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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Charles Kennedy won support for the Liberal Democrats by refusing to support the war in Iraq

Charles Kennedy: How former Lib Dem leader won praise for leading opposition to Iraq War

The late Mr Kennedy overruled doubters in his own party to take a courageous stance against the decision to join the US-led invasion of Iraq

David Cameron plants flowers with children during a visit to a nursery. The new Childcare Bill will see childcare allowances double for parents with a household income of less than £150,000

'Tax free childcare': Families with an income of up to £300,000 to benefit from tax relief scheme

The measure could save joint-income families up to £2,000 a year

Labour leader contender Liz Kendall speaks at De Montfort University Leicester, where she made a pitch for party votes in the party's leadership contest

Labour leadership contest: Liz Kendall set to enter race after winning the backing of 35 MPs

23 have gone public, but her team says she has the required support

Farron is favourite to be next Lib Dem leader

Tim Farron is front-runner to replace Nick Clegg as Lib Dem leader, survey finds

The poll by the Lib Dem Voice website put Mr Farron on 71%

The PM proposed 'commonsense restrictions' on migrant benefits
Liz Kendall set out her approach as a Labour leader, pledging to spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence

Labour has 'no God-given right to exist' and could do 'even worse' at next election, Liz Kendall warns

Ms Kendall has positioned herself as the 'candidate of change' in what is expected to be a three-horse race against Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper

The European Union flag and the Union Jack hang outside the EU's headquarters in Brussels

EU referendum: Pro-Europe campaign unites to fight ‘No’ camp

Exclusive: British Influence, Business for New Europe and the European Movement will join forces to create an umbrella 'Yes to Europe' group

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh, Tristram Hunt and Liz Kendall address delegates at the Progress annual conference in central London, last weekend

Labour leadership race: Senior figures want to oust Ed Miliband's successor before next election

The move would leave the next new elected leader 'on probation'

Tristram Hunt is expected to make a statement on his candidacy on Wednesday

Labour leadership race: Tristram Hunt to deliver stark warning over party's prospects following election fiasco

The Shadow Education Secretary will say the party could 'wither away'

Tessa Jowell, the former Olympics Minister, as she unveils her campaign to be Mayor of London

Dame Tessa Jowell launches bid to become London Mayor with pledge to build 2,000 affordable new homes a year

The former Olympics Minister also had a dig at her Labour rival Sadiq Khan

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Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
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