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 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…

  • Published on 3 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    More sexual harassment allegations in Westminster as two more MPs are accused of inappropriate behaviour – both have denied the claims. The suspended Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins – who had been promoted to the shadow cabinet last year – was accused by a young activist, despite this, he was promoted to the shadow cabinet last…

  • Published on 2 Nov 2017 Sections ,

    Michael Crick discusses how Gavin Williamson’s rise is being viewed and where it leaves the government.  

  • Published on 1 Nov 2017 Sections

    Downing Street has confirmed Sir Michael Fallon has stepped down as Defence Secretary.

  • Published on 1 Nov 2017 Sections

    The pro-Brexit campaign donor Arron Banks has declared there was no Russian funding involved, as the Electoral Commission said it was investigating whether he breached campaign finance rules during the referendum. The watchdog is looking into the source of millions of pounds in loans made to the Leave.EU campaign, chaired by Mr Banks, as well…

  • Published on 27 Oct 2017 Sections , , ,

    Catalonia’s parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain. Downing Street has said the UK will not recognise the declaration.  

  • Published on 25 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    The Labour Party has tonight confirmed to Channel 4 News that newly-suspended MP Jared O’Mara was not interviewed before he became a candidate in the Sheffield Hallam constituency. Mr O’Mara lost the Labour whip today after being accused of verbally abusing a local woman earlier this year and a string of historic sexist and homophobic…

  • Published on 24 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    Two MPs – one Labour, one Conservative – are now vying for the spotlight. Labour’s Jared O’Mara is under investigation by the Labour Party over offensive comments. And Conservative Chris Heaton-Harris is under fire after writing to universities asking for the names of academics who are teaching Brexit.. Critics said his letter had a “whiff…

  • Published on 18 Oct 2017 Sections ,

    MPs have been debating the pros and cons of universal credit all afternoon.

  • Published on 10 Oct 2017 Sections , ,

    Scotland’s First Minister has announced she is to set up a publicly-owned energy company able to sell gas and electricity at low prices. Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement as she wrapped up the SNP annual conference.