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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State-owned or not-for-profit firms would be able to bid against private operators like Virgin Trains

Rail services: Labour pledges 'level playing field' in the bidding process for franchises

Party sources say plan moves beyond 'public versus private' debate and would produce a rail system fit for the 21st century that was 'neither Tory privatisation or a return to British Rail'

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, whose husband died from prostate cancer at 62 in 2010,

Right to die: Labour leader in the House of Lords reveals that she 'would have considered a mercy killing' of her husband Stuart Hercock

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon will make an impassioned plea to change the law to allow assisted dying

Rail unions want Ed Miliband to commit to taking all the privately-run lines back into state ownership

Ed Miliband to resist trade union calls for renationalisation of railways if Labour win next election

Party leadership wary of strategy that would be portrayed as 'a return to Old Labour and British Rail' by the Conservatives

Michael Gove was switched from Education Secretary to the Government’s Chief Whip after polling showed he was deeply unpopular with teachers

Cabinet reshuffle: Michael Gove ousted after Lib Dems warned they would exploit his unpopularity

Cameron claims Education Secretary has not been demoted despite £36,000 pay cut

Lord (Jonathan) Hill, the Leader of the House of Lords, is Britain’s next member of the European Commission

After the Cabinet reshuffle, 'conciliator' Lord Hill named for EC role

Former Education Minister can build bridges following Cameron's failed bid to block Juncker

Young adults are “the most acutely affected by some distance” by the very sharp falls in pay

Pensioners got richer during recession, while young were hardest hit

The findings will increase the pressure on the Government to ensure a 'fair recovery' in which young adults can 'catch up'

Questions have been raised about Lady Butler-Sloss's suitability to lead the inquiry

Westminster child abuse inquiry: Judge in charge of investigation bows to conflict of interest claims and quits role

Lady Butler-Sloss's appointment had been heavily criticised because her brother was Attorney General in the 1980s

'Better Together' supporters wave their flags

Scottish Referendum: Thanks, but no thanks: how a polite message from Canada fired the campaign against Scottish independence

“No Thanks” seemed a perfectly pitched riposte to Alex Salmond from a campaign that had rightly been accused of being too negative

Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, left, is to take part in a live television debate about Scottish independence with Alistair Darling, right, head of the Better Together campaign, if David Cameron continues to refuse to take part

How a polite message from Canada inspired the campaign against Scottish independence

No campaigners hope to get a draw in the “emotion” game

The Government is rushing through an emergency law to allow the state to retain personal data held by internet and telephone companies

Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter

PM says he still wants controversial new powers for emails and phone calls to be kept for 12 months, while newly announced review gives scope for reviving previously blocked surveillance measures

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Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

New captain vows side will deliver for small Wembley crowd
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‘We knew he was something special’

Radamel Falcao's journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United's star signing
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'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
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A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
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James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
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What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
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Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
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