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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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

David Cameron faces the press as he arrives in Brussels for the EU leaders summit on Thursday reuters

On the Tusk of a dilemma: Cameron's latest EU renegotiation foe

Inside Westminster

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Prime Minister David Cameron arrive for their meeting in Brussels

Poland threatens to veto David Cameron's EU migrants benefits cuts plan

Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister: “There is a red line we cannot allow ourselves to cross"

Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Prime Minister David Cameron arrive for their meeting in Brussels

TTIP: David Cameron attempts to rally support for controversial international trade deal

Prime Minister claims TTIP won't harm the NHS

The Chancellor tried to turn the tables on Labour

Osborne accused of 'extreme and ideological' cuts in plan to run £23bn budget surplus

Chancellor wants to reduce Government spending to 35 per cent of GDP

'Neets' are young people not in education, employment or training

Missing - the 50,000 jobless teens who have dropped off the radar

Exclusive: Thousands of unskilled young people receiving no support

Letter from the Political Editor: The electioneering has started, and top of the agenda for all parties: the budget deficit.

The long campaign for the general election next May has begun.  Yesterday brought appearances by the three main party leaders, who locked horns on what is bound to be the key election issue – how to clear Britain’s budget deficit.

66 per cent of people disagree with the Chancellor’s strategy to reduce Government spending faster

Two thirds of Britons do not support George Osborne's £30bn additional cuts

Mr Osborne aims to clear the deficit on day-to-day spending by 2018

Nick Clegg has a perilous three-point lead over Labour in Sheffield Hallam - where 17.3 per cent of the electorate are students

Nick Clegg backs face-sitting protesters over UK porn ban

Deputy Prime Minister says people should be free to 'get their kicks'

Unpaid internships lasting longer than four weeks would be banned by Labour if it wins power next May

Labour to limit unpaid internships to a month to stop best jobs going to the richest

Party says current system ‘locks up’ the best jobs for those with richest parents

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee