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.

  • 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.

  • 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.