Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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David Cameron's Big Society Network is being investigated by the Charity Commission

Exclusive: David Cameron’s Big Society in tatters as charity watchdog launches investigation into claims of Government funding misuse

The organisation was given at least £2.5 million of National Lottery funding and public-sector grants despite having no record of charitable activity

Over two million of the poorest people in England are facing rising council tax demands this year

Exclusive: Council tax rises hit Britain’s poor hardest

Cuts to the benefit system have seen nearly 16,000 people in London alone referred to bailiffs for non-payment

Vitol’s Ian Taylor has close links to David Cameron

Major Tory donor’s company in talks to finance sanctioned Russian oil giant

The chief executive of Vitol, which avoided huge sums in UK tax, has handed £1m to the Conservative Party

Lubov Chernukhin, a banker and the wife of a former finance minister in Putin’s Russia paid £160,000 for a tennis match with Boris Johnson and David Cameron

I won't play tennis match if 'geezer' is Putin ally, says Boris Johnson – but Cameron insists auctioned game will go ahead

Boris Johnson and David Cameron last night insisted they would go ahead with a £160,000 Tory fundraising tennis match – even though the husband of the auction winner had close links to the Kremlin.

Nicole Sinclaire: 'I am certain I shall be found innocent of these ludicrous and unfounded accusations'

Former Ukip MEP Nicole Sinclaire faces charges of misconduct and money laundering

A former Ukip MEP has been charged with money-laundering and misconduct in public office after an inquiry into her expenses claims.

Baroness Ashton said the EU was ‘determined’ to try to improve the situation in Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: EU’s new sanctions on Russia fall short of UK demands

US calls the Brussels agreement, which does not target energy sector, ‘feeble’

The Big Society Network was assessed as

What became of Cameron's Big Society Network?

Despite being deemed “high risk”, the Big Lottery Fund awarded it £830,000

Pension reforms: Treasury to announce further changes

People will be allowed to take lump sums out of their pension pots throughout retirement under a further liberalisation of the industry to be announced on Monday.

Ed Miliband is expected to meet Barack Obama in Washington as the Labour leader tries to burnish his foreign policy credentials in the run-up to the election

Ed Miliband hoping for Obama meeting

Labour leader tries to burnish foreign policy credentials in election run-up

Environmental groups have launched a ferocious attack on the Tory former minister Owen Paterson after he used his new freedom from office to label them a 'green blob' of 'unelected busybodies' who were damaging Britain

‘Green blob’: Eco groups attack former minister Owen Paterson over insult

Former minister called them 'unelected busybodies' who were damaging Britain

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album