Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and David Cameron appeal to the audience during the Question Time special

Question Time election debate: How the party leaders fared in the spotlight

Who made the best impression out of Cameron, Miliband and Clegg?

Letter from the Whitehall Editor: Miliband meets Brand – just why did he do it?

Oh to have been a fly on the wall of the Labour strategy meeting that discussed whether Ed Miliband should agree to an interview with Russell Brand. “But just think of the reach it will give us,” you can hear the proponents arguing.  “Yes – but it’s Russell Brand,” you can hear the opponents replying. “He’ll make Ed look like a twit.”

David Dimbleby will moderate proceedings

General Election 2015: Labour accuse BBC of stacking pro-Coalition audience for final debate

The BBC is to screen three back-to-back Question Time-style interviews with Clegg, Cameron and Miliband

Russell Brand interviews Labour leader Ed Miliband for his internet programme ‘The Trews’

General Election 2015: Miliband's interview with Russell Brand may not win him votes

While Miliband deserves credit for taking the risk it is hard to see it having any great impact on the comedian’s army of devotees

Henry Smith (right) with David Cameron in Crawley in January

General Election 2015: Ukip support begins to wane in Crawley

People are less certain to vote Ukip than they once were, and the issue of Scotland has also come to the fore

Letter from the Whitehall Editor: The spurious Tory endorsement that misfired

In the spin doctors’ lexicon they are known as “third-party endorsements”. The idea is that if you want to sell a policy the best way to do it is to get businessmen/charities/the great and good to back your point of view “independently”.

Martin O’Malley was the inspiration for ‘The Wire’s Tommy Carcetti

Martin O'Malley: Ex-Baltimore mayor who inspired The Wire's Tommy Carcetti set to run against Clinton for Democratic nomination

Mr O'Malley’s trademark has been a data-based approach to just about everything that Government does, starting with Baltimore’s crime epidemic

Whitehall's secrets to be revealed as ministers ordered to produce diaries to the public

Exclusive: A court has condemned the 'secretive' culture of government

Grant Shapps has denied any involvement with the Contribsx account

Grant Shapps Wikipedia claims: The strange case of Contribsx, the Tory chair's biggest fan

Shapps unequivocally denies the 'smear' – so who was altering the pages?

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez takes part in a healthy-eating class in Glasgow in 2013

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez: Lawyer, wife of Nick Clegg and a secret food blogger

Durantez said that Clegg's lawyers 'would freak out' at the learning of the cooking website she has been running with her children for the last three years

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Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific