Adam Withnall

Adam Withnall writes for http://independent.co.uk

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Priti Patel MP: Who is the new Treasury minister who supports death penalty and rejects plain packaging for cigarettes?

MP for Witham in Essex has been promoted from an influential Downing St policy board to role of exchequer secretary - dealing with tax policy

Liz Truss MP: The new Environment Secretary, her clash with the 'Turnip Taliban' and a controversial rise through the Tory ranks

The MP for South West Norfolk has made a strong impression in just a few years at Westminster - but almost never made it there

Newport Primary School, rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted, received complaints from parents after it said it could not accommodate fasting Muslim children at lunchtime

School in east London 'drops' Ramadan policy that forced parents to take fasting children off premises at lunchtime

Newport Primary School in Leyton said health guidelines meant it could not look after fasting Muslim children

This letter was sent to pupils at Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire along with their Key Stage Two results

Primary school sends children beautiful letter with exam results to say ‘there are many ways of being smart’ (even if it is a bit unoriginal)

Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire has been given a ‘gold star’ by Twitter users for the message against standardised testing

Video footage released by police shows the terrifying moment a man opens fire on a crowd outside a US nightclub

Stamford shooting video shows man opening fire on crowd outside nightclub – from perspective of one of his terrified targets

Police released the extraordinary footage in appeal for witnesses

The damning picture of David Cameron's all-male front bench earlier this year
Scientists shed light on the still “poorly understood” theory that an ingredient in marijuana has anti-cancer properties

Scientists reveal how THC – found in cannabis – ‘could slow cancer tumour growth’

New study from University of East Anglia reveals important details of marijuana’s ‘poorly understood’ anti-cancer properties

Government considers plans to make benefit claimants prove they are depressed – or be stripped of payments

The Department for Work and Pensions said sweeping changes to financial support for people with mental health issues was ‘at the ideas stage’

The Archbishop of York John Sentamu (R) and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby chat on the steps of York Minster after a Eucharist Service on July 13, 2014 in York, England

Church of England General Synod to vote on women bishops: The key facts you need to know ahead of today’s crucial church decision

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is confident ‘the votes are there’ – but what would it mean for the church?

Bowe Bergdahl resumes Army role after six weeks of ‘reintegration’ following controversial al-Qa’ida prisoner exchange release

The sergeant will be questioned by Army officials investigating the circumstances of his capture by militants five years ago

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Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride