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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Deirdre Kelly, known as 'White Dee', 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

Andy McSmith's Diary: White Dee: I’m not too common for the Commons

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.

Andrew Green: The founder of the controversial MigrationWatch group

Andrew Green: A divisive peer for a divided time

The ennoblement of the founder of the controversial MigrationWatch group has been widely condemned

Andy McSmith's Diary: The face of anti-political correctness gone mad

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.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Exterminating Travellers – not a laughing matter

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.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Tories’ Russian roulette with canvassed donations

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.

Jose Manuel Barroso said the UK does not have a 'huge problem' with immigration

Jose Manuel Barroso warns David Cameron against making 'historic mistake' over immigration reforms

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

Ched Evans: Footballer players’ union advising forward on 'how to rebuild a semblance of a career'

'He should be given the opportunity to reintegrate himself into society,' says former PFA chair Clarke Carlisle, 'But that comes with several provisos'

David Cameron has painted a scary picture of what life would be like under a Labour government

What life would be like under a Labour government - according to David Cameron

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.

Jose Manuel Barroso said there was 'no possibility' of the UK reducing immigration

Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal

Britain's influence in Europe would be reduced to 'zero' if it votes to leave, warns EU chief

Andy McSmith's Diary: Earl Spencer takes on the divine right of kings

Earl Spencer is the uncle of the prince who is in line to be king – and, therefore, a committed royalist, you might think. Wrong.

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