Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, Chancellor George Osborne and Andrew Marr appearing on BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show

Autumn Statement: George Osborne accused of ‘fiddling the figures’ over extra cash for NHS

Third of Government’s additional £2bn investment ‘already allocated’ to health service

Andrew Mitchell and his wife, Dr Sharon Bennett, followed by David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, arrive at the High Court in London yesterday

Plebgate politician Andrew Mitchell – privileged upbringing and temper tantrums were his undoing

The single word that ended Mr Mitchell's career was one only a man of his background would use

The Big Society Network was given at least £2.5m of National Lottery funding

PM’s office ignored official advice to stop funding failing Big Society charity

David Cameron’s office ignored official advice and ordered a government department to carry on funding a failing and debt-ridden charity closely linked to his flagship Big Society project.

John Vine claims that the Home Secretary is currently sitting on five reports believed to be critical of the Government

Theresa May 'buried' bad news immigration report, watchdog warns

EXCLUSIVE: Claim follows backlash against ‘PR-driven’ counterterrorism campaign

You wouldn't give your child untested medicine, so why would you give them an untested education?

With the emergence of a new education organisation, it looks like we're finally starting to be grown up about how we teach our children

We don't give people drugs without evidence they work. The same principle should apply in education

Streaming classes, for example, actually sets back young people

Mark Reckless, a Tory MP, has announced he is defecting to Ukip

Rochester by-election: Six things we learnt about Ukip, Labour and the Greens

Did you know what Emily Thornberry did?

Rochester by-election: Tories break their silence over 'backstabbing' Ukip MP Mark Reckless

Conservatives claim Reckless and Duncan Carswell will not retain their seats at the general election

Ukip leader Nigel Farage arrives at the Rochester by-election count

Rochester by-election analysis: David Cameron acted in haste – and is now repenting at leisure

Tory strategists let it be known that Rochester and Strood was a seat the party could win

Ukip leader Nigel Farage campaigns in Rochester on the day of the by-election

Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat

Turnout of 50 per cent returns Reckless - but this time for Farage's party

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

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

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
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

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

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
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

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