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.

  • 18 Sep 2017

    The Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable has claimed Theresa May is “letting the country” down over the Brexit talks, describing the government as unprepared and totally divided. Earlier his predecessor Tim Farron told the party’s conference in Bournemouth that Brexit would turn Britain into a “poorer, meaner, insular place”. But can the Lib Dems…

  • 15 Sep 2017

    More armed police have been deployed across London’s transport network, as the Prime Minister said the UK’s threat level would stay at its second highest – severe. Mrs May also had some strong words for the US President Donald Trump after he tweeted that the people behind the attack had been in Scotland Yard’s sights. It  was not helpful to speculate,…

  • 13 Sep 2017

    The government suffered a defeat on NHS pay in the House of Commons this afternoon, a defeat that seems to have significantly changed Parliamentary convention. It came amid a row over claims that the Prime Minister made about police pay during Prime Minister’s Questions.

  • 12 Sep 2017

    Seven years of capped pay for public sector workers. Today, police officers were told they’d get a one per cent rise and a one per cent bonus, with prison officers securing a 1.7 per cent rise. But both deals are well below inflation, and the extra money for police is to come from their existing…

  • 11 Sep 2017

    The government’s Brexit negotiating strategy has been under attack from the Trades Union Congress boss Frances O’Grady, who told delegates at their conference in Brighton that the repeal bill would mean “open season” on workers’ rights if it’s allowed to go through the Commons unamended.

  • 8 Sep 2017

    Theresa May has denied claims that she is trying to ‘rig’ parliament in the run-up to Brexit, after a backlash against the government’s attempt to guarantee the Conservatives a majority on crucial Commons committees which determine the legislative agenda.

  • 5 Sep 2017

    What do you do if you have been in power for a decade and face attacks from a resurgent left and right? SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon took on that challenge today when she spelled out her Scottish government’s plans for the coming 12 months. The one per cent limit on public sector pay will go,…

  • 17 Aug 2017

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said it’s wrong to blame an entire community after one of his shadow cabinet team resigned over an article she wrote for The Sun. Sarah Champion stepped down after writing that Britain had a problem with “British Pakistani men raping and exploiting young girls”.

  • 16 Aug 2017

    The Labour MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, has resigned from the shadow cabinet as women and equalities spokesperson after what she called an “extremely poor choice of words” in a Sun newspaper article last week. She’d written an article about the grooming of girls by Asian men after the conviction of 18 people for child sexual exploitation in…

  • 15 Aug 2017

    This is what the future looks like after Brexit – an “ambitious new customs arrangement with the EU”, with the “freest and most frictionless trade possible”. That’s according to the Government in its key negotiating position published today. Sounds glorious, but of course Europe has to agree, and so far there’s been a distinctly terse response. The EU’s chief negotiator…

  • 1 Aug 2017

    Does the Welfare State still have an obligation to house everyone who can’t afford to buy or rent their own home? Ever since Labour’s Nye Bevan proposed council houses for everyone after the second world war the politics of social housing have been shifting. The most significant change was Margaret Thatcher allowing council tenants the…

  • 26 Jul 2017

    The government will have to repay £32 million in fees charged to people using employment tribunals. It follows a Supreme Court ruling that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally in introducing fees in 2013 – an attempt, it said, to reduce the number of malicious and weak cases. The trade union Unison had argued…

  • 20 Jul 2017

    The European Union’s chief negotiator said today that there are “fundamental differences” between the bloc and the United Kingdom. The second round of Brexit talks concluded with arguments over the divorce settlement with Michel Barnier warning “accounts must be settled”. But Brexit Secretary David Davis was more upbeat.

  • 13 Jul 2017

    The Prime Minster marked a year in the job today by admitting she shed a “little tear” on election night. Might there be more of those to come over legislation introduced to parliament today?

  • 4 Jul 2017

    Sajid Javid was speaking today at the Local Government Association’s annual conference in Birmingham. And not everyone there, as the Grenfell tragedy and its ramifications were digested, was happy to see him. Local authorities around the country are facing potentially huge bills for remedial work on tower blocks on their patch.  And there have been…