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.
27 February 2015 07:49 PM
The most notorious spin doctor in UK politics has reinvented himself with remarkable success as a prolific author
24 February 2015 06:40 PM
Sir Malcolm Rifkind is an aloof grandee who never took much trouble making friends or remembering names. Jack Straw has spent 35 years in the Commons being friendly and keeping his enemies to a minimum. Both, it is assumed, have destroyed their chances of being elevated to the House of Lords after the latest lobbying scandal, but Straw can take some comfort from the reactions of other MPs when he made a reappearance in Parliament today. As he was speaking in the Commons, the maverick right-wing Tory, Jacob Rees Mogg, interrupted to pay tribute to Straw’s “amazing chairmanship” of a committee set up to sort out the fractious argument over the appointment of a new Clerk of the Commons. “It was amazing to see so sophisticated and capable an operator steer us through... I hope he doesn’t mind me interrupting him to put that on the record,” said Mogg.
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23 February 2015 08:39 PM
Tory Andrew Rosindell suggested the Labour MP would be unfit to hold a cabinet job if Labour wins in May, because she is heavily pregnant
17 February 2015 12:32 AM
PM wants jobless adults to do community work for benefits
12 February 2015 07:22 PM
Imagine you are a woman no longer in your twenties and so obsessed with the way you look that you cannot resist constantly posting photographs of yourself on social media, preferably with loads of cleavage on show.
11 February 2015 07:40 PM
During a break at the high-level Govern Up conference at Westminster today, which brought together civil servants, politicians and advisers from all of the main political parties, who should be seen standing to one side, engrossed in an intense private conversation, but Ed Miliband’s chief of staff, Tim Livesey, and Johnny Oates, who does the same job for Nick Clegg.
10 February 2015 05:55 PM
Somebody at Conservative HQ blundered in style by giving out too much information when they uploaded the photographs of hundreds of wannabe Tory MPs. The captions under 112 of the pictures categorised the seats they are fighting as ‘non-targets’ – meaning that the Tories plan to put minimal effort into winning them.
09 February 2015 08:56 PM
Gordon Brown had the worst record for showing up at PMQs
09 February 2015 12:51 AM
Their defenders claim that the film partnerships help finance the British film industry, but HMRC have queried whether they are all genuinely trading
09 February 2015 12:00 AM
The MPs warn that racist abuse and violence directed at Jewish people in the UK is twice as common now as in the 1990s
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'
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