Donald Macintyre

Donald Macintyre writes political sketches for The Independent, having been Jerusalem correspondent since 2004, covering Israel and the Occupied Territories, as well as travelling for the paper to Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Libya and Egypt.

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Liz Kendall played a key role in the introduction of the smoking ban

Liz Kendall: Is Labour's smart, articulate rising star the heir to Tony Blair?

Kendall has suddenly emerged as her party's best hope

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: With flashes of mischief, Blairite Liz Kendall slayed Labour’s sacred cows

She needed to show she was serious, as well as likeable

Theresa May and Steve White arrive at the Police Federation’s conference

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Theresa May's Alien-like struggle with the Police Federation

The conference was quite a show, with Channel Four’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy moonlighting as starry compère and a scary movie within a scary movie

Alex Salmond making his oath at the swearing-in of MPs in the new Parliament

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: New MPs start with sit-in and swearing

On day two of the new Parliament they came, they queued, they swore

As part of parliamentary tradition, John Bercow is dragged to the Speaker’s chair by MPs on Monday

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: First day in House of Commons marked by a jostle for seats and deference to a Speaker the Tories couldn’t budge

Stuff was badly needed to rescue the whole thing from becoming that toe-curlingly inauthentic enormity known as 'the House of Commons at its best'

Boris Johnson arriving at No. 10

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Partying on with the Tory faithful and the SNP’s 56

Boris turned up for the ritual love-in that was Tory 1922 committee meeting

The speech that the PM could not have believed he would utter during his ruthless campaign for another term

David Cameron stands up to make a victory speech he never thought he would utter

Life proved more dramatic than art, but everyone kept their composure

David Cameron speaks with local farmers during a campaign visit near Brecon in Wales

General Election 2015: 'We want to say to our children - our generation did the right thing,' says David Cameron

In his final election essay, Donald Macintyre sees the Prime Minister get passionate with the people of Carlisle

Fans take a selfie with Ed Miliband in Kempston, near Bedford, on Tuesday

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey – from hapless geek to heart-throb

In his latest essay on the party leaders, Donald Macintyre is impressed by the assurance of a man who was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset

Ukip leader Nigel Farage at the Northwood Club in Ramsgate, Kent on St George’s Day

General Election 2015: Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind as he casts a line to the disaffected of Grimsby

The Ukip leader delivered his big election speech in the port town of Grimsby

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