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.

Critics warn that raising the price of alcohol will have little effect on behaviour

Lansley 'furious' but admits defeat over cheap alcohol

Health Secretary attempts to hang on to his job

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