Andrew Grice

Andrew Grice has been Political Editor of The Independent since 1998. He was previously Political Editor of The Sunday Times, where he worked for 10 years, and he has been a Westminster-based journalist since 1982. His column, Inside Politics, appears in The Independent each Saturday.

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Ballot papers are counted during the recent Clacton-On-Sea by-election

Electoral Commission unfit for purpose, claims think tank with links to Number 10

Policy Exchange claims electoral roll errors are up

The study found that the Conservatives would hit the bottom 10 per cent of the income ladder hardest if they retain power

Main parties are keeping voters in the dark about tax and spending plans, claims think tank

IPPR says parties need to be more transparent before the election

Prospective Conservative candidates Kelly Tolhurst and Anna Firth with party chairman Grant Shapps in Rochester this week

Poll: Tories on course for another humiliating defeat in Rochester by-election to Ukip

ComRes survey shows 13-point lead for defector Mark Reckless

Frank Field has accused Ed Miliband of taking Labour's traditional voters for granted

Former Labour minister Frank Field hits out at Ed Miliband for being soft on immigration

Exclusive: "Blue Labour" MP wants Miliband to take a lead from Ukip on border controls

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg meets pupils at Clapham Manor Primary School in south west London, last month

Nick Clegg launches bid to win teachers back to the Lib Dem fold

Deputy Prime Minister aims to rebuild appeal with public sector workers after Coalition cuts

Nick Clegg's party denied claims that the document was leaked deliberately

Lib Dem's general election 'red lines' leaked

Nick Clegg’s director of strategy photographed carrying party manifesto

The Prime Minister will soon unveil plans to restrict migration from other EU countries

Cutting EU immigration will backfire, say employers

Britain’s bosses have come out fighting for the country to remain in the European Union and warned that David Cameron’s plans to cut migration from the EU could backfire by damaging business.

Estimates suggest that the number of children growing up in poor families will rise from 2.6m to 3.5m in 2020

Tories under fire for not targeting child poverty

The Conservatives were accused today of refusing to set new targets for reducing child poverty because their next round of spending cuts would increase the scale of the problem.

Gorton in Manchester, where Save the Children said 27 per cent of children lived in poverty in 2011: in one case 11 people lived in a two-bed house

Three main parties attacked for their lack of ambition over 'lamentable' child poverty failure - by Government's own anti-poverty tsar

More honesty about what can be achieved is called for in the run-up to the 2015 election

Ed Miliband with Liz McInnes, the MP for Heywood and Middleton, after Labour clung on to the seat with a majority of just 617

Miliband has to offer voters something and he needs to do it now – he can’t just sit and wait

Labour is behind the clock after wasting the chances offered by its conference

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?