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.
13 July 2014 10:40 PM
Those tipped for promotion include the Employment minister Esther McVey, the Education minister Liz Truss, and the Treasury minister Nicky Morgan
Westminster abuse inquiry: 'I found rent boys to entertain top Tory politicians in the 1980s', claims former party activist
13 July 2014 01:45 PM
The chairman of the Stroud Young Conservatives in the early 1980s says he was given money to 'fetch some entertainment'
11 July 2014 06:29 PM
The US is signalling that it is looking for ways to broker an urgent ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, amid growing concern about a possible Israeli ground offensive in the coming days.
10 July 2014 07:34 PM
If Boris Johnson wants a Commons seat not far from his London home, the ideal berth is now available. John Randall, the bird-loving MP for Uxbridge, owner of the finest beard on the Tory benches, has announced that he is quitting Parliament at the next election.
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
09 July 2014 08:00 AM
As claims multiply of decades-old establishment cover-up of child abuse, Andy McSmith considers what really went on in political circles in the 1980s
08 July 2014 07:29 PM
Damian McBride, the former Labour spin doctor sometimes referred to as McPoison, was thought to have gained an inner calm while working for the Catholic charity Cafod, a job he recently left ahead of the appearance of a paperback version of his annoyingly readable memoirs. Today, though, he blew a fuse. What set him off was the news that Labour’s deputy leader, Harriet Harman, was implicitly accusing McBride’s old boss, Gordon Brown, of sexism.
The Mitrokhin archive: KGB defector's copied files reveal Soviet dismay at ‘constantly drunk’ Guy Burgess
06 July 2014 07:09 PM
Soviet defector’s newly opened collection names KGB spies – but one remains a secret
03 July 2014 07:44 PM
Sex, drugs and how to assert their rights at school... advice to children in a 1960s book caused global outrage. Now it’s to be reissued with the ‘naughty’ bits back in, says Andy McSmith
03 July 2014 07:44 PM
You have to feel some sympathy for Chuka Umunna. Normally so calm and so sharp, he is being talked up as one of the Labour shadow cabinet’s star performers – and then he goes and mangles a word one day, and everyone is laughing at him.
02 July 2014 07:30 PM
How strange to see the name of Paul Staines, otherwise known as the blogger Guido Fawkes, on the guest list among the billionaires, oligarchs and Cabinet ministers at the Tories’ fund raising summer party, obtained by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism. The Leveson Inquiry was warned against such fraternisation during one its hearings, three years ago. “Senior politicians, editors and proprietors mix freely, all too easily,” their witness said.
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
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