Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Scottish football fans at Celtic Park. Labour said it wanted all national games to be free to air

Labour would expand 'crown jewels' to include World Cup and Euro football qualifiers

Other sporting events that could be protected include the Ashes, which is only available on Sky

Conservative Party chairman, Grant Shapps has indicated that David Cameron is inching towards taking part in proposed live television debates in the run-up to the general election

David Cameron is close to joining TV election debates, according to Grant Shapps

The four major broadcasters have confirmed plans for a 7-7-2 debate format

Letter from the Whitehall Editor: Cameron is running scared from the “empty chair”

Don’t be fooled. Whatever he says, David Cameron is desperate to kibosh plans for a repeat of the live leaders TV debates in the run-up to the election. To many people that might seem odd, given that the Prime Minister is a polished TV performer and Ed Miliband is not.

Just four houses in Wales have sold for more than £2m over the past ten years

Mansion tax bracket covers only 87 homes in all of Wales

Just four houses in Wales have sold for more than £2m over the past ten years, an analysis of data from the Land Registry reveals

David Cameron speaks during a televised election debate in 2010

Britain's broadcasters: We will go ahead with TV debates, with or without David Cameron

If any of the leaders decided not to participate, 'the debates would take place with those who accepted the invitation'

Boris Johnson attempted to intervene in the incident

Wary of London terror threat, Boris Johnson arrives in Iraqi Kurdistan to see fight against Isis

Officials claim Johnson is keen to see first hand the efforts being made to combat the extremist group

Lord Oakeshott is to help fund the fight against the Tories

Lord Oakeshott gives cash to Labour and Greens to fight Tories in marginal seats

He called on voters to support whichever candidate from the progressive left had the most chance of defeating the Conservatives

George Osborne said governments ‘should aim to run an overall budget surplus each and every year’

George Osborne: Future budgets must have surpluses

The Chancellor outlined Tory plans for a new fiscal rule should they be re-elected

Labour's plans risk embarking on yet another costly NHS re-organisation

Two parties, two flawed sets of plans for the NHS

Labour are offering a financial increase, while the Tories have been reticent to commit

Tony Blair leaves the Houses of Parliament
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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
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The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
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Bread from heaven

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How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living