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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Labour leader Ed Miliband at the launch of his party’s Manifesto for Young People at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln

General Election 2015: As a draw looms, Tories and Labour try to address their big weakness

It is unlikely that trying to steal each other’s clothes will improve voters’ trust in politics, or give either side the advantage

General Election 2015: Labour to reject pressure to match Tory NHS spending plans

Labour's rejection comes despite a warning from a former NHS chief that it faces a severe cash crisis

102,615 five- to seven-year-olds are being taught in classes of above 30, according to Labour

'Supersize' classes for infants triple in five years, while school choice has become narrower

Figures revealed by Labour are an embarrassment to the Tory Party, whose 2010 manifesto promised smaller classes

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg launches the party’s manifesto in Battersea, London, on Wednesday

General Election 2015: Lib Dems would only join with Tories again if they drop £12bn welfare cuts, says Nick Clegg

However, Lib Dem officials have insisted that no decisions will be made until after the election

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg speaks at the launch of his party's manifesto
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Labour outlines plans for grandparent leave to look after grandchildren

Under the proposals grandparents could share the 18 weeks of unpaid leave or four weeks in any year

David Cameron will claim that the Conservatives are “the party of working people” at the launch of their election manifesto

General Election 2015: David Cameron banks on Thatcher's legacy by putting 'right to buy' at heart of Tory manifesto

The Prime Minister wants to transform their image from the 'party of the rich' to that of the working people

The honourable exception is Ukip, which tries to make a virtue out of its shambolic campaign, saying this proves it is not like the other parties.
The Help to Rent scheme would be a key Lib Dem demand in any post-election negotiations on another coalition

General Election 2015: 2m young adults living with parents to be offered government loans to move out, says Nick Clegg

Exclusive: The Help to Rent scheme would allow 18-30 year-olds to borrow the money for a one or two-month rent advance or tenancy deposit

The Angel of the North, Gateshead

North East England enjoyed biggest rise in living standards since start of the recession, study finds

The surprising findings suggest that the North-South divide which existed at the start of the downturn is no longer so clear cut

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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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