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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Letter from the Political Editor: Cameron's unexpected tax pledges give the Tories home advantage

David Cameron ensured  yesterday that the Conservatives will be playing at home at next year’s general election – on their favourite “tax and spending” field.

Among other measures, the Prime Minister said a Tory government would raise the personal tax allowance from £10,500 next April to £12,500 by 2020

Conservative Party conference: Cameron offers voters a 'tax giveaway' reward for austerity

Tory sources insisted the huge tax giveaway would be funded by the £25bn of spending cuts promised by George Osborne

Almost half of people interviewed in a ComRes survey for The Independent trust David Cameron to take the right decisions in combatting Isis

David Cameron wins huge lead in public trust over decisions about Isis

45% trust PM on tackling the jihadist group, but only 28% trust Ed Miliband

The Chancellor has bounced back from his annus horribilis after getting booed at the Paralympics two years ago

Analysis: George Osborne inspired the Tory faithful, but will he ever be leader?

The Chancellor will never be Mr Popular with the public, but in the party he’s seen as the Tory’s Gordon Brown

George Osborne announces a cut in the 'tax on death' paid by spouses and children when the main earner in the family dies

'Death tax' abolished by George Osborne as Tories seek to limit damage from resignations of Mark Reckless and Brooks Newmark

Defection and resignation ‘not an ideal start’ to party conference, David Cameron admits

David Cameron and Ed Miliband attend the Queen's Speech on 4 June 2014

Syria air strikes: This time, David Cameron made sure of Ed Miliband’s support

After last year's embarrassing defeat in the Commons over Syria, Cameron would have been foolish not to consult his rival

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

Tory modernisers attempt to stop local pacts with Ukip candidates

Conservative modernisers are to launch a campaign to head off local pacts between their party and Ukip at next May’s general election.

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, raised the prospect of “a long drawn-out campaign”

Isis: MPs will back air strikes in Iraq, but Fallon warns that war could last for years

Hints that British intervention could eventually extend to Syria as well as Iraq fuel growing fears of ‘mission creep’

Dutch F-16 fighter bombers, similary to those been sent by Holland to Iraq.

Isis crisis: UK air strikes in Iraq would be legal, says Downing Street

MPs will vote on carrying out air strikes in Iraq on Friday

The option of UK air strikes against Isis in Syria has been left open

Isis: Defence Secretary Michael Fallon predicts two to three-year campaign in Iraq

MPs to vote on measures tomorrow

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Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
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