Matt Chorley

Matt Chorley is Political Correspondent for The Independent on Sunday.

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'Don't bribe pensioners' says IDS

Wealthy pensioners should not be "bribed" with state handouts like free bus passes and TV licences, Iain Duncan Smith claimed yesterday.

Take a hit: Learning the ropes at a clay pigeon shoot in Oxfordshire

The man who wants kids to shoot

Former soldier who now leads Countryside Alliance says children should ditch their laptops and embrace country sports

Peter Hain is to be prosecuted for
'unwarranted abuse of a judge'

Hain contempt case to cost public £300,000

Expensive legal wrangle over ex-minister's book may rebound on taxpayers

Nick Clegg: 'Long after I've gone, I'll be able to look back and say we did that - we changed the tax system'

Nick Clegg: 'If you ask what really makes me tick, it's this...'

Exclusive interview: The Deputy Prime Minister on his wife, children, and his relationship with David Cameron

Nick Clegg wants childcare to be the coalition's highest priority in social policy

Exclusive: Clegg's drive to recruit 65,000 state nannies

The Deputy Prime Minister plans to give those as young as two a fairer start in education

Siobhan Benita was dismayed by the way NHS reforms were being handled by ministers so she resigned as a senior civil servant to stand for Mayor of London

Siobhan Benita: NHS backlash fuels independent bid for London Mayor

After quitting Whitehall in protest, she tells Matt Chorley why she's aiming for City Hall

Strictly Opera: Ann Widdecombe during rehearsals for La Fille du régiment last week

Ann Widdecombe: 'I don't act... I have a talent to amuse'

Purists are furious at her casting in a Covent Garden opera, but, she tells Matt Chorley, they should just 'get a life'

Brian Paddick: 'People are going to realise there's a viable alternative'

Brian Paddick: 'Boris is a caretaker... Livingstone really is unpleasant'

Lib Dem London mayoral candidate tells Matt Chorley why he's the best man for the job

Bureaucrats return to lead doctors' groups

Two-thirds of the new bodies charged with running health services under the Government's controversial reforms have hired a bureaucrat, not a doctor, as their boss.

Ian Rickman says gardening 'helped me learn to live again' after a stroke left him paralysed at age 40

GPs devise new treatment to beat depression. It's called gardening

The ‘green gym’ provides exercise, therapeutic relaxation ... and it’s dirt cheap, says top medic

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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone