Crick has investigated other politicians too, and has written unofficial biographies of several public figures. When Mark Mardell interviewed Archer for Newsnight in during his campaign to be elected mayor of London, Archer levelled, on camera, the following apparent threat at Crick: "You wait till I'm Mayor.
You'll find out how tough I am. After the Archer documentary,  Crick began work on his biography of Sir Alex Ferguson which was published in Reporting "utterly misplaced" speculation that Crick would not be objective because of his lifelong support of Manchester United , Leo McKinstry wrote for the Daily Telegraph that Ferguson "has found a worthy, if hardly compliant, biographer". These claims involved the alleged misuse of public funds by the private office of former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith and supposed payments to his wife Betsy for work she did not do.
Crick had begun to investigate these claims in the Spring after a tip-off from a Conservative insider with knowledge of Duncan Smith's office. A biography, In Search of Michael Howard , was published just before the general election.
Simon Heffer in The Spectator wrote that "it is thorough and well-researched, in some respects exceptionally so". Crick was appointed Newsnight ' s political editor in March in succession to Martha Kearney. We are allowed to do our own thing", he said of the programme at the time. In July , it was announced that Crick was returning to Channel 4 News as political correspondent, replacing Cathy Newman under political editor Gary Gibbon. The following September, he said in an interview for The Independent : "I was 19 years on Newsnight and 18 of them were extremely happy and then towards the end, about a year ago, they made it clear to me that they wanted me to stop being the political editor and do another job, which was ill-defined.
He lives by his creed by bringing in scoop after scoop. Crick's revelation that the September ' Plebgate ' scandal was based on entirely fictitious evidence was the subject of a Dispatches programme in December In Summer , he reported that a file on the Conservative politician Michael Mates had been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service concerning alleged offences committed during his candidacy in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in for the post in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Crick lives in Wandsworth ,  south London, with his partner Lucy Hetherington, an executive TV producer who has managed documentaries and current affairs programmes. She is the daughter of former Guardian editor Alastair Hetherington.
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He also has an older daughter, born in , from his former marriage  to Margaret Crick, who was his wife from to A keen supporter of Manchester United , he has written several books on the team as well as his political works. In —99 he was the organiser of the Shareholders United Against Murdoch campaign which successfully opposed the proposed takeover of United by BSkyB. Since Crick has been a lay member of the board of governors of the University of Manchester , and he also sits on the board of Manchester University Press. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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A couple of criticisms though. One was when the author commented on Harold Wilson having developed a paranoid view of the world. This was illustrated by something Wilson had said just prior to his resignation.
Wilson's family had a history of Alzheimer's which Wilson was aware that he already had symptoms. I would have chosen to have left Wilson out of that argume A good account of a lot of the falsities of modern British politics which unfortunately can be found in my own country New Zealand. I would have chosen to have left Wilson out of that argument.
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