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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Andrew Lansley would succeed Baroness Ashton, Europe's High Representative for Foreign Affairs

Andrew Lansley tipped to become Britain's next EU Commissioner

Andrew Lansley, the Leader of the Commons, is set to become as Britain’s European Commissioner after saying today that he is ready to accept the job.

Queen's Speech: Controversial Infrastructure Bill will allow fracking companies to drill under homes without owner's permission

Controversial plans to extract shale gas were accelerated yesterday when the Government announced proposals to allow fracking companies to drill under homes without the owner’s permission.

The Speech contained few surprises among the 11 new Bills

Queen’s Speech: A plan for kicking out MPs who misbehave

‘Recall’ Bill finally published but critics say it doesn’t go for enough

Queen's Speech: Coalition unveils sweeping pension reforms as Queen confirms plans for 5p plastic bag charge

The most sweeping reforms to the pensions system since it was founded in 1908 were unveiled by the Coalition today in its final Queen’s Speech before next year’s general election.

The joint Cameron-Clegg statement will worry some MPs in both coalition parties

David Cameron and Nick Clegg make nice and hint at another Coalition following the next election

Party leaders point to their achievements and suggest hung parliament could result in a second crack at power sharing

Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg sips his pint at the Queens Head Pub in Soho, central London

Nick Clegg at pains to prove Lib Dems learned lessons from disastrous local and European elections

Nick Clegg will try to calm the turmoil in the Liberal Democrats by promising to listen to his critics and learn lessons from the party's disastrous local and European election results.

John Denham, right, was formerly Mr. Miliband's parliamentary aide

If you can't beat them, join them? Ed Miliband urged to beat Ukip with EU immigration curbs

A close ally of Ed Miliband has urged Labour to combat the threat from Ukip by proposing curbs on migration to Britain from other European Union countries.

The Coalition's £750 million-a-year scheme will take effect in autumn next year covering all children under 12

General election 2015: Childcare will be key battleground in as all three parties prepare to release their plans

A Bill to introduce “tax-free childcare” will be included in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday as the three main parties seek to make the issue a critical one at next year’s general election.

Nick Clegg giving a speech on international development in London on Wednesday

Inside Westminster: Entertaining as failed Lib Dem coup was, it was not the true elections story

Mr Clegg has been wounded because it emerged that a sizeable chunk of Lib Dem activists want him to go

The Labour leader rejected pressure from his party to match David Cameron’s offer of an in/out referendum on Europe

European elections 2014: Ed Miliband tries to stave off internal squabbles in Labour following disappointing results

A bout of Labour infighting broke out as it launched a post-mortem.

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
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Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
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Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

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Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
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How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game