Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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A supporter of same-sex marriage waves a rainbow flag outside the Houses of Parliament

General Election 2015: Lib Dems pledge global same-sex marriage rights

"We must extend the freedom of LGBT citizens, both here and abroad"

Sports days ‘rebranded’ so Whitehall staff can get day off

Officials had been entitled to an extra day off a year

Corn grows in a rooftop greenhouse at Monsanto’s US research centre

The future of GM: The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet

In the second in our series on genetically modified crops, Oliver Wright reports from St Louis – where science meets nature in the cause of feeding tomorrow's world 

Hugh Grant, CEO of Monsanto, is optimistic GM will be seen as the way to feed the world

Monsanto chief admits ‘hubris’ is to blame for public fears over GM

Monsanto CEO : ‘We never thought about our place in the food chain’

Frances Crook of the Howard League

Government bans company from allowing charity to visit private prisons

The MOJ told G4S to retract an invitation issued to the Howard League to visit prisons run by the firm at Birmingham and Oakwood in Staffordshire

Martin Taylor has given Labour nearly £600,000 since 2012

Ed Miliband donor’s firm makes cash from NHS

The revelations sparked allegations of hypocrisy from the Tories but Labour said the party would owe nothing to donors if it forms a government

Debate still rages over genetically modified food after nearly 20 years

GM crops: Vital for food security? Or overestimated potential?

We need to have a more nuanced debate about GM – rather than a simple good versus bad argument that we’ve had for the past 20 years

Leena Tripathi, one of the scientists involved in the project, by the Ugandan GM Banana Plantation

The GM crops debate moves to Africa – and it’s just as noisy

Oliver Wright reports from Uganda on a project involving a staple food crop – the matooke – which has sparked frantic political lobbying

The Ugandan GM Banana Plantation

ActionAid: The charity spreading 'groundless' fears over GM

Exclusive: Independent investigation reveals how African farmers are warned of cancer threat that ‘doesn’t exist’

Former First Minister Alex Salmond on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’

Election 2015: SNP will 'hold the balance, so have the power' says Alex Salmond

Mr Salmond suggested today that the SNP would extract a high price if Ed Miliband could only enter Downing Street with SNP support

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence