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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Clacton by-election analysis: Focus switches to Rochester as Carswell victory raises Tory fears

Tories fear scale of his victory may encourage other Eurosceptic MPs to defect

David Cameron does not want the debates to dominate the campaign at next May’s election

David Cameron accused of 'dragging his feet' over a call to begin TV election debates

The first debate between the three main party leaders attracted 10 million viewers in 2010

Nick Clegg Insists his party had learnt lessons from its U-turn over tuition fees

Nick Clegg begs voters for a second chance in a keynote speech to Lib Dems

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Nick Clegg begs voters to 'ignore tuition fee U-turn' and judge Lib Dems on their record in Government

Deputy Prime Minister's closing speech attacked both Labour and Conservatives

Deputy Prime Nick Clegg during a visit to the Scottish Association for Mental Health in Glasgow on Tuesday

Lib Dem Conference: Nick Clegg pledges to end the shortfall in mental health treatment

Extra £120m will be invested in five-year plan to banish its ‘Cinderella’ status

Nick Clegg accused the Tories of wanting to 'cut taxes for the wealthiest, paid for by the working poor'

Lib Dems hit back after Tories outflank them on personal tax allowance

To say that the Liberal Democrats were miffed when the Conservatives shamelessly stole their tax policy last week is an understatement. Expletives shout out of the mouths of senior figures in the "nice party".

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaks at the Liberal Democrat Autumn conference on 6 October

Lib Dems promise to raise personal tax allowance to £11,000 by 2016

Nick Clegg tries to put space between his party and the Tories

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Retirement age set to increase by six months each year

Employees in their fifties and sixties are being urged to work longer before they can put their feet up

Nick Clegg argues that the nation’s books “should not be balanced on the backs of the poor”
Nick Clegg has refused to rule out a second coalition with the Conservatives

Liberal Democrat conference: Party begins to soften its stance on fresh Coalition with Tories

Behind the scenes sense that a 'continuing coalition' might be viable

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