the First Bloke, but that is not very American
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history
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- 2 Fifa corruption: Europe plots to stage an 'alternative World Cup' in place of Russia 2018
- 3 How much sex should I be having?
- 4 Jaden Smith wears gender fluid dress to high school prom with Hunger Games actress
- 5 Betting company 'refuse to pay' after student wins £1,000 from 50p bet on Roger Federer