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.
Dennis Skinner: How the Beast of Bolsover won battle of Commons benches with invading Scottish Nationalists
29 May 2015 05:40 PM
It all began when 56 SNP MPs arrived in Westminster intent on making the point that they are now the third biggest party in the Commons
28 May 2015 07:13 PM
Ben Harris-Quinney, a voice of the young, hard right of the Conservatives, has been recorded in Russia sounding off about gay people. He is heard accusing what he calls the “LGBT lobby” of wanting children as young as seven to be given sex lessons that include the “promotion of a homosexual lifestyle”.
27 May 2015 06:48 PM
Something stirs in the memory from a grim day in April 1989 when MPs debated the Hillsborough disaster. It was not one of Parliament’s finest shows. There was too much blaming the victims of that appalling event, but at least the former Sports Minister Denis Howell, spoke up in defence of the Liverpool fans, deploring the way certain officials of Fifa had jumped in to condemn them, including one who asked: “Will the fans never learn?” Who was this numbskull? Howell named him. It was Sepp Blatter.
26 May 2015 07:50 PM
I cannot understand why civil rights organisations object to CCTV in public places. Nothing in Magna Carta nor the European Convention on Human Rights says you have the right to be invisible walking down the street. When my teenage son was robbed and beaten up, we thought the four culprits would be caught when we learnt that they had been seen hanging around underneath a CCTV camera just before the attack – except, unfortunately, Big Brother was not watching: the useless thing was switched off.
21 May 2015 08:15 PM
One of bin Laden's books in particular offers an interesting insight into what Jihadis think of Britain's political landscape
20 May 2015 07:10 PM
John Whittingdale has ventured out of the office in his new guise as Culture Secretary for the first time, showing up at the British Library, which has just received £9.5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to preserve the nation’s sounds. There he listened to a fragile lacquer disc recording of a speech Noel Coward gave in 1947 on the first night of his play Peace in Our Time.
19 May 2015 06:16 PM
The chair of the Public Accounts Committee has decided to quit
17 May 2015 07:20 PM
Re-electing the Speaker will be the only agenda item when Parliament reassembles for the first time since the general election
17 May 2015 07:13 PM
The public discussion about whether he needs a holiday is partly driven by concern over the impending referendum on Britain’s EU membership
17 May 2015 06:57 PM
The leader of the Unite union claimed that Labour’s heavy defeat in the general election was 'a great opportunity for a complete rethink'
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Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
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Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
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