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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Tory whips were anxiously ringing round the “usual suspects” following Douglas Carswell's defection to Ukip

Douglas Carswell's Ukip defection may be first of many, Tories fear

Senior Conservatives fear that more of their MPs will defect to Ukip after Douglas Carswell stunned Westminster by jumping ship to Nigel Farage’s anti-EU party.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (left) with former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell

Douglas Carswell defection: Eurosceptic ex-Tory MP fires parting shot at Cameron

The Conservatives were plunged into turmoil over Europe today when Douglas Carswell, one of their Eurosceptic MPs, dramatically defected to Ukip.

'This has become, I'm afraid, just another managerialist, post-war administration' says Douglas Carswell

Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage

Clacton MP has often rebelled from Conservative Party on European issues

Pupils educated at schools like Eton (pictured) are far more likely to succeed in politics and the judiciary, the report found

Old boy's club still dominates public life, according to major new report

A “cosy club” of people educated at private schools and Oxbridge still dominates politics, the judiciary and media, and locks out talented people from more modest backgrounds, according to Government advisers.

Cam's man: Polish PM Donald Tusk

President of the European Council: David Cameron backs Polish PM Donald Tusk for the post

It will be a crucial appointment as Mr Cameron tries to win concessions for Britain before the in/out referendum on EU membership he has promised in 2017

The Prime Minister is focused on a 'patient and resolute' response to the 'generational challenge' posed by Isis, according to Downing Street

David Cameron: We won't treat Brits travelling to Syria and Iraq as potential Isis terrorists

69 suspected extremists have been arrested so far this year

A rare shot of Clegg taking a stand on Cameron's right

David Cameron might prefer another Lib Dem coalition after all

The Tories are under pressure to split from their partners, but it could prove to be a mistake if there's another hung parliament

Ed Miliband has warned that fares could rocket by up to 5.6 per cent in January under the Coalition’s formula

Labour promises 'tough cap' on rail fares, but stops short of offering full freeze

A “tough cap” on rail fares would be imposed by an incoming Labour Government, Ed Miliband has pledged.

The 57 to 43 per cent margin is based on the latest six opinion polls and excludes “don’t knows”

Scottish independence: Salmond in need of poll boost from televised debate

Country is on course to vote No to independence in September's referendum

Margaret Hodge, the committee’s Labour chairman, said that there were

Civil service whistleblowers need more support and protection, MPs say

The treatment of whistleblowers who expose problems in public services is “shocking” because they face victimisation, according to an inquiry by MPs which reports today.

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The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
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11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone