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.
26 December 2014 05:27 PM
One school in Brixton had 17 pupils when it opened, but was big enough to accept 120
26 December 2014 04:51 PM
Theresa May overruled proposals from her own officials
19 December 2014 07:11 PM
Young and clear-eyed, she saw the Ward trial for what it was and refused to play her role
18 December 2014 07:42 PM
There were many strange things about the party that David and Samantha Cameron threw at Chequers last week.
Cuba-US relations: How one Caribbean island stood up to Uncle Sam and became the home of radical chic
17 December 2014 08:51 PM
It had a romantic pull, a state ruled by men who still dressed like revolutionaries, and which defied the American behemoth
17 December 2014 06:44 PM
Ed Balls ruffled a few feathers in the Labour Party 11 months ago, when he disclosed that he had had a talk with Nick Clegg, seemingly about the possibility of Labour going into coalition with the Liberal Democrats.
16 December 2014 06:13 PM
If there is one thing a Whitehall civil servant surely needs, it is a desk.
08 December 2014 12:00 AM
The Conservatives are clinging to the hope that they can win an outright majority at next year's general election
04 December 2014 07:18 PM
Witty and flamboyant in his Edwardian suits, under him the Liberals’ fortunes revived
04 December 2014 07:00 PM
This year's offerings tackle sex in high places scandal, career crises and the British Establishment
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
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