Michael Crick

Political Correspondent
Michael Crick is Political Correspondent for Channel 4 News
Michael Crick is Political Correspondent for Channel 4 News

Working for Channel 4 News represents something of a homecoming for Michael, who was a founding member of the Channel 4 News team when the programme launched in 1982.Then, he was Washington correspondent. He joined the BBC in 1990, working first on Panorama and, from 1992, on Newsnight. Michael has won two RTS awards - one for his coverage of the 1988 US election, and one for a special Panorama programme on the life of Jeffrey Archer.

"I have always admired Gary Gibbon's journalism and it's fantastic to be returning to my ITN roots to join him and the rest of the Channel 4 News team," says Michael.

He has written several books - including biographies of Alex Ferguson, Jeffrey Archer and Michael Howard. Richard Nixon famously said that whilst visiting the Oxford Union in 1978, his toughest question came from Michael, then a student.


post 24 October 2014
Our whole relationship with Europe is now at stake

I hate journalistic hype and exaggeration but could the EU's sudden demand for Britain to pay an extra 1.7bn be a possible turning point in our political history?

post 21 October 2014
Judges could overturn a Tory victory in Rochester, lawyers say

Two of Britain's top election lawyers say the primary the Tories are holding to pick their candidate for the Rochester by-election could open the result to a legal challenge.

post 15 October 2014
Does Tory primary in Rochester breach spirit of legal spending limits?

The Conservatives are splashing tens of thousands on a 'primary' in Rochester. Good for democracy, or a wheeze for getting around spending rules?

post 10 October 2014
Ukip's breakthrough night in Clacton

Former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell captures Ukip's first parliamentary seat and marks an extraordinary breakthrough for Nigel Farage and his party.

post 08 October 2014
Why isn't Labour going for Rochester?

By playing it low-key in various by-elections, Labour could be in danger of feeding the Ukip beast, only to find the creature turns round later and bites them too.

video 07 October 2014 UK

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Clacton: about to make political history for Ukip? - video

On Thursday the seaside town of Clacton could make history for UKIP by voting in the party's first elected Westminster MP. Political Correspondent Michael Crick went to dip his toes in the water.

post 02 October 2014
Sun poll suggests Ukip won't get shock result in Heywood and Middleton

The first opinion in the Heywood and Middleton by-election suggests that Labour are comfortably on course to retake the seat.

post 29 September 2014
Boris tries to cheer up Tory conference after Ukip defections

Despite George Osborne's speech, the talk of the Tory party conference is still dominated by defections. Boris Johnson said any Conservatives thinking of joining Ukip's ranks would be "utterly nuts".

post 28 September 2014
Tories hijack Reckless and Farage event in Rochester

It was meant to be Mark Reckless's triumphant return. Only local Tories - angry at what they see as Mark Reckless's deception and treachery - fought back this morning. In numbers, and with great suc

post 26 September 2014
Are Nigel Farage and Ukip divided over air strikes?

Nigel Farage is against UK air strikes in Iraq - but his deputy chair supports them. This illustrates several things about Ukip.

video 23 September 2014 UK, Syria

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Would PM have support for British air strikes? - video

Political Correspondent Michael Crick has been finding out the views of Labour MPs and the public to see if the prime minister has their backing for air strikes against IS.

post 23 September 2014
Could Ukip win a by-election from Labour too?

With possible by-election gains off Labour as well as the Conservatives in October, I am starting to think Ukip could end up with a vote above 10 per cent in the general election.

post 23 September 2014
Prescott compares Blair to medieval Christian crusader

Former deputy premier John Prescott attacks his former boss Tony Blair's business activities and his views on military intervention overseas.

post 22 September 2014
Problems for the 'red rose' party? Out and about in Heywood

Reverberations from the Scottish referendum are still playing out in the traditionally safe Labour seat of Heywood and Middleton, reports Michael Crick.

post 19 September 2014
A year of extraordinary votes

Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage have seized the chance. Both are charismatic, cheeky-chappy personalities and outsider politicians who've brilliantly exploited public disgust with old politics.

video 16 September 2014 UK, Scotland

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#indyref: the word on the street - video

From the Statue of Liberty to lobster catchers - Political Editor Michael Crick heads to the east coast of Scotland to hear how people are planning to vote in Scotland's independence referendum.

post 01 September 2014
New plebgate CCTV corroborates footage broadcast by C4

Scotland Yard today finally published their report into the plebgate affair, providing new information about how the leaks occurred and what happened.

post 22 August 2014
La Trashiata: satirising celebrity culture the Alison Jackson way

When I was back stage and complimented "David Beckham" on his realistic nasal tones, the actor, to my embarrassment, admitted it was his real voice.

post 21 August 2014
How 'nuclear-free' would an independent Scotland really be?

Alex Salmond has privately told the boss of the energy firm EDF not to worry about future of its nuclear power stations, despite SNP pledge to phase them out.