Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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David Cameron has previouslystressed the need to win the North if they want to win the general election

Conservatives lag in selecting candidates for marginal seats for 2015 election

The Conservatives have yet to select a parliamentary candidate in almost half of the most marginal seats they will need to win if they are to have a working majority after the next election, a new analysis reveals.

The new National Crime Agency in February made 10 different payments totalling £336,573 to Mercedes Benz

Coalition spending revealed: Crime Agency's £336,573 outlay on Mercedes vans for 'special projects', a £27,000 parking bill at Gatwick Airport and £108,000 PR spend among Government departments’ public accounts

It was just less than a year ago that ministers claimed the Government was starting to “manage our finances like the best-run FTSE100 businesses”.

The Cochrane review brands Tamiflu a waste of cash

The media wails about money wasted on Tamiflu – but we were the ones who demanded it

This isn't the only time that screeching headlines have led to bad decisions

Leader of UKIP Nigel Farage as he listens to a speaker during the party conference on 20 September, 2013 in London.

Nigel Farage expenses: Ukip leader claims to be victim of a smear campaign

Mr Farage says £70,000 spent on his UK office since 2009 is justifiable

The messages Mr Corby sent via the gay-networking site Grindr, suggest he deliberately chose attractive male members of his staff to accompany him to the conference

Exclusive: ‘Gay-sex party’ Tory Iain Corby is removed from list of candidates

Corby is at the centre of allegations that he spent taxpayers’ money on hotel rooms at a Conservative Party conference that were used for a sex party

Nigel Evans was found not guilty of rape last week following a five-week trial

Nigel Evans calls for anonymity for rape suspects

Nigel Evans is to launch a campaign to introduce anonymity rules in sexual assault cases to protect the reputations of  people who are charged and then cleared.

Former deputy speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans at Preston Crown Court last week

Nigel Evans calls for review of anonymity rules in sexual assault cases

The calls come in the wake of a sexual scandal that saw Mr Evans facing personal and financial ruin

The former Deputy Speaker of the Commons Nigel Evans was cleared of sexual assault charges

Exclusive: Inquiry into Tory conference ‘gay-sex party paid on expenses’

Parliamentary watchdog ‘deeply worried’ by claims public money funded £2,500-a-night hotel suite

Michael Fabricant announced his departure on Twitter

Michael Fabricant: Llamas, incest, bestiality, and the demise of the Tories’ Deputy Chairman

Michael Fabricant was an eccentric choice for his position. Now his Twitter feed has caught up with him. Regrets? None, he tells Oliver Wright

A Labour MP referred Maria Miller (pictured) to police for criminal investigation over her expense claims

Labour minister accuses David Cameron of ‘double standards’ over Maria Miller scandal

Prime Minister had tried to draw a line under the scandal

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The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
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A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

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11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
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The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
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Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
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