Chris Blackhurst

Chris Blackhurst writes regular columns for The Independent, i and The Independent on Sunday, and conducts weekly interviews for London Live TV. Blackhurst was City Editor of the Evening Standard for nine years, before becoming Editor of The Independent for two years. He was then promoted to Group Content Director, and in September 2014 he took on the multi-media business role. He’s won numerous awards for his journalism.

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I don't blame parents who move to get their child into a good school

One in four parents have done just that, while one in three have changed jobs

Innocent until proven guilty? No, only until the police say he did it

In hailing the account of Harvey Proctor's alleged victim, officers appear to have already made up their minds

Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) summit in Ufa, Russia

It's all over for the Brics countries now - upstarts are taking the initiative

Their inability to govern themselves, to produce safe and sound economic policies, to put their business on a lasting, world-beating level has proved their undoing

London’s foreign money bubble is bursting – but will we be better off?

London is in danger of becoming a doughnut, its centre empty of people living there

George Osborne gives his keynote speech at the annual 'Lord Mayors Dinner to the Bankers and Merchants of the City of London' at the Mansion House on June 10, 2015

Like it or not, the age of banker bashing is coming to an end

Now they’ve gained an election victory, Osborne and his colleagues are looking to relax the reins and publicly restore old allegiances

Britons spent £182m on prosecco compared to £141m on champagne

Budget 2015: What a glorious summer for Britain's richest elite

Ever since that exit poll was announced, the champagne corks have been popping

Aerial view of planned third runway at Heathrow

Heathrow expansion: This final 'conclusion' has simply fanned the airport flames

Leaving the door ajar for Gatwick has only helped prolong this tiresome political battle

Zac Goldsmith: the next Mayor of London?

Zac Goldsmith: London may have found its next superstar mayor

He’s a Conservative who does not conform, a free spirit within the party

Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination

Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency is no laughing matter

With his billions and brash lifestyle, he is the living embodiment of the Republican ideal

For banks like HSBC, there’s not enough cash in customers like us

The truth is HSBC never felt happy here. Historically, emotionally, it doesn’t belong

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