Michael Crick , Political Correspondent

Michael Crick is Political Correspondent for Channel 4 News.

Michael has been an on-screen TV reporter for almost a third of a century. He is the only founding member of the Channel 4 News team from 1982 (when he was 24) who is still working on the programme - though there was a 21-year gap when he worked for a lesser-known British broadcaster.

In his first spell on Channel 4 News he ended up as Washington Correspondent (1988-90). He says his move back here in 2011 was the best he ever made. "I've never enjoyed my work as much as I do now. Gary Gibbon is a superb Political Editor, the best in the business. We have very different styles as journalists, and I think that helps."

Michael has won three RTS awards - the first, in 1989, was for his coverage for Channel 4 News of the 1988 US election; the second, in 2002, was for a BBC Panorama programme on Jeffrey Archer. Then in 2013 he was RTS Specialist Correspondent of the Year. In 2014 he was also chosen as Political Studies Association Journalist of the Year.

He has written several books - including biographies of Alex Ferguson, Jeffrey Archer and Michael Heseltine. He is now writing a biography of the legendary political scientist and psephologist David Butler.

Michael is also a lay governor of Manchester University.

  • Published on 17 Jan 2018 Sections ,

    The grassroots movement Momentum has dominated the national Labour party for two years, fanning the flames of adoration for Jeremy Corbyn and, just this week, winning a majority of the seats on the party’s national executive committee. But despite their successes at the highest levels of the party, is Momentum losing momentum outside Westminster?

  • Published on 10 Jan 2018

    Labour has accused the government of letting the companies that run the east coast mainline off the hook after their deal to run its trains was ended early. The Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald told the Commons that Stagecoach and Virgin had been “bailed out” and “rewarded for failure”. But is it as simple as…

  • Published on 21 Dec 2017 Sections ,

    Theresa May has repeated her concerns about police conduct after sacking her first secretary of state Damian Green for making “misleading statements” about the discovery of pornography on his Commons computer. The Prime Minister said she expected a proper investigation into claims that information was leaked by a former senior officer. Mr Green has continued…

  • Published on 20 Dec 2017 Sections ,

    The government has managed to avoid another bruising defeat over its flagship Brexit bill tonight by backing down over amendments designed to appease Tory backbench rebels. At Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May said there could be a delay in the Brexit date in “exceptional circumstances”. Mrs May later faced more detailed questions on Brexit from…

  • Published on 19 Dec 2017

    There have been developments today regarding the re-election earlier this year of Len McCluskey as general secretary of Unite, Britain’s biggest union.

  • Published on 7 Dec 2017 Sections

    The Queen was in Portsmouth today for an official ceremony marking the hand over to the Royal Navy of the most expensive vessel in its history.

  • Published on 1 Dec 2017 Sections ,

    The First Secretary of State, Damian Green, has denied that he “watched or downloaded” any pornographic images after a former police officer claimed thousands of images, all legal, were found on a computer used by Mr Green in 2008. Mr Green’s allies have accused the retired detective of a vendetta, while Scotland Yard has launched…

  • Published on 30 Nov 2017 Sections , ,

    President Trump’s now infamous re-tweet of inflammatory posts from a British far-right group have been roundly condemned by politicians of all shades. His actions were called offensive, some have called for him to be charged with inciting racial hatred and for a proposed state visit to the UK to be cancelled. The controversy completely overshadowed…

  • Published on 20 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    The elections watchdog has opened an investigation into the Vote Leave campaign’s spending during the Brexit referendum, and into substantial donations which Vote Leave made to two other pro-Brexit campaign groups. The Electoral Commission said new information had come to light since it last reviewed spending limits earlier this year.  

  • Published on 17 Nov 2017 Sections

    European leaders meeting in Gothenburg have ratcheted up the pressure on Theresa May, by threatening to block trade negotiations at next month’s European Council summit. The Council President Donald Tusk warned that there needs to be “much more progress” towards an agreement on a Brexit divorce bill before any talks. And the Irish Taoiseach Leo…

  • Published on 15 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    Nineteen months after the British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Tehran, her husband has managed to meet the Foreign Secretary for the first time. Richard Ratcliffe said his talks with Boris Johnson had been “positive and constructive”, but revealed that his wife’s mental state had suffered since Mr Johnson wrongly suggested that she had…

  • Published on 10 Nov 2017 Sections

    So there’s now an exact time and date for the UK’s exit from the EU.  And the Prime Minister says she won’t “tolerate” any attempt to block it. But Lord Kerr, the former diplomat who helped draft Article 50, says the withdrawal process is not irreversible. In Brussels, where the sixth round of talks have been taking place, the EU’s chief…

  • Published on 9 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    The Prime Minister may have solved one problem by promoting Penny Mordaunt to replace Priti Patel as International Development Secretary. But the criticism of her foreign secretary Boris Johnson has continued. On Tuesday Mr Johnson suggested Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is in prison in Iran, was “training journalists”. Her family say she was there on holiday. Overnight…

  • Published on 8 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    The political future of the International Development Secretary Priti Patel had been, literally, up in the air all day as she flew back from her trip to Africa. By the end of the day, she had handed in her resignation. Michael Crick with the latest.  

  • Published on 7 Nov 2017 Sections

    Labour has demanded that Theresa May sack two of her cabinet ministers for serious foreign policy mistakes. They say Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made a mistaken claim about a British-Iranian woman that has given the Iranian government an excuse to increase her jail sentence in Tehran.  And International Development Secretary Priti Patel has admitted holding…