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.
04 December 2014 07:18 PM
Witty and flamboyant in his Edwardian suits, under him the Liberals’ fortunes revived
04 December 2014 07:00 PM
This year's offerings tackle sex in high places scandal, career crises and the British Establishment
04 December 2014 06:33 PM
If you walk along Greek Street in London on Monday night, you will hear a hubbub coming from the Gay Hussar, a Hungarian restaurant. Every table will be filled with people apparently celebrating, though frankly they have not much reason to celebrate. The Gay Hussar in Soho has been famous for years as the watering hole where left-wing politicians gathered to plot, and journalists came to earwig.
03 December 2014 07:08 PM
The Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski had a struggle making himself heard at Prime Minister’s Questions today because he was the next to be called after David Cameron had accused the shadow Chancellor Ed Balls of “political masosadism”. It was a slip of the tongue that had MPs rocking with laughter. No one present had ever heard the expression “masosadism” before, but apparently it exists, and applies to those who derive pleasure from pain but also occasionally like to dish it out too.
02 December 2014 07:38 PM
The fog is slowly lifting around the story of why one of the most daring soldiers killed in the Falklands War was never decorated.
01 December 2014 08:19 PM
Over a decade ago, when Baldwin was a political journalist, he wrote a series of pieces for The Times about Michael Ashcroft
01 December 2014 06:46 PM
22 reported deaths in just four months
28 November 2014 06:45 PM
Andrew Mitchell is not the first public figure to face ruin after seeking vindication – and damages – in court
27 November 2014 06:31 PM
HM Airship R101, the technological wonder of its day, set off from Cardington in Bedfordshire, on 4 October 1930, bound for Karachi on its first international flight, with Lord Thomson, Ramsay MacDonald’s Secretary of State for Air and other eminent passengers on board. Crowds watched it sail gracefully over London, but over northern France, it went into a fatal nose dive. Of the 54 passengers and crew, 46 were killed outright, and two died from their injuries.
26 November 2014 07:22 PM
Is there something wrong with David Cameron’s face that makes him unable to grow a moustache? It is a question that sprouts on the lips of journalists each November, because this is the month when men make themselves look hideous in a good cause: raising awareness of testicular cancer.
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Russia's roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine 'leaked from Vladimir Putin's office'
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