Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Nick Boles was forced to clarify his views after his comments made local headlines

Tory minister backtracks on benefits remark

Minister suggested Britain's benefits system sometimes shows 'inhuman inflexibility'

Genetically modified maize in Shropshire

EU regulations on genetically modified crops prevent Britain's agricultural progress, say MPs

A Parliamentary committee says Europe's guidelines are “not fit for purpose”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured in Budapest last week

Old military hands are using Putin as a bogeyman

Ex-generals are wheeled around television studios to fight the media battle

Ed Miliband during a heated debate at PMQs

Labour proposal to ban MPs from taking second jobs thrown out by House of Common

It would create 'low-achieving, shallow' MPs, claims former Tory minister

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said she suffered a 'mind blank' during her interview with LBC
Commons Speaker John Bercow: 'I have in the past suggested a lot of members of the public would expect members of Parliament to do a full-time job'

'Cash for access' scandal: John Bercow backs plan to ban MPs from taking outside work

"MPs should not be swayed by what they owe to other interests"

Around 140 institutions, classed as “alternative providers” do not get direct government support, but can receive public funding through loans which students take out to pay their course fees

Public money ‘wasted on EU students at private colleges’

MPs slam the Government for failure to act on warnings of potential abuses

Chuka Umunna, the shadow Business Secretary

Labour finding it 'tortuous and difficult' to figure out how they would pay for tuition fee cuts

Senior Labour figures have been unable to agree how to pay for a pledged cut in tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 – or indeed whether to do it at all

HSBC alone was fined £216m in the UK and $275m in the US

HSBC accused of 'engaging a systematic and profitable collusion in serious criminal activity'

Lord Ken Macdonald said there existed 'credible evidence' of HSBC’s involvement in 'grave' cross border crimes that should have had a 'sustained criminal investigation' in the UK

David Cameron is keen to avoid TV debates without being seen to sabotage the process

Broadcasters to hold an FA Cup-style draw to decide order of proposed television debates

Under the plans three debates will be held during April: two with all seven mainstream British political parties included and one head-to-head debate between Ed Miliband and David Cameron

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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn