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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Nick Clegg told his monthly press conference his party wanted to plan ahead by earmarking £1.5bn to head off pressures on the NHS for the winter of 2015-16

Nick Clegg lets slip George Osborne's plan to give NHS a £1.5bn boost

The Deputy Prime Minister has appeared to jump the gun on one of the Chancellor's key announcements

Mark Reckless arrives at Parliament to be sworn in

Rochester by-election: An expression of voters’ rage that is unlikely to dissipate

Vote Ukip, get coalitions: Rochester shows that two-party politics are a thing of the past

Ed Miliband defends Emily Thornberry sacking: 'Her tweet conveyed a sense of disrespect'

Shadow Attorney General resigns after tweeting a picture of a house

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Treasury blasted for not clamping down on billions in tax relief fraud

Public accounts committee also hits out at HMRC

Leaked reports from individual Job centres suggest that some targets have been set locally

Labour will ban Jobcentre claim-reduction quotas

Huge rise in benefit sanctions

Senior Tories are worried that more Tory MPs may defect to Ukip before the next general election

The 7 Tory backbenchers most likely to defect to Ukip next

If Ukip wins today's Rochester by-election, who else might jump ship?

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks on the final day of the G20 Summit in Brisbane

David Cameron: Barnett formula reform is 'not on my horizon'

Formula which decides UK spending on Scotland won't be changed

Ukip candidate Mark Reckless talks to reporters in Hoo, near Rochester

Rochester and Strood by-election: Jumping ship? The Tory MPs most likely to join Reckless in defecting to Ukip

As Mark Reckless says two Conservative politicians are watching today's result with interest, Andrew Grice runs through the list of those most likely to go over to Farage's side

Many backbench Conservative MPs want Cameron to stop the party's 'obsession' with UKIP

Rochester and Strood by-election: Conservatives brace for further defections to Ukip as voters go to the polls

Tories fear defeat after a series of opinion polls gave Ukip a comfortable lead

Lord Ashcroft: 'You've abused Ukip voters, thrashed them, and you tell them they're coming home to Daddy?'

Insulting 'decent' Ukip voters will backfire – Lord Ashcroft warns Tories

"You’ve abused them, thrashed them, and you tell them they’re coming home to Daddy?"

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