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.

  • 20 Feb 2018

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has come out fighting over allegations that he was paid to spy on Britain during the Cold War, dismissing them as nonsense.

  • 7 Feb 2018

    Theresa May and ten of her senior cabinet minsters have spent the afternoon working out the government’s policy on a future relationship with the EU after Brexit. Another meeting is scheduled for tomorrow. And this evening, more data has emerged from the Treasury’s leaked assessment of the possible impact of Brexit on the economy.

  • 5 Feb 2018

    Donald Trump has triggered a new spat with the British government after he turned to Twitter to vent his fury, this time about the state of the NHS. Early this morning, Mr Trump tweeted that thousands of people had been demonstrating in the UK because the National Health Service was, he said, “broke and not…

  • 2 Feb 2018

    The government minister Steve Baker was today forced to apologise in the House of Commons for appearing to suggest that some civil servants were conspiring against Brexit. The Brexit minister faced calls for his resignation yesterday after he failed to dismiss an assertion by arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg that Treasury officials were trying to keep Britain…

  • 30 Jan 2018

    There’s been a kerfuffle over the Ukip leader Henry Bolton’s academic qualifications.

  • 30 Jan 2018

    A Tory lord, who until last summer was one of Theresa May’s Brexit ministers, today warned the Prime Minister that Britain will be walking “a gang plank into thin air” if the government doesn’t decide what it actually wants out of Brexit. As the European withdrawal bill arrived in the House of Lords, amid the…

  • 29 Jan 2018

    The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said Britain will need to follow any new EU rules made during the transition period, without having a say in how they are made or what they contain. Michel Barnier’s comments come as criticism of Theresa May’s government continues to bubble over, with one of her own backbench MPs…

  • 23 Jan 2018

    Despite resignations from more than a dozen colleagues, Ukip leader Henry Bolton isn’t budging. On Sunday, Ukip’s national executive voted no confidence in Mr Bolton following the controversy around his recent girlfriend Jo Marney and several racist comments she made on social media. Now Ukip will hold an extraordinary general meeting on 17 February to decide Mr…

  • 22 Jan 2018

    So certain that he repeated it: Henry Bolton has declared he won’t resign as Ukip leader, despite a series of key party figures quitting in protest. Unbowed by yesterday’s vote of no confidence, Mr Bolton insisted today he would fight on, declaring the party’s ruling body needed “significant and urgent reform”.

  • 21 Jan 2018

    Ukip’s ruling national executive has unanimously backed a no-confidence motion in the party leader Henry Bolton – well, unanimously apart from Mr Bolton himself. He’s insisted he won’t step down. Earlier Mr Bolton warned that if he was kicked out of the job – the party “is probably over”. Party officials tried to keep details…

  • 17 Jan 2018

    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?

  • 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…

  • 21 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 20 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 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.