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Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader has written to voters in a final attempt to convince them to vote for independence

Scottish independence: First Minister Alex Salmond's letter to voters

On the last day of campaigning before the polling booths open, the SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond writes a letter to voters in a final attempt to convince them to part ways with the UK.

Aurora Academies Trust, which runs four primary schools in East Sussex including Oakwood Primary, pays its US parent company about £100,000 a year to use its patented global curriculum

Academies criticised over payments to board members

Report highlights ‘questionable’ practices where sponsors’ companies charge for services

A still from a video showing David Haines with captor

David Haines beheading: Was a news blackout on Isis hostages the right option?

Some hostages, after the event, have been critical of the FCO

A still from the video purporting to show David Haines

David Haines Isis beheading video: 'Now is the time for retribution' – calls grow for David Cameron to take fight to Islamic State

The video also included a threat to murder a second British hostage

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

Islamic State: The Maldives - a recruiting paradise for jihadists

Former president says islands are fertile ground for extremists, with government’s tacit support

Scottish independence on a knife edge as 'Yes' vote narrows gap ahead of referendum

Latest figures show Yes vote on 49 per cent, and better Together campaign on 51 per cent

Cabinet Office minister Brooks Newmark has revealed that government is seeking to recoup £33,994

Big Society ‘in tatters’ says Labour – as charity funds face recall

Government seeks to recoup £34,000 from fitness project that never began

Ethnic minorities currently make up just 3.7 per cent of the top level of the Civil Service

Black and Asian Britons ‘scarcely represented at top of Civil Service’

Study shows less diversity in Whitehall than FTSE 100

Kamaljit Sidhu was stalked by her ex-boyfriend before taking her own life last year

Stalking victims to be advised on what to expect during court cross-examination

DPP says Crown Prosecution Service has been worried too long about being seen to 'coach' them

Scottish independence: If there’s a Yes vote Whitehall won’t know what to do

How I wish that the civil service had a contingency plan

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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
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