Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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It is unacceptable that in the 21st century hospitals operate on a skeleton staff at weekends, the Health Secretary will say

New doctors will be forced to work weekends in 'seven-day NHS' plan

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to warn that unless doctors are prepared to negotiate the terms of a new contract, the Government will impose the changes unilaterally upon them

David Cameron tells Civil Service to use simple language when communicating with ministers

Exclusive: Prime Minister says in a Whitehall letter that he wants briefings to be 'jargon-free'

Protesters from the ASLEF and RMT unions stand at the locked gates of Brixton underground station during last Thursday's tube strike

Trade Union Bill: Key public sector workers face ban on striking even when a majority votes to take action

The proposed legislation forms part of a wider crackdown on union power

An anti-foxhunting protester lets off a flare outside the Houses of Parliament

Fox hunting Q&A: Why has the vote been scrapped and what is behind the SNP's stance?

Nicola Sturgeon previously said the SNP wouldn't vote on English laws

Brian May joins SNP MP Angus Robertson and anti-foxhunting protesters outside the Houses of Parliament

Fox hunting ban: SNP goes back on pledge not to vote on matters that 'purely affect' England

Tory sources claim the SNP is trying to create a pretext for a second referendum

Harriet Harman warned Labour that voting against welfare reform would be used against it

Labour MPs set to defy Harriet Harman by voting against Tory welfare reforms

Only one of four leadership candidates agrees with Harman on child tax plans

A fountain on the campus at Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire

Build on the green belt to solve the housing crisis, say developers

Experts increasingly believe that the green belt should be reassessed sustainably to address the country’s growing housing needs

The UK currently has a minimum wage of £6.50 per hour but from April 2016 it will rise to £7.20 and then go up steadily to £9.00 an hour by 2020

Budget 2015: Five unintended consequences of the new living wage

The announcement of a new 'living wage' was encouraging news for millions of low paid Britons - but read on before you pop open the champagne

Budget 2015: Five things you need to know about the 'living' wage

The living wage plans are hugely significant for low paid workers across the country - Oliver Wright explains how it will work

The famous Albert Docks in Liverpool

Budget 2015: New devolution deals for English cities to be announced within months

The move signals plans to shift power and money away from Whitehall

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen