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.

  • 17 Jul 2018

    Vote Leave, which was the official Brexit campaign backed by Michael Gove and Boris Johnson, has been fined and referred to the police for breaking the law.

  • 10 Jul 2018

    He served in Churchill’s government and held many major offices of state, famously resigning as foreign secretary over the Falklands invasion. Former prime ministers have led the tributes to Lord Carrington, who’s died at the age of 99. Sir John Major said he felt “immensely privileged” to have known him, while David Cameron described his…

  • 10 Jul 2018

    Theresa May has been hit by more resignations over her Brexit plan, just hours after appealing for Tory unity at the first meeting of her new-look cabinet. Ben Bradley and Maria Caulfield stepped down as vice chairs of the Conservative Party, one calling the plan as “the worst of all worlds”. The PM didn’t get…

  • 4 Jul 2018

    Months ago, Channel 4 News and the Observer broadcast the extraordinary claims of a whistleblower, who claimed Vote Leave broke the law on spending on the 2016 Brexit referendum. Those claims reignited an Electoral Commission investigation into the actions of the official Leave campaign. Today, in a pre-emptive strike, the Leave campaign leaked parts of…

  • 3 Jul 2018

    Britain’s biggest union, Unite, said it was “open to the possibility” of a second EU referendum, pledging to mobilise against the final deal which the government is due to agree later this month. Activists approved an executive statement at the union’s policy conference in Brighton, saying it was “highly unlikely” that the final Brexit deal…

  • 26 Jun 2018

    It’s no secret that Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson agrees with MPs on the Defence Select Committee, who today called for far more to be spent on the armed forces. Right now the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, is on her feet – strongly disagreeing with him in a central London speech.

  • 22 Jun 2018

    It’s not an idle threat, it’s the dawning reality of Brexit, says Airbus. The government insists it isn’t expecting a no-deal scenario, but the official negotiating position is still that no deal better than a bad deal. And Airbus believes that would be so terrible it might have to leave the country, and with it…

  • 21 Jun 2018

    Government ministers went out of their way today to reassure EU citizens in the UK that dealing with a new settlement scheme, allowing them to stay on after Brexit, will not be difficult. Announcing the details, Home Secretary Sajid Javid said “we will be looking to grant applications, not for reasons to refuse”. But if…

  • 12 Jun 2018

    Now to another Brexit-related event: the appearance of the businessman who bankrolled the Leave. EU campaign in front of MPs who are probing fake news and the misuse of data during the referendum campaign. The day began with Arron Banks being confronted by a pro-Remain campaigner who accused him of telling porkie pies. But it…

  • 10 Jun 2018

    Political correspondent Michael Crick on the latest on Arron Banks.

  • 7 Jun 2018

    Now in next week’s by-election in the London borough of Lewisham East – Labour will be defending a majority of 21,000. But Janet Daby’s selection as the Labour candidate came as a surprise to many in the party – she’s a strong Remainer whose views on Brexit aren’t completely in line with those of Jeremy Corbyn. Our political correspondent Michael…

  • 5 Jun 2018

    One of the leading figures in the campaign to take Britain out of the EU could be ordered to give evidence to a Commons inquiry into fake news. Damian Collins, chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, has asked the Speaker for an early debate and vote to try to force Dominic Cummings…

  • 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.