James Ashton

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

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Critics of Fiona Woolf say she should step down amid accusations of an establishment cover-up

Fiona Woolf resignation: As soon as she became the story, she had to leave

Redrafting of letters spelling out how well she knew Lord Brittan clearly offered grounds to dismiss her

Baroness Beeban Kidron is also campaigning for more diversity in the industry

Baroness Kidron interview: ‘Children’s online safety is too vital to leave to Government’

The James Ashton Interview: The film director who took Bridget Jones to the edge of reason has found a new outlet for her energy. And woe betide anyone who tells her it’s a battle that she can’t win

Sir Richard Leese, at Manchester Town Hall, wants a greater say over health, social care and public transport

Sir Richard Leese interview: Devo Manc - city dreams of a northern renaissance

Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council for 18 years, tells James Ashton why he wants up to two-thirds of public spending to be locally controlled

Simon Segars, the chief executive of ARM Holdings

Simon Segars: Looking forward to the future and the ‘internet of things’

The James Ashton Interview: Basildon born, the CEO of ARM Holdings, Britain’s one truly global hi-tech star, explains why he’s so optimistic about the connected home just around the corner

Volunteers in protective suit bury the body of a person who died from Ebola in Waterloo, some 30 kilometers southeast of Freetown

Ebola virus: What price for a miracle cure?

If GlaxoSmithKline’s tests go according to plan, the firm and its partners could produce more than 10,000 vaccines by early next year

Standing tall: San Estaban del Rey Mission Church Acoma, Sky City

New Mexico: Hitting the road to Sky City

James Ashton and his family take a trip through south-west America's great outdoors, from pueblos to potteries ... and an alpaca ranch
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