Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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David Cameron has warned President Obama that he can no longer promise the Government will keep its commitment to maintain Britain's defence budget in the face of further austerity

David Cameron warns President Obama he cannot promise to maintain defence spending

Cameron told Mr Obama he cannot not give guarantees that defence spending will not fall following the autumn spending review

From left to right, British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, French President Francois Hollande on their way to their first working session at the Elmau Castle near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany

Britain to send an extra 125 troops to Iraq to help fight Isis

The extra troops, who will be based in several locations, take to just under 1,000 the number of British forces involved in the Iraqi mission

Scientists have warned that future epidemics are inevitable, as new viruses jump from animals to humans or mutate in ways that can make them a pandemic threat

Britain throws weight behind plans for flying-doctor unit to tackle world diseases

The move reflects growing concern among governments in the West that the world is unprepared to deal with outbreaks of contagious diseases

David Cameron has been accused of attempting to “load” the European Union referendum debate

EU referendum: David Cameron accused of 'loading debate' to encourage UK to stay in union

Senior Tories have criticised plans that would allow ministers to use the weight of Government to support the campaign for a Yes vote right up to polling day

An agreement has been reached for the first ever cross-Whitehall contract to monitor what people Tweet, post and blog about the

Government awards contracts to monitor social media and give Whitehall 'real-time' updates on public opinion

Exclusive: They will monitor what people tweet, post and blog about the Government

Oliver Letwin’s job is to combat the alleged ‘Whitehall drift’ of the last Government

Oliver Letwin tasked with being David Cameron's eyes and ears in Whitehall

Mr Letwin led policy negotiations with the Lib Dems in the last Parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande, left, and Mr Juncker met in Berlin

EU referendum: David Cameron will use vote to 'dock' Britain to Europe, says EC president

Jean-Claude Juncker said he did not believe British voters want to leave EU

Andy Burnham will pivot his campaign for the Labour leadership towards the right, admitting that the party got it 'wrong on business' under Ed Miliband

Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham says the party got it 'wrong on business' under Ed Miliband

Mr Burnham will use a speech to business leaders to say Labour should 'value the entrepreneur as much as the nurse'

Government sources said that it became very quickly apparent when Michael Gove arrived in the Department of Justice that there was no hope of presenting a fully formed Bill of Rights in time to be debated in this first session of Parliament

Queen's Speech 2015: Plan for British Bill of Rights put on the back burner

The legislation for a new Bill of Rights will not be tabled before midway through next year at the earliest

The Queen has spent about 10 hours reading 61 speeches at the state opening of Parliament through the years

Queen's Speech 2015: Radical agenda to reform taxation, welfare, human rights and Britain's relationship with Europe to be unveiled

Plan to ditch Human Rights Act and revive snooper’s charter will be contentious

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Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most