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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A volunteers sorts through donations of food at the Hammersmith and Fulham food bank run by the Trussell Trust in London

Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid continues, despite the IMF and Germany praise for Osborne and Britain’s ‘jobs miracle’

Labour leader Ed Miliband at the launch of his party’s Manifesto for Young People at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln

General Election 2015: As a draw looms, Tories and Labour try to address their big weakness

It is unlikely that trying to steal each other’s clothes will improve voters’ trust in politics, or give either side the advantage

General Election 2015: Labour to reject pressure to match Tory NHS spending plans

Labour's rejection comes despite a warning from a former NHS chief that it faces a severe cash crisis

102,615 five- to seven-year-olds are being taught in classes of above 30, according to Labour

'Supersize' classes for infants triple in five years, while school choice has become narrower

Figures revealed by Labour are an embarrassment to the Tory Party, whose 2010 manifesto promised smaller classes

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg launches the party’s manifesto in Battersea, London, on Wednesday

General Election 2015: Lib Dems would only join with Tories again if they drop £12bn welfare cuts, says Nick Clegg

However, Lib Dem officials have insisted that no decisions will be made until after the election

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg speaks at the launch of his party's manifesto
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Labour outlines plans for grandparent leave to look after grandchildren

Under the proposals grandparents could share the 18 weeks of unpaid leave or four weeks in any year

David Cameron will claim that the Conservatives are “the party of working people” at the launch of their election manifesto

General Election 2015: David Cameron banks on Thatcher's legacy by putting 'right to buy' at heart of Tory manifesto

The Prime Minister wants to transform their image from the 'party of the rich' to that of the working people

The honourable exception is Ukip, which tries to make a virtue out of its shambolic campaign, saying this proves it is not like the other parties.
The Help to Rent scheme would be a key Lib Dem demand in any post-election negotiations on another coalition

General Election 2015: 2m young adults living with parents to be offered government loans to move out, says Nick Clegg

Exclusive: The Help to Rent scheme would allow 18-30 year-olds to borrow the money for a one or two-month rent advance or tenancy deposit

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own