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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Stephen Nickell said that without migrants the NHS would be 'in absolutely dire straits'

Britain is not at all full up insists senior civil servant

More of Surrey is given over to golf courses than houses

Margaret Hodge, the Labour chair, said the firms were failing their ‘duty of care’

Government relies too much on 'quasi-monopoly' of G4S and Serco

Public Accounts Committee attacks reliance on firms being investigated for over-charging

Ed Miliband is fighting to keep voters from switching to Ukip, the SNP or the Greens

Traditional model of politics 'cracking apart' as hung parliament looms again

Labour has lost its lead for the first time since February 2012

former Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley

Andrew Lansley leads fightback of Tories who want to stay at heart of EU

“It is in my heart that I believe most strongly that our future is within a reformed EU"

According to an academic study, Ukip poses twice as much of a threat to the Conservatives at next May’s election as it does to Labour

Ukip 'twice as dangerous' to Tory election prospects as to Labour's

Labour had lost most of the voters it was going to lose in 2010

Neil Hamilton’s possible candidacy for Ukip has divided members of the party

Disgraced ex-Tory MP Neil Hamilton in line to make stunning Commons comeback for Ukip

Ex-minister who famously took 'cash for questions' could run in South Basildon and East Thurrock

Lord Mandelson, left, has said that Ed Miliband, right, should abandon his 'them versus us' strategy pitching the poor against the rich, so he can extend Labour’s appeal beyond the party’s core vote

Lord Mandelson tells Ed Miliband to stop bashing the rich

Former minister wants Labour to be nicer to bosses

Gloria de Piero, shadow minister for women and equality, has said that Labour will put women and families at the

Women bear 85% of burden after Coalition’s tax and benefit tweaks

£22bn of £26bn made from benefit reforms taken from women

Ed Balls responds to the Chancellor's Autumn Statement
Vince Cable said that his party must not sign up to massive spending cuts

Despite Vince Cable's warning, Lib Dems will vote for Tory deficit plans

Cable regards cuts plans as unrealistic

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Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
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