Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Ed Miliband posed with a promotional issue of ‘The Sun’, which was delivered to every postal address in the country

Senior Labour party figures hit out at Ed Miliband’s ‘Sun’ stunt

Ed Miliband posed for a promotional photograph with a copy of The Sun just a week before he is due to meet Rupert Murdoch’s most-senior executive in the UK for dinner, The Independent has learnt.

David Cameron has been attempting to gain Angela Merkel’s tacit acceptance that a new candidate should to be found for the job

Tory MEPs add to Cameron’s row with Merkel

David Cameron today suffered a blow in his attempt to block Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next EU Commission President after his European allies announced a tie-up with a German rival to Angela Merkel.

The data shows that the number of “unlawfully” large infant classes has doubled in the last 12 months alone

Nearly 100,000 children being taught in classes of over 30

The number of primary school children being taught in oversized classes of more than 30 pupils has dramatically increased in the last year, new figures reveal.

England's Steven Gerrard sees his penalty saved during a yet another heartbreaking shootout defeat at the hands of Portugal in the 2006 World Cup

Government Nudge Unit's penalty shoot-out solution: Kick it down the middle

They have advised Government on everything from the best way to get people to pay their tax on time, to increasing organ donation or reducing energy consumption.

Government's universal credit boss has been working part-time since falling ill last year

The Government’s troubled universal credit programme has not had a full-time boss since Christmas, it has emerged, due to the long term illness of the man brought in to save the scheme.

A 5p charge will be introduced in England from October 2015 to help reduce the number of plastic bags handed out by retailers

Queen's Speech: ‘Food poisoning threat’ from the 5p plastic bag charge

Studies have shown an increase in the use of 'bags for life' can lead to a spike in illness rates as shoppers place items in bags already used to store fresh meat and raw vegetables

Inside Whitehall: The problem with hospitals

If a few hospitals are in trouble financially, it’s their problem. But if lots of hospitals are...

There is concern that many trusts are overestimating the extent of the savings they will make through efficiency gains

Hospitals’ financial forecasts ‘are too optimistic’

Hospitals across the country have been advised to go back to the drawing board and reassess their financial plans for next year amid fears that their current forecasts are unrealistically rosy.

i Whitehall Editor's Letter: What's good for our health will be bad for our wallet

Conventional wisdom has it that political parties win power by promising to cut and not raise our taxes.

Fears about immigration are ‘racist’, says Conservative minister Anna Soubry

Some people who raise concerns about immigration are “frankly racist”, a Conservative minister said yesterday.

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Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little