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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Tough love: Labour leader Ed Miliband

Miliband: Young jobseekers must train or lose their benefits

Jobless young adults would lose their automatic right to some state benefits under a Labour Government to encourage them to find work, Ed Miliband will announce on Thursday.

Only six per cent of the 13,000 new homes bought during Help to Buy’s first nine months were in London

Change Help to Buy to help London buyers, Government told

The Government is under pressure to change its £10bn Help to Buy loan scheme so that it gives more help to buyers of new homes in London and the South East.

NHS finances worsened in the 2013-14 financial year

Government accused of 'losing grip on NHS' as 58 failing trusts now have £241m debt

More than one in three NHS trusts in England have plunged into the red and and now have combined deficits of £241m, according to a new survey.

The leaders of the main opposition parties in Scotland also said they would work to boost Holyrood's responsibility for social security after a No vote in September’s referendum

Scottish independence referendum: Labour, Tories and Lib Dems unite to promise more power to Holyrood after 'no' vote

Labour, the Conservatives, and the Liberal Democrats have issued an unprecedented joint pledge to increase the tax and spending powers of the Scottish Parliament if Scots vote against independence.

The UN has warned that 100,000 people a month are now fleeing the country

Syria: Only 24 Syrian refugees allowed to enter Britain, government accused of dragging feet

Only 24 refugees from Syria have been allowed to enter Britain, almost six months after the Government promised that “several hundred” would be given sanctuary.

Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander have written a joint article for The Independent’s website setting out the Lib Dems’ stance on tax and spending in the 2015-20 parliament

Nick Clegg plans to pick Danny Alexander over Vince Cable as Lib Dem economy chief

Nick Clegg is expected to appoint Danny Alexander rather than Vince Cable as the Liberal Democrats' main economic spokesman at next year's general election.

Miliband will have to work out the best way to pursue his agenda without breaking the bank

How can Ed Miliband pursue his agenda without spending billions?

The Labour leader believes he can be both radical and credible by offering solutions without throwing money at problems

The Liberal Democrats are calling for every state school to follow the national curriculum and employ properly qualified teachers

Lib Dems in call for all state teachers to be qualified

Tensions in the Coalition over education will erupt again today when the Liberal Democrats call for every state school to follow the national curriculum and employ properly qualified teachers.

The Bank will be able to impose a limit to cap the size of mortgage loans as a share of the borrower’s family income

Bank of England wins power to cap mortgages

Chancellor announces measure to prevent housing bubble in his annual Mansion House speech

Chancellor George Osborne is expected to be upbeat about the economy

Mansion House speech: Chancellor George Osborne to announce jail terms for rate fixing

Tougher penalties, including jail sentences of up to seven years, will be extended to other parts of the financial services sector in an attempt to prevent more scandals.

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