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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The tickets Michael Gove accepted had a combined value of £1,250

Jingle bells: When classic-loving Michael Gove embraced popular culture

Register shows former Education Secretary accepted £1,250 tickets to Capital FM’s pre-Christmas ball

Birmingham is a 'totally Muslim' place where 'non-Muslims just simply don’t go', a self-proclaimed terrorism expert told the US Fox News channel, sparking a tidal wave of mockery

Not the first time: Chastened Fox News pundit Steven Emerson has been wrong before

Who is the expert who called Birmingham 'totally Muslim'?

Andy McSmith's Diary: As Paris panics, MPs have a bad hair day

While the world’s eyes were focused on the horror in Paris on Wednesday evening, MPs were engaged in a widely unreported debate on whether it is the Government’s job to protect you from a bad hair-do.

Andy McSmith's Diary: With MPs threatening to get heavy, Tony Blair comes quietly

It has been a long time since Parliament has heard from Tony Blair but he has now, reluctantly, agreed to revisit the building.

Andy McSmith's Diary: MP named and shamed because of Coalition U-turn

It was no surprise today that Mark Pritchard should call for men accused of rape to be protected by anonymity. His fellow Tory MP Nigel Evans made the same call – that the law protects the anonymity of the accuser but not the accused – after his highly publicised trial for rape which ended in the Deputy Speaker’s acquittal.

The BBC presenter and comic, Graham Norton, lives close to George Galloway’s old constituency of Bow and Poplar

Andy McSmith's Diary: Pity the pauper George Galloway locking horns with Graham Norton

The BBC presenter and comic who once confessed to being a former drug user, lives close to Galloway’s old constituency

Moura Budberg returned to the Soviet Union seven times between 1959 and her death, aged 82, in 1974

Was Nick Clegg's great aunt a Soviet agent?

The colourful love life and suspected treachery of a Russian countess exiled in London after the Bolshevik revolution kept the security services occupied for years. But what was the truth about Moura Budberg?

Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond: My Part in His Downfall by Alan Cochrane, book review: Crude, cruel and fun

Cochrane's diaries are a lively, amusing read

IPPR's chief economist, Tony Dolphin, has urged the Bank of England not to follow its custom of raising rates as the economy expands

Interest rates 'must be kept low to prevent deflation' in 2015, warns leading economist

IPPR's chief economist has urged the Bank of England not to follow its custom of raising rates as the economy expands

Tory transport minister Claire Perry has drawn ridicule for 'toasting the success' of the railways when thousands of passengers faced hours of delay in the bitter cold

Minister 'chuffed' with success of Britain's railways, despite delays

There were scenes of chaos at King's Cross on Saturday when trains were cancelled because maintenance work was not finished on time

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