Chris Blackhurst

Group Content Editor of The Independent, i, The Independent on Sunday and Evening Standard - and former Editor of The Independent.

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‘Town halls have got to have closer relationships with the communities they serve,’ says Sir Merrick

Sir Merrick Cockell: England is the last remnant of the British Empire

The Conservative who used to speak for every council in the land is passionate about devolution - and the one part of the UK that hasn’t had it

Careful, Mr Cameron. Don't flirt with us on tax

Ministers have taken their eye off the middle and higher-earners

Chris Blackhurst: Let’s stop moaning and start acting – it’s time to bank on getting tough with our white-collar crooks

Midweek View: The Med resounds to the laughter of top bankers on their yachts and in their villas, reputations still intact

Public sector workers march through Newcastle city centre as they take part in the one-day walkout as part of bitter disputes over pay, pensions, jobs and spending cuts

The Government’s attitude to the civil service is breathtaking hypocrisy

In public they condemn public sector strikes, but behind closed doors they are delighted

A boy bound for a private school tries on a striped cap

Private education vs state education: a social divide that must be eliminated

When will there ever be a level playing field?

Chris Blackhurst: We can't prevent the next economic crisis. But attempts to do so could threaten jobs and research

Midweek View: By wanting to prevent the big boys from having special access, regulators have created another uneven pitch
Mr Cameron will make clear his reservations about Mr Juncker at a dinner of EU leaders in Ypres, Flanders

What is David Cameron playing at? His anti-EU stance is totally irresponsible

Just because the PM has it in for Jean-Claude Juncker shouldn’t mean he ignores the advice of British business

Chris Blackhurst: Competition with London could be the best way to forge the right connections in the North of England

Midweek View: Lofty talk of a high-speed rail service and greater powers to elected mayors is not the solution
Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey

Andy Coulson profile: The consummate tabloid hack who went too far

The News of the World man’s zeal for a story was his undoing

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee