Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris is Deputy Political Editor at The Independent.

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Michael Gove's appointment as Justice Secretary was unexpected

Courts, prisons and human rights: To say Michael Gove has a tough job is putting it mildly

His in-tray contains subjects daunting even for a minister famed for his reforming zeal

Campaigners demonstrating against the Bedroom Tax outside the Royal Courts of Justice, in March

David Cameron under pressure from Tory MPs to review controversial 'bedroom tax'

The impact of the 'spare-room subsidy' is also set to be examined

According to the federation, the average monthly rent in Britain was £750 at the end of 2013, compared with £400 across Europe

Private rents in Britain are the highest in the EU

The average in the UK is nearly double that of Europe

The Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey in London. Michael Gove will promise rapid and radical reform to criminal justice through the greater use of technology

Michael Gove: New Justice Secretary vows to combat 'dysfunctional' court system

He will say it provides an exemplary service for the wealthy, but adds to ordeal of victims who incompetence and bureaucracy

David Cameron’s comments signalled that the tax credit system is the prime candidate for heavy savings, along with the housing benefit bill

UK benefits cuts: Working families could lose up to £1,690 in tax credits, ministers warned

George Osborne will start fleshing out proposals to cut welfare spending in next month’s Budget, with the plans due to be finalised in the autumn

Two Liberal Democrat campaigners are alleged to have used party membership lists to conduct negative polling against Norman Lamb’s rival for the party leadership Tim Farron, pictured

Lib Dems to investigate allegations that Norman Lamb campaigners broke data protection laws

Lib Dem officials will discuss referring the allegations to the Information Commissioner

Large parts of England are about to become off-limits for tens of thousands of poorer families because of the planned cut in the annual benefit cap, David Cameron is being warned by housing experts

Benefit cap cut will force families out of South East England, say housing experts

The Government is pressing ahead with moves to reduce the limit households can receive in benefits from £26,000 to £23,000

Liam Fox: 'I think we’ll get a better idea of what the Prime Minister’s been discussing when we get some outcome from that summit...I think it will be necessary to reveal a bit more of what we’re negotiating'

EU referendum: Cabinet ministers may quit over European Union vote, says Liam Fox

Mr Cameron has promised to put the deal he strikes with EU leaders to a referendum on Britain’s EU membership by the end of 2017

British supplied jets have reportedly been used by Saudi Arabia in air strikes on the Yemeni capital Sanaa, such as this raid

Lib Dem's Tim Farron calls for changes to arms export laws to halt sales to repressive regimes

Farron wants legal changes to require ministers to approve personally each sale to countries such as China, Russia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia

Tom Watson is another favourite for the Labour deputy leadership (Getty)

Tom Watson: Voters left Labour because they think it has lost touch with working class roots

'We need a Labour Party that looks like the country we want to serve'

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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'