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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Andy McSmith's Diary: The candidate Douglas Carswell shoved aside still feels sore

It is hard to judge who is angriest with Douglas Carswell just now – old allies on the Tory Eurosceptic right who feel personally betrayed by his defection to Ukip, or Peter Lord, who until last week thought he was to be Ukip’s candidate in Clacton.

Andy McSmith's Diary: If any other MP had suffered the same fate as George Galloway...

George Galloway has given his first interview since the fracas on a Notting Hill street which left him badly bruised and in need of hospital treatment, and has complained about the muted reaction from other politicians to his misfortunes.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Same game, new name –  ex-NOTW man Ian Edmondson is back

Ian Edmondson, the former News Editor of the News of the World, appears to be feeling better than he was last December.

Gerald Howarth

Tory MP Gerald Howarth says Enoch Powell 'was right' in notorious Rivers of Blood speech

Former defence minister says arrival of so many non-Christians has 'presented a challenge'

Under Lib Dem plans, sex education would start from the age of seven

Sex education for seven-year-olds, pledge Lib Dems

A report by Ofsted last year criticised the quality of sex education in state schools

Carwyn Jones was writing in the Daily Record

Welsh First Minister would fight to prevent currency union

Alex Salmond has been warned that political leaders in Wales would fight to prevent an independent Scotland from entering a currency union with the rest of the UK.

Dominic Grieve

Ministers urged not to rush through heavy-handed anti-terror legislation

The former attorney general has panned Mayor Boris Johnson recent remarks calling for all Britons returning from Syria to be jailed

Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine

Foreign students should be disqualified from government targets cutting immigration

Former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine has warned restricting foreign student numbers could harm UK

Thousands of families will not be packing their buckets and spades this bank holiday because they cannot afford to take their children to the beach

Thousands of families are simply too poor for a trip to the seaside, says Barnardo’s

A day in Bournemouth is reckoned to cost a family from Aylesbury £172

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Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
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