Michael Crick , Political Correspondent

Michael Crick is Political Correspondent for Channel 4 News.

Michael has been an on-screen TV reporter for more than 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 four 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 2014, and again in 2018, he was RTS Specialist Correspondent of the Year. In 2014 he was also chosen as Political Studies Association Journalist of the Year, and in 2018, the Charles Wheeler Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

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, which is due out in the autumn of 2018.

Michael is also a lay governor of Manchester University.

  • 16 May 2018

    The government is bringing the East Coast Main Line back under state control, ending the franchise agreement with Virgin and Stagecoach, saying they’d got their bid wrong. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling denied Labour’s accusations that it amounted to a multi-billion pound bailout, insisting taxpayers “have not lost out”.

  • 14 May 2018

    A succession of backbench MPs went in and out of Downing Street today, as Theresa May attempts to stop her party’s infighting over Brexit. Officials have been explaining the pros and cons of the two customs options that have split the cabinet. There was some consensus, but that was between those opposed to a hard Brexit…

  • 11 May 2018

    The Brexit campaign group Leave.EU has been fined £70,000 for breaching election law during the 2016 EU referendum. The Electoral Commission said the group failed to report “at least” £77,000 in its spending returns, taking it 10 per cent over the limit.

  • 10 May 2018

    The Prime Minister has apologised unreservedly to the Libyan dissident Abdul Hakim Belhaj and his wife for the UK’s involvement in their detention, rendition and torture. Theresa May’s letter of apology, read out in Parliament by the Attorney general, said Mr Belhaj and Fatima Boudchar – who was pregnant at the time of their detention…

  • 4 May 2018

    The one party with not much to celebrate today is Ukip. The Tories appear to have been the main beneficiary of its collapse in many areas, and especially in the West Midlands. Dudley and Walsall, traditional Labour towns, now have as many Tory councillors as Labour ones.

  • 1 May 2018

    All the parties face an awkward test in Thursday’s English local council elections. For Theresa May, it could be a test of how much damage the Windrush scandal has inflicted on the Conservatives. And could Labour’s own row over anti-semitism hold it back in some areas? Then the Lib Dems and Ukip: are they struggling…

  • 27 Apr 2018

    Home Secretary Amber Rudd is facing more pressure over her claim that she didn’t know anything about immigration removal targets, after a leaked internal memo which she was apparently sent in June last year referring to specific targets.

  • 25 Apr 2018

    A senior union leader has attacked Labour critics of Jeremy Corbyn, accusing them of trying to portray the party as a hotbed of anti-Semitism and bullying. MPs singled out by Len McCluskey have hit back, claiming he was undermining Mr Corbyn’s efforts to tackle the issue and smooth over relations with the Jewish community. Party…

  • 24 Apr 2018

    As we’ve seen Britain’s relationship with migration has often been a troubled one. This is how we went from open arms for commonwealth migrants to targets in the tens of thousands and a “hostile environment.”

  • 20 Apr 2018

    The Prime Minister said she had told Commonwealth leaders who’ve been meeting in London that the UK government would do whatever it takes to resolve the problems which some of the Windrush generation had suffered, including compensation where it was appropriate, declaring: “These people are British, they are part of us, they helped to build…

  • 19 Apr 2018

    The leaders of Commonwealth nations are just arriving for a dinner hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Earlier today she welcomed them to the biannual Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting at a time when the Windrush scandal has filled the headlines with news about British citizens refused medical treatment, denied jobs, and falling into depression.…

  • 17 Apr 2018

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been accused by his own MPs of displaying a lack of leadership and moral clarity on anti-semitism inside his party. Labour backbenchers accused Mr Corbyn of not doing more to tackle the problem, and he was urged by MPs to clarify his opposition to anti-semitism in a heated Commons debate.

  • 17 Apr 2018

    Caribbean leaders have discussed the Windrush controversy with Theresa May at Downing Street.

  • 14 Apr 2018

    MPs will be back in Parliament on Monday after their Easter recess – so what kind of reception will Theresa May get?

  • 12 Apr 2018

    Theresa May’s cabinet spent more than two hours this afternoon in a special meeting to discuss military strikes against President Assad’s forces. Ministers are expected to back her plan for the UK to join action threatened by the United States and its allies. But opposition parties have demanded that Parliament be recalled so MPs have…