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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Ed Miliband created a crisis of confidence about himself within Labour when he forgot to mention the deficit in his party conference speech

The political parties aren't all the same – which means 2015 will be a 'big-choice' election

Inside Westminster: Cameron doesn’t look like the compassionate Conservative who won the party leadership

Employers miss out on talented women because two thirds (64 per cent) of women cannot vary their start and finishing times

More flexible hours for working women could save the UK £700m a year

IPPR: 'Flexible working in its current, reduced-hours form, simply isn’t flexible enough'

A think tank has warned that, for millions of households, the freeze would wipe out 65p of every pound of the tax cuts trumpeted by the three parties

Exclusive: Tory benefits freeze means tax cuts won't help low-income families

'They will be running just to stand still,' says Resolution Foundation

The bill for temporary shelter over the current parliament is set to reach nearly £2.8 billion, according to Labour

60,000 families will spend Christmas in emergency housing this year

Cost set to rise to almost £2.8bn

Helen Goodman, the shadow Welfare Reform Minister

Thousands of refugees allowed to stay in Britain will be be destitute this Christmas, says Labour

The opposition called for a shake-up to reduce delays in the time it takes asylum seekers to move on to mainstream benefits

Danny Alexander and George Osborne before the Autumn Statement last month

Danny Alexander savages George Osborne over 'destruction of public services'

Alexander makes volte face – after four and a half years of coalition

Ed Balls in his office in Parliament; he says he believes Labour is winning the argument

Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls says Labour will square the circle of cutting the deficit and outspending the Tories – and he believes voters sense the party’s integrity

Ed Balls in his office in Parliament; he says he believes Labour is winning the argument

Ed Balls: Labour government would fast-track the mansion tax

Shadow Chancellor brings controversial proposal to top of Labour’s ‘to do’ list

Letter from the Political Editor: Mr. Cameron is beginning to earn small victories in Europe

When David Cameron issued his long shopping list of demands to curb EU migration last month, there was some scepticism about whether he would make much progress in delivering it.

Research by the Open Europe think-tank found that an EU migrant with no children earning the minimum wage receives £290.28 a week when tax credits are included, meaning that state top-ups account for 32 per cent of take-home pay

Exclusive: Angela Merkel may back David Cameron's plan to stop child benefits going abroad

Commission sources told The Independent the proposal has been discussed by Mr Juncker and Angela Merkel, but plan could encourage migrants to bring their families with them rather than leave them at home

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