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.
03 November 2014 07:40 PM
White Dee, who rose to fame through the Channel 4 series Benefits Street, has given Old Etonian Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng a piece of her mind, for allegedly saying that she was “too common” for the House of Commons. She is so cross she may even run against him in Spelthorne next year.
24 October 2014 06:53 PM
The ennoblement of the founder of the controversial MigrationWatch group has been widely condemned
23 October 2014 07:01 PM
The Tory MP Philip Davies has made the news twice this week, once for his confrontation with Jon Snow in the offices of Channel 4, after which he accused the veteran broadcaster of bullying him, and once when he suggested that sex education in schools is causing an increase in teenage pregnancies. On that subject, he challenged others to look at the evidence, something he had notably failed to do. The Office for National Statistics says that teenage pregnancies are at their lowest level since 1969.
22 October 2014 06:52 PM
The best that can be said of Alan Mellins, a Conservative councillor from Maidenhead, is that his behaviour was ignorant. Maidenhead includes a site where Travellers settled five years ago without planning permission, and on Monday a council panel was asked for any suggestion about how to speed up the process of evicting them. “Execute them,” Mellins suggested.
21 October 2014 06:48 PM
A Russian tycoon who is presumed to have paid £28,000 for a portrait of Margaret Thatcher in a fund-raising auction will get his money back – not because there is anything wrong with the portrait, or because he does not want it, but because the Conservative Party should not have let him buy it.
20 October 2014 11:54 AM
Outgoing European Commission president says 'arbitrary cap' on the numbers of EU migrants to the UK would breach the 'fundamental principle' of the free movement of labour
19 October 2014 08:47 PM
'He should be given the opportunity to reintegrate himself into society,' says former PFA chair Clarke Carlisle, 'But that comes with several provisos'
19 October 2014 08:04 PM
David Cameron has painted a scary picture of what life would be like under a Labour government. His words were aimed as much at anyone thinking of voting Ukip as at Labour supporters.
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
19 October 2014 11:54 AM
Britain's influence in Europe would be reduced to 'zero' if it votes to leave, warns EU chief
16 October 2014 07:28 PM
Earl Spencer is the uncle of the prince who is in line to be king – and, therefore, a committed royalist, you might think. Wrong.
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
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