Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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The PAC report is embarrassing for the Home Secretary, Theresa May

More than 10,000 asylum-seekers 'left in limbo'

Home Office "still has no idea" how many rejected asylum claimants are still in the UK

Lord Gus O’Donnell, the former Cabinet Secretary who earned the nickname ‘God’ while in Whitehall, will lead the What Works Centre for Wellbeing

Ministers aim to boost the nation’s happiness with new wellbeing centre

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing will be led by Lord O’Donnell, the former Cabinet Secretary

Last year the UK was ranked 18th in the Global Gender Gap Report, but this year fell to 26th

UK drops out of gender equality top 20 after women’s wages fall

Average earning for women in the UK falls from £18,000 to £15,400

In the six months after the last election, Nesta agreed to give two grants worth nearly £500,000 to the Big Society Network (BSN). The Government has always maintained that the grants were awarded properly

Big Society exclusive: Taxpayer-funded grants were paid ‘under intense pressure’ to Cameron-founded charity by Nesta

Report concludes that a public body was lobbied to award nearly £500,000 to charity launched by David Cameron

Last year, rail fares for season ticket holders increased by an average of 4.2 per cent

'Smart ticketing' to cut cost of rail travel for off-peak commuters

Transport Secretary plans to make discounts more flexible – and ‘regrets’ the marketing of HS2

The Network was launched by the Prime Minister in 2010

Fresh inquiry will examine public funding of defunct charity with links to PM

The Network, which was launched by the Prime Minister in 2010, was given at least £2.5m of National Lottery funding and public-sector grants

Lord Freud suggested that some disabled people are 'not worth' the minimum wage

Lord Freud: Labour claims 'nasty party' is back as another senior Tory backs welfare minister

Jackie Doyle-Price MP tweets: “Anyone who denies that the minimum wage is a barrier to employment for the less able is living in cloud cuckoo land”

The Ukip candidate, and former Tory MP, Mark Reckless canvasses suport in Hoo, Kent

Rochester by-election: How Ukip could pull off an even more spectacular upset than in Clacton

A distrust of Europe could lead to an electoral earthquake in what is nominally a safe Tory seat

A pro-Palestine demonstration outside Westminster on Monday. Although MPs from all parties ended up in support of the motion to recognise Palestine, Labour was forced to whip its MPs to vote in favour of the resolution

Palestine vote: MPs take historic decision to recognise Palestinian state

Voting by 274 to 12, a majority of 262, MPs on all sides urged the Government to 'recognise the state of Palestine'

Israeli MP Hilik Bar (left), with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in April, is urging Labour MPs to defy the whip

Anger grows within Labour over forced Palestinian vote

Pro-Israel MPs unhappy at being whipped into voting to recognise Palestine

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Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written