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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Boris Johnson, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and Andrew Marr appearing on BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show

Ed Miliband vs Boris Johnson on the Andrew Marr Show sketch: Roll up, roll up – it's the Ed and Boris verbal jousting show

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

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.

Andy McSmith's Election Diary: Tories editing Wikipedia? It's happened before

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.

Andy McSmith's Election Diary: Lord Ashdown turns the airwaves blue

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.

The TV debates have propelled Natalie Bennett into the public eye as never before

Andy McSmith's Election Diary: Ms Bennett’s gentleman suitor

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?

Lord Janner was chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust and campaigned for justice for the victims of Nazism

Greville Janner: How MPs rallied to defence of Labour peer 'unfairly put through hell by a wicked slur'

Colleagues dismissed allegations when they first emerged but some of his staff saw a darker side

Andy McSmith's Election Diary: Why politicians need to be shielded from the voting public

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.

Beyonce, Boris Johnson, Putin, Nigel Farage, Russell Brand and Andy Murray all get the Spitting Image treatment from Newzoids

Newzoids, TV review: A forgettable start - but it was the same for Spitting Image

The sketches need to be very short and very sharp as puppets are not intrinsically funny

Behind every great woman: the Clintons – Chelsea, Bill and Hillary – at a rally in New York

If Hillary Clinton enters the White House, just what will they call Bill?

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

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