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.
10 February 2015 05:55 PM
Somebody at Conservative HQ blundered in style by giving out too much information when they uploaded the photographs of hundreds of wannabe Tory MPs. The captions under 112 of the pictures categorised the seats they are fighting as ‘non-targets’ – meaning that the Tories plan to put minimal effort into winning them.
09 February 2015 08:56 PM
Gordon Brown had the worst record for showing up at PMQs
09 February 2015 12:51 AM
Their defenders claim that the film partnerships help finance the British film industry, but HMRC have queried whether they are all genuinely trading
09 February 2015 12:00 AM
The MPs warn that racist abuse and violence directed at Jewish people in the UK is twice as common now as in the 1990s
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should be allowed to veto a UK exit of the EU, says Plaid Cymru leader
08 February 2015 09:43 PM
The plan will infuriate right-wing Tories, because there are almost 40 million people in England who would be entitled to vote in a referendum
Andy McSmith's Diary: Culture Secretary rides to defence of posh entertainers like Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and James Blunt
05 February 2015 10:37 PM
Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Blunt and all the entertainers who went to expensive schools have a friend in the Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid.
Letter from the Political Correspondent: Though often hard to believe, our politicians do do more than conduct slanging matches in the House of Commons
05 February 2015 12:00 AM
There is so much more to politics than the unseemly shouting match into which Prime Minister’s Questions often descends. Unfortunately, that is the aspect of parliamentary life that the public sees most often. It conveys the impression that there is no point in entering the alien world of Parliament unless you are armed with exaggerated self-confidence that a private education and early training in university debating societies can give you.
04 February 2015 07:50 PM
A Conservative MP submitted a mileage claim for a 54-mile round trip by car between his west London constituency and Tottenham Hotspur training ground when the actual distance measured on Google Maps was 33 miles.
04 February 2015 06:30 PM
Stephen Phillips has been described as Britain’s highest-paid politician – but he is not, not any more.
03 February 2015 07:51 PM
Anyone who does not believe in life after death should come to Parliament after the general election and see the newly ex-MPs wandering the corridors like lost souls on the banks of the Styx. Those who have not landed seats in the House of Lords are allowed to hold on to their old Commons passes and haunt the place forever.
In defence of liberal democracy
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