Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris is Deputy Political Editor at The Independent.

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The Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London. Women account for only 23 per cent of MPs

Women underrepresented at all levels in British politics

Britain is lagging behind Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar and Kyrgyzstan in its efforts to increase the number of women in politics, a damning report reveals today.

The LMA estimate an extra 130,000 primary places will be needed by 2017/18

Schools forced into desperate measures to deal with £1bn budget black hole

A school has been forced to turn a roof into a playground as councils take desperate measures to cope with a £1bn-plus black hole in their education budgets, local authority leaders warn today.

John Bercow is facing a revolt over his decision to appoint Carol Mills

John Bercow's bid to appoint Australian to top Commons job goes off the rails

The crisis over Commons Speaker John Bercow’s choice for a top parliamentary job has deepened after both Downing Street and the current incumbent raised doubts over his handling of the selection.

Smoke rises after air strikes targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq

Britain will not join air strikes – for now

Britain last night refused to rule out joining US air strikes on militants in Iraq if the bloodshed worsened, while making clear it would only provide technical assistance for now.

The Ukip leader has consistently refused to be drawn on where he would mount an attempt to secure a parliamentary seat

General Election 2015: Nigel Farage 'to run for MP seat in Thanet South'

Nigel Farage is to launch a bid to become an MP at next year’s general election by standing in the Kent constituency of Thanet South, local activists have disclosed.

Displaced Iraqi Christians settle at St. Joseph Church in Irbil, northern Iraq

Give refuge in UK to Iraqi minorities, says Justin Welby

Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities facing ethnic cleansing at the hands of Islamist extremists should be given refuge in Britain, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said yesterday as the UK gave its support to US air strikes on the militant forces.

Karren Brady, the star of the Apprentice, and the former Google and Facebook chief Joanna Shields are among prominent businesswomen today appointed to the House of Lords by David Cameron

The Brady bunch: Cameron appoints Apprentice star Karren Brady to new peers

Other prominent businesswomen include Facebook chief Joanna Shields and TalkTalk's Dido Harding

Smoking heroin is a safer way to take the drug than injecting it

Exclusive: Heroin addicts to be given free foil to help them kick their habit

New law a ‘positive step’ in reducing number of lives ruined by drugs

Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

Poll of polls: Green Party support grows as voters continue to abandon Lib Dems

Support for the Greens is steadily growing as the party benefits from the splintering of traditional political loyalties, the latest poll of polls for The Independent discloses today.

London Mayor Boris Johnson believes a 'generous exit' could be negotiated

Britain leaving EU would be preferable if David Cameron cannot secure reforms, claims Boris Johnson

The Mayor of London believes the 28-nation bloc is 'suffering from a crisis of economic underperformance'

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Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
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A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam