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.
07 October 2014 06:58 PM
The famous note that the outgoing Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne, left behind as the Labour government packed up in 2010 is not going to be bequeathed to the nation. Byrne assumed that he was handing over to his former Tory shadow, Phil Hammond, whom he knew well enough to write him a jokey memo saying: “Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid that there is no money.”
07 October 2014 12:25 PM
61-year-old councillor will be in the fray on Thursday after Douglas Carswell's defection to Ukip
07 October 2014 07:02 AM
Unlike Conservative or Labour MPs, Lib Dem MPs are all white and always have been (with the notable exception of Parmjit Singh Gill, MP for Leicester South for less than a year in 2004-05). Next year, they could also be all male.
07 October 2014 01:47 AM
A fifth of female MPs, and slightly fewer men, exceed the Department of Health's guidelines for what a safe weekly alcohol intake
05 October 2014 10:50 PM
Trade unionists, wealthy peers, party grandees – the leader is under attack from all sides
05 October 2014 10:42 PM
The new general secretary is a very different character to Bob Crow, but that doesn’t mean any change in strategy, he tells Andy McSmith
05 October 2014 10:14 PM
As the Liberal Democrats meet for what could be their last annual conference as a party of government, it is perhaps a time to remember absent ex-comrades. There is no sign of Lord Oakeshott, Vince Cable’s old chum, who left the party this year after being accused of plotting to oust Nick Clegg.
03 October 2014 06:30 PM
Profile: A charming, low-profile ex-lobbyist, the Tory peer has been ferociously criticised since his appointment to a top EU job
03 October 2014 12:00 AM
Margaret Thatcher accidentally gave permission to two separate rose growers to name flowers after her
30 September 2014 07:25 PM
Generations of political students will be grateful to Ukip for publishing the full texts of all speeches from its recent conference on its website. Every golden word uttered by Nigel Farage, Douglas Carswell, Mark Reckless and the “lesser kipper” frontbenchers is there.
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
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- 2 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 3 Andy Murray takes to Twitter to show off his Christmas jumper
- 4 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 5 Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'