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.

  • 7 Dec 2017

    The Queen was in Portsmouth today for an official ceremony marking the hand over to the Royal Navy of the most expensive vessel in its history.

  • 1 Dec 2017

    The First Secretary of State, Damian Green, has denied that he “watched or downloaded” any pornographic images after a former police officer claimed thousands of images, all legal, were found on a computer used by Mr Green in 2008. Mr Green’s allies have accused the retired detective of a vendetta, while Scotland Yard has launched…

  • 30 Nov 2017

    President Trump’s now infamous re-tweet of inflammatory posts from a British far-right group have been roundly condemned by politicians of all shades. His actions were called offensive, some have called for him to be charged with inciting racial hatred and for a proposed state visit to the UK to be cancelled. The controversy completely overshadowed…

  • 20 Nov 2017

    The elections watchdog has opened an investigation into the Vote Leave campaign’s spending during the Brexit referendum, and into substantial donations which Vote Leave made to two other pro-Brexit campaign groups. The Electoral Commission said new information had come to light since it last reviewed spending limits earlier this year.  

  • 17 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 15 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 10 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 9 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 8 Nov 2017

    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.  

  • 7 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 3 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 2 Nov 2017

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

  • 1 Nov 2017

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

  • 1 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 27 Oct 2017

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