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.
18 September 2014 10:00 PM
It all seemed a foregone conclusion until a remarkable poll showed the Yes vote was ahead. Then the referendum campaign kicked off – noisily, sometimes violently, but somehow also gloriously
17 September 2014 07:16 PM
A shortlist of four women has been drawn up by the Conservative association in South Cambridgeshire
16 September 2014 07:54 PM
'This guy has no sexual inclination towards me. He just wants to destroy me' says Nadine Dorries
15 September 2014 08:02 PM
In the week when the UK’s continued existence is in question, some right-wing politicians in Madrid have ceremonially named a square Plaza de Margaret Thatcher, in honour of the Prime Minister who gave Scotland the poll tax.
11 September 2014 06:12 PM
The Speaker’s defeat has given heart to the Tories that want to oust him
10 September 2014 06:45 PM
Rupert Murdoch caused a flurry on Twitter on Wednesday by hinting that the semi-pornographic pictures that have given Page 3 of The Sun its fame might be dropped because they are “old-fashioned”.
09 September 2014 07:01 PM
He ran up a £2,400 bill on sex-chat lines on a council mobile phone
Andy McSmith's Diary: Nick Clegg’s mini-manifesto is bumped off the agenda again - thanks to the royal baby news
08 September 2014 07:56 PM
The announcement was also badly timed for Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC.
05 September 2014 07:12 PM
Commons rebellion means controversial policy is almost certainly doomed
04 September 2014 06:10 PM
A threat to the British way of life filled the front page of today’s Daily Express. “Now kettles face EU ban – Brussels meddlers in another assault on our way of life,” the headline declared.
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more