Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris is Deputy Political Editor at The Independent.

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The Union flag and the European Union flag fly outside Europe House, in London

EU referendum: Eurosceptic Tories accuse David Cameron of loading the rules to stay in union

Over 50 backbenchers are in a group ready to campaign to leave the EU

The number of prisoners who take their own lives in solitary confinement has reached a nine-year high

Surge in number of prisoners killing themselves in solitary confinement revealed by report

One inmate hanged himself after officers refused to give him a book

John Swinney has described the proposed spending cut as “too bitter a pill to swallow”

Scotland could raise taxes to cancel cuts’ impact, says Deputy First Minister

Scotland's budget is set to be trimmed by £107m this financial year

Angle Merkel has said she is confident that a deal can be struck to enable Britain to remain in the EU

Angela Merkel: EU could consider amending treaties to convince UK to stay in union

Mr Cameron has argued that treaty change is essential to impose new limits on the entitlement of EU nationals to receive benefits in Britain

The new Business Secretary Sajid Javid is second favourite among Tory activists behind Boris Johnson to become the party’s next leader

Business Secretary Sajid Javid is second favourite behind Boris Johnson to become Tory leader

Mr Javid was named by 17 per cent of Tory activists as their preferred choice to succeed David Cameron

Hands up for non-selective education: pupils at Knole Academy in Sevenoaks, the town’s only secondary school until a Christian free school opened 18 months ago

Government accused of trying to accelerate the conversion of schools into academies

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan plans to 'sweep away legal loopholes' and make it harder to thwart the establishment of academies

Norman Lamb, who has announced his candidacy for the Liberal Democrat leadership, wants to reconnect with millions of voters

Norman Lamb: Lib Dem leadership contender on why the party needs to be reborn as a 'political start-up'

The former health minister's campaign to be leader is built on optimism

During the election campaign the Conservatives pledged to introduce the measure in 2017

David Cameron pledges to phase in childcare reforms ahead of schedule

Tories have promised to double free childcare for 600,000 working parents

A new report has revealed that police officers in the UK ask for permission to monitor use of emails, text messages and internet searches once every two minutes

The police ask to look at our private messages once every 120 seconds

The Government is preparing to reintroduce its 'snooper’s charter'

Haroon Ahmed, convicted in 2008 of robbing a garage armed with a knife, walked out the main entrance of Dovegate prison in Staffordshire

Haroon Ahmed: Violent criminal claims he escaped prison 'to test out the security'

The Independent revealed that Mr Ahmed was on the run

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