Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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The rise is set to take the overall increase in fares to around 24.7 per cent since 2010

Misery for commuters as rail fares will rise by 5%

Rail fares in Britain will rise by as much as five per cent next year – or even higher on some routes, the Government will formally announce today.

A few hospitals are still denying their problems and proving resistant to efforts to help them improve

Warning for hospitals on NHS sick list as chief inspector says struggling facilities are ‘in denial’ over poor care

Exclusive: Some failing NHS Trusts won’t admit to problems, says chief inspector

Professor Sir Mike Richards says hospitals that work tend to have managers who are ‘well aligned’ with clinical staff

Chief Inspector of Hospitals: ‘People might believe in the NHS. But it doesn’t mean it’s perfect’

Professor Sir Mike Richards says there is a blindness among supporters of the NHS to its failings

David Cameron has said the Islamic State poses a threat to Britain's safety

Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran

PM calls on Tehran to engage with the international community to beat extremists

Cameron believes parents and children are too often overlooked and sometimes left worse off by government reforms, according to a recent speech

All government policies must pass ‘family test’ before becoming law

Now departments must ask whether proposed reforms or changes to the law support family life

Bercow hopes Mills will help modernise how the House of Commons is run

Email savages John Bercow’s candidate for Clerk of Commons

Speaker has decided to push for the appointment of Australian to become most powerful unelected official

After his holiday in Portugal, David Cameron’s summer has been dominated by controversy

Summertime blues: Tories bemoan holiday season from hell

The actions of Baroness Warsi, Boris Johnson and Mark Simmonds didn’t help, but as the economic revival fails to move the polls, the natives are getting restless over a lack of direction from the centre

Ukip topped the poll in this year's European elections

Nigel Farage: Ukip leader confirms he'll contest Thanet South seat for general election

Party members will have to approve Farage, but it's unlikely he will not be selected

David Cameron examines a water purifier

Iraq crisis: PM calls off aid air drops as ‘desperate’ situation is made safe

Britain has suspended humanitarian aid air drops to refugees trapped on a mountainside in Northern Iraq after concluding that the situation was now “better than we had feared”.

Tornado fighters at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, yesterday ahead of providing support for aid drops in Iraq

Iraq crisis: British forces on their way 'to play role' – but officials rule out military action

Troops could re-enter the country ‘within days’ in mercy mission to protect refugees

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam