James Ashton

James Ashton is Head of Business across the Independent, Independent on Sunday and London Evening Standard.

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It is tempting to interpret HSBC’s review of whether it should move its headquarters out of London as the company making plans to go before Miliband takes the reins
Jochen Zeitz at Segera, his 50,000-acre ranch, which now houses three endangered species

Jochen Zeitz: The businessman who uses his millions to change opinions on climate change

'The more business speaks out, the easier it will be for politicians to set the agenda'

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, says that the introduction of higher tuition fees was ‘incredibly traumatic’

Business Secretary Vince Cable: 'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Cable has had to cope with the privatisation of Royal Mail and the ruling on whether News Corporation should be allowed to take full control of BSkyB

Caroline Flint MP, the shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, says Ed Miliband has been subjected to some ‘pretty horrendous personal attacks’

Caroline Flint: ‘We are in touching distance of winning because of Ed, not in spite of Ed’

The shadow Energy Secretary has been one of Labour’s most persuasive voices ever - and now the Big Six energy companies might have to fear her

The bank levy was introduced in 2010, but raised less than expected as banks’ balance sheets shrank to make them less risky.
Jenny Watson has told her staff that the election result is going to be close

Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission: ‘The idea of marking an X in a box probably seems completely alien’

Ahead of a drive to register one million missing voters, Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission, discusses the challenges ahead

Martin Glenn (left) and Gary Lineker in the early days of their Walkers partnership

Martin Glenn appointed FA CEO: FA signs the man who killed Captain Birdseye

New chief executive Martin Glenn, who also recruited Lineker, is a rebranding guru

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence