Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Alliance: David Cameron hopes to meet Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani

Islamic State crisis: David Cameron to seek Arab help against militants

PM will use a UN meeting in New York to forge an alliance against the militants
Are care homes held accountable?

Big care home chains to face new inspections

Inspector promises to scrutinise companies in charge as much as the homes themselves
High-flying civil servants who take time out to have a family will also receive extra support

All-male interview panels scrapped as Whitehall’s ‘macho culture' is tackled

The long-standing gender imbalance at the top of the civil service that has proved remarkably resistant to change

The London Mayor still believes that 'Boris Island's time will come

Boris Island rejected: Mayor lashes out as his London airport plan is rejected

Boris Johnson launched an intemperate and scathing attack on the Government’s “irrelevant” and “myopic” Airports Commission, after it firmly rejected his cherished plan for a £90bn Heathrow replacement to be built in the Thames Estuary.

Steve Field is England’s first chief inspector of GPs

Chief inspector of GPs: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

The man charged with inspecting doctors explains why he may not be welcome in every surgery

Lightning over central London as major storms kept the city awake overnight

The less we hear about a project to predict the unexpected, the better

The Government's new Horizon Scanning Programme helps us avoid disaster

Less than half of the £501.4m criminals owe in “confiscation orders” is “realistically recoverable”, according to the Crown Prosecution Service

Drive to claw back millions from wealthy criminals is failing, figures reveal

Only a fraction of confiscated monies retrieved from third parties and overseas

David Cameron arrives at No 10 yesterday, after cutting short his holiday in Cornwall to hold a national security meeting on Iraq

James Foley death: David Cameron returns to lead condemnation of ‘brutal, barbaric’ murder of journalist

Video of Isis beheading of American prompts global hunt for jihadist murderer with British accent

Big Society charity winds up after claims it misused up to £2.5m in funding

Lottery and public-sector grants were awarded despite lack of track record

At the time of the investigation Patrick Foster published a statement on Twitter, denouncing the “unnecessarily heavy-handed police investigation”

Long-term bail allows lazy police and prosecutors to leave cases to gather dust

Where are the checks and balances to make sure power isn't being abused?

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

Oeuf quake

Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin