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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In 2011 Lord Hanningfield was found guilty of six charges of false accounting in relation to his expenses as a parliamentary peer

Andy McSmith's Diary: No expense spared for the returning Lord Hanningfield

As long as he is careful, he can carry on claiming his £300 a day

Owen Paterson has urged the Prime Minister to back down before the vote in the Commons, which could result in one of the biggest Tory revolts since John Major’s government was torn apart by a row over Europe 20 years ago

Cabinet backing Tory revolt on EU referendum, claims former minister Owen Paterson

Tuesday's vote could result in one of the biggest Tory revolts in 20 years

Thousands of working-class people are being denied jobs at top firms, as they effectively need to pass a 'poshness test' to join elite employers, according to the official body set up by the Government to promote social mobility

'Poshness test' is the new glass ceiling: Working-class denied top jobs as firms prefer 'well-travelled candidates with the right accent'

Executives found to judge recruits on how they speak, rather than ability

Labour MPs are being urged today to rally behind Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing challenger for the party leadership – not to get him elected but to make sure he at least gets the chance to take part in the full-blown election

Labour leadership: John Prescott leads calls to keep left-winger Jeremy Corbyn on ballot

Only three candidates currently have sufficient nominations for the election

Changes to legislation on taking strikes threaten to cripple Unison’s ability to fight an austerity programme

Union leader threatens illegal strikes if Government tightens rules on industrial action

The head of Unison warned of a long conflict against 'hostile' Tories

David Miliband profile: Labour's 'prince across the water' could still be a contender for leadership

The Blairites are looking for a true believer to lead Labour – but will their favourite find the courage to stand?

John Healey

Andy McSmith's Diary: John Healey’s submission fuels Caroline Flint's paranoia

Why did John Healey put his name forward for the Labour deputy leader contest in the first place?

Conservative peer and multimillionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft

Andy McSmith's Diary: Ashcroft makes monumental £100,000 bid for the Edstone

Lord Ashcroft tweeted that if Labour were to auction the eight foot six inch high menhir, he would start the bidding at £100,000

Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham addresses delegates at the annual conference of the GMB union in Dublin

Labour leadership contest: Andy Burnham jeered by union members at hustings

All five potential candidates were on stage at the GMB's annual conference

Outspoken politician George Galloway

Andy McSmith's Diary: 1987 was a 'gorgeous' year for politics – and tabloid gossip

The year marked George Galloway's arrival in Parliament as a Labour MP

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