Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris is Deputy Political Editor at The Independent.

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Customers to be able to switch energy companies more easily under new deal

Customers will be able to switch more quickly between electricity and gas companies under a deal to be announced within days.

Archbishop Justin Welby implicitly criticised the Coalition’s policies in his Easter sermon at Canterbury cathedral

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby uses Easter message to tell of weeping families in debt, too ashamed to ask for help

The Archbishop of Canterbury warned on Easter Sunday that despite the economic recovery many families had been left “weeping” by their debts and were too ashamed to ask for help from food banks.

Gordon Brown says it would cost Scotland £1bn to establish its own pensions

Scottish Independence: Gordon Brown warns of pensions black hole if Scots vote to leave union

Gordon Brown will this week spearhead an attempt by opponents of Scottish independence to regain the momentum by warning the country would face a £1.5bn pensions and benefits black hole if it breaks away from the United Kingdom.

Northamptonshire has cut its backing by 55 per cent between 2010-11 and 2013-14, Suffolk by 50 per cent, Hertfordshire by 40 per cent and Gloucestershire by 34 per cent.

Bus subsidies slashed leaving less-used routes to close or cut back

Unprofitable bus routes are being scrapped or scaled back because of deep cuts in support from councils whose budgets are being squeezed, new figures disclose today.

The Kazakh regime has accused Mukhtar Ablyazov of money-laundering and fraud and has demanded his extradition

Kazakh dissident loses UK refugee status after David Cameron’s trade mission - sparking claims the Government is attempting to curry favour with the oil-rich country

Lawyers for Mukhtar Ablyazov say the PM viewed the case as a stumbling-block to closer ties with the repressive central Asian republic

Rachel Reeves said the work capability assessment 'humiliates' disabled people

Labour pledges to overhaul the hated fitness-for-work tests that it introduced

The controversial fitness-for-work tests for the sick and disabled would be overhauled by an incoming Labour government with the companies which operate them paid according to the quality of their performance.

Average pay increased by 1.7 per cent this year

Wages higher than inflation for the first time in four years

Wages are rising ahead of inflation for the first time since the Coalition government took office, official figures showed this morning.

There has been a steady rise in people becoming self-employed since the recession

Report: 450,000 recently 'self-employed' Brits would rather just have a normal job

Hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to register as self-employed after failing to find jobs elsewhere, new research has discovered.

The ComRes poll found 51 per cent of voters did not believe Nigel Farage’s party offered a “realistic political vision”

Nigel Farage fatigue? Half of voters ‘immune’ to Ukip’s appeal

Findings will act as a reality check for Ukip which has ridden a wave of popular support over the last 18 months

Tony Blair also took a swipe at the Coalition’s “inaction” over the three-year-long civil war in Syria

Tony Blair strikes back at Nick Clegg over Chilcot report into Iraq war

Former Labour Prime Minister also took a swipe at the Coalition’s 'inaction' over the three-year-long civil war in Syria

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Brits who migrate to Costa del Sol more unhappy than those who stay at home

It's not always fun in the sun: Moving abroad does not guarantee happiness

Brits who migrate to Costa del Sol more unhappy than those who stay at home
Migrants in Britain a decade on: They came, they worked, they stayed in Lincolnshire

Migrants in Britain a decade on

They came, they worked, they stayed in Lincolnshire
Chris Addison on swapping politics for pillow talk

Chris Addison on swapping politics for pillow talk

The 'Thick of It' favourite thinks the romcom is an 'awful genre'. So why is he happy with a starring role in Sky Living's new Lake District-set series 'Trying Again'?
Why musicians play into their old age

Why musicians play into their old age

Nick Hasted looks at how they are driven by a burning desire to keep on entertaining fans despite risking ridicule
How can you tell a gentleman?

How can you tell a gentleman?

A list of public figures with gallant attributes by Country Life magazine throws a fascinating light on what it means to be a gentleman in the modern world
Pet a porter: posh pet pampering

Pet a porter: posh pet pampering

The duo behind Asos and Achica have launched a new venture offering haute couture to help make furry companions fashionable
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: The mutiny that sent a ripple of fear through the Empire

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

The mutiny that sent a ripple of fear through the Empire
Hot stuff: 10 best kettles

Hot stuff: 10 best kettles

Celebrate St George’s Day with a nice cup of tea. Now you just need to get the water boiled
Sam Wallace: Why Giggs is perfect fit as Manchester United boss... in the longer term

Sam Wallace

Why Ryan Giggs is perfect fit as Manchester United boss... in the longer term
Renaud Lavillenie: The sky's the limit for this pole vaulter's ambitions

Renaud Lavillenie: The sky's the limit for this pole vaulter's ambitions

Having smashed Sergei Bubka's 21-year-old record, the French phenomenon tells Simon Turnbull he can go higher
Through the screen: British Pathé opens its archives

Through the screen

British Pathé opens its archives
The man behind the papier mâché mask

Frank Sidebottom

The man behind the papier mâché mask
Chris Marker: Mystic film-maker with a Midas touch

Mystic film-maker with a Midas touch

Chris Marker retrospective is a revelation
Boston runs again: Thousands take to the streets for marathon as city honours dead and injured of last year's bombing

Boston runs again

Thousands of runners take to the streets as city honours dead of last year
40 years of fostering and still holding the babies (and with no plans to retire)

40 years of fostering and holding the babies

In their seventies and still working as specialist foster parents