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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The Speech contained few surprises among the 11 new Bills

Queen’s Speech: A plan for kicking out MPs who misbehave

‘Recall’ Bill finally published but critics say it doesn’t go for enough

Queen's Speech: Coalition unveils sweeping pension reforms as Queen confirms plans for 5p plastic bag charge

The most sweeping reforms to the pensions system since it was founded in 1908 were unveiled by the Coalition today in its final Queen’s Speech before next year’s general election.

The joint Cameron-Clegg statement will worry some MPs in both coalition parties

David Cameron and Nick Clegg make nice and hint at another Coalition following the next election

Party leaders point to their achievements and suggest hung parliament could result in a second crack at power sharing

Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg sips his pint at the Queens Head Pub in Soho, central London

Nick Clegg at pains to prove Lib Dems learned lessons from disastrous local and European elections

Nick Clegg will try to calm the turmoil in the Liberal Democrats by promising to listen to his critics and learn lessons from the party's disastrous local and European election results.

John Denham, right, was formerly Mr. Miliband's parliamentary aide

If you can't beat them, join them? Ed Miliband urged to beat Ukip with EU immigration curbs

A close ally of Ed Miliband has urged Labour to combat the threat from Ukip by proposing curbs on migration to Britain from other European Union countries.

The Coalition's £750 million-a-year scheme will take effect in autumn next year covering all children under 12

General election 2015: Childcare will be key battleground in as all three parties prepare to release their plans

A Bill to introduce “tax-free childcare” will be included in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday as the three main parties seek to make the issue a critical one at next year’s general election.

Nick Clegg giving a speech on international development in London on Wednesday

Inside Westminster: Entertaining as failed Lib Dem coup was, it was not the true elections story

Mr Clegg has been wounded because it emerged that a sizeable chunk of Lib Dem activists want him to go

The Labour leader rejected pressure from his party to match David Cameron’s offer of an in/out referendum on Europe

European elections 2014: Ed Miliband tries to stave off internal squabbles in Labour following disappointing results

A bout of Labour infighting broke out as it launched a post-mortem.

The Deputy Prime Minister said resignation had not crossed his mind

European elections 2014: Nick Clegg rejects calls from inside Lib Dems for him to resign

Nick Clegg admitted the Liberal Democrats’ rout in the Euro elections was a “huge setback” but rejected growing calls from his own party for him to resign as its leader.

Activists have dubbed Mr Clegg 'toxic' and plan to force a leadership contest this summer

Elections 2014: Calls for Liberal Democrat unity in face of ‘foolish’ calls for Nick Clegg to go

Paddy Ashdown put himself at the head of a “save Nick Clegg” operation as critics of the Liberal Democrat leader stepped up their attempt to oust him.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment