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.
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.
02 February 2015 08:03 PM
Parliament’s senior staff are not altogether pleased with Michael Cockerell, the journalist whose four-part television series on how the place works begins tonight.
29 January 2015 07:06 PM
Tory MP Bill Wiggin is seen demanding that the Speaker order one of the cameramen to move
29 January 2015 06:34 PM
David Cameron has said he will “rule nothing out” – meaning that he just might call for a No vote in a referendum on EU membership if his negotiations in Brussels come to nothing.
28 January 2015 07:04 PM
David Cameron is right on one point: no one seriously doubts that Ed Miliband dropped a comment in the hearing of BBC executives about “weaponising” the NHS. The PM says it was a “disgusting” thing to say.
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
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- 4 Saudi Arabia 'seeking to head United Nations Human Rights Council'
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