Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Nigel Farage has filmed an advert with Paddy Power to back ‘Team Europe’ in the Ryder Cup

Ukip party conference: Nigel Farage and co swing into town aiming to put policy before personality

The party’s annual conference has tended to undermine its reputation. So this year, it’s the duller the better for Nigel Farage

Unless Ed Miliband agrees to “English votes for English laws”, the Tories will put the issue at the heart of their election manifesto

Ed Miliband under pressure over PM's 'English votes for English laws' devolution reforms

Debate heats up as watchdog calls in police over claims about No camp’s postal votes access

The signatories (who include Ken Clarke and Charles Kennedy) argue that Britain should unite “in its aims to bring change and reform to the EU” and not to “abandon it”

Don’t hold an EU referendum, coalition of Europhiles tells PM

David Cameron should learn lessons from Scotland and abandon his gamble to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, senior politicians and business leaders warn today.

Footage showing what is claimed to be the US air strikes on Syrian targets has been uploaded to YouTube

Syria air strikes: David Cameron pledges support for US bombing campaign

PM could recall Parliament this week to vote on UK military action

Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year

Dyslexic spies: There are benefits worth waiting for

GCHQ has an army of dyslexics to analyse complex data, it has emerged. Oliver Wright, The Independent's Home Editor, who has the condition, spells out their special skills
At the heart of the argument lies the question: Why should Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs be able to make laws that will not affect the people they represent?

Q&A: How would 'English votes for English laws' work?

Q) What is the concept of English votes for English laws?

David Cameron will become the first British Prime Minister to hold face-to-face talks with an Iranian leader since the country’s revolution in 1979

Islamic State: David Cameron to meet Iran’s President to discuss Isis threat

David Cameron will this week become the first British Prime Minister to hold face-to-face talks with an Iranian leader since the country’s revolution in 1979, Downing Street has announced.

Arthur Balfour, Chief Secretary for Ireland, during the 1887 protest in Belfast against the Irish Home Rule Bill

Devo max explained: The biggest constitutional change since Ireland got home rule

David Cameron’s granting of devo max guarantees a dramatic – and unpredictable – change to the way we are all governed

David Cameron signed a “vow” to continue the “Barnett allocation of resources” across the UK

Scottish referendum results: Tories call on PM to renege on reckless funding vow

Conservatives want backtrack on "Barnett formula" for funding

There were a few gaps in the Prime Minister's speech this morning

Scottish referendum result: Five huge questions David Cameron failed to answer about the future of the United Kingdom

He certainly sounded decisive and statesmanlike. Standing outside Downing Street David Cameron declared that the Scottish referendum result had “kept our country of four nations together” and it was time for the United Kingdom now to “move forward”.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas