Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Nicola Sturgeon with David Cameron

Nicola Sturgeon did want David Cameron to win the general election, report concludes

Civil service memo was an 'accurate' record of First Minister's comments

Seven-day GP access plan 'surreal' and must be scrapped, says BMA head

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, the chair of the BMA's GP’s committee will claim being a GP has become 'unsustainable'

Chuka Umunna with his partner Alice Sullivan last Sunday

Chuka Umunna resigns from Labour leadership contest: a realisation that this isn’t how he wants to live his life

Attention paid to those close to Umunna made him think again, says Oliver Wright

Nigel Farage and the major Ukip donor Arron Banks leave the party’s head office in central London yesterday

Nigel Farage challenges Ukip MP Douglas Carswell: back me as leader or quit the party

Farage did not name Carswell in his attack but aides made clear that it was the former Tory MP he had in his sights

Labour leader hopeful Chuka Umunna with his girlfriend Alice Sullivan

Chuka Umunna quits Labour leadership contest due to 'uncomfortable' media attention

The decision clears the way for Tristram Hunt to enter the race - the Shadow Education Secretary is yet to officially declare but is now almost certain to stand

Having kept his seat in the election, Tim Farron is the frontrunner to be the new Lib Dem leader

Tim Farron says Lib Dems face the 'fight of their life' to recover popular support

The MP has announced that he is running for the party leadership

Baroness Warsi was Britain’s most senior Muslim minister until she resigned from her post

Baroness Warsi warns how British Muslims fear Government 'Cold War' against their faith

Peer warns Tory plans could increase extremist radicalisation

The Prime Minister has made the abolition of Labour’s 1998 legislation a key part of his 100-day policy offensive

Cameron faces Tory backbench rebellion over plans to scrap the Human Rights Act

Its abolition is a key part of the PM's 100-day policy offensive

Michael Gove, the new Justice Secretary, will be driving the Tories’ attempts to scrap the Human Rights Act

Michael Gove must navigate a political minefield before Tories can scrap the Human Rights Act

There are also legal obstacles to negotiate before it can be abolished

Of all the challenges facing David Cameron by far the most pressing and most intractable is renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the European Union

David Cameron will need patience, guile and luck to tackle Britain's relationship with Europe

Negotiating with Brussels is the most dangerous challenge the PM will face

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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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