Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Lucy Powell, left and Ed Millband. Only 34 per cent of Labour voters think Ed Miliband is up to the job of Prime Minister

Ed Miliband ally Lucy Powell tells unnamed Labour critics to put up or shut up

But fellow Shadow Cabinet minister Caroline Flint admitted some Labour MPs were 'having jitters'

Richard Monkhouse, chairman of the Magistrates’ Association, challenged ministers to 'come and sit in a court – not for five minutes but for a week' to see first-hand the cases that they had to deal with

Magistrates’ leader hits back at ‘blue rinse’ stereotype

The justice minister had claimed giving magistrates more powers would lead to an increase in the prison population

Theresa May: Angling to minimise a Tory rebellion

Labour threatens to embarrass PM with vote on European arrest warrant

Opposition will trigger debate the day before Rochester by-election unless Government backs down
The reform could see fire services set up as social enterprise companies

Fire brigades could be run like John Lewis if Tories win next election

The Government believes that mutualisation is the way forward, but unions say the effect would be privatisation by the back door
The party’s fundraising is in disarray, warns a former cabinet minister

Labour funding crisis: Jewish donors drop 'toxic' Ed Miliband

The leader's 'principled' stance on Palestine deters backers, forcing party 'to go to unions with begging bowl'
The front entrance of The Home Office in Marsham Street, London
Eric Pickles sent in a team to monitor the authority and its mayor

Eric Pickles sends hit squad to tackle the ‘rotten borough’ of Tower Hamlets

Mayor Lutfur Rahman has been accused of overseeing a culture of cronyism

Home Secretary Theresa May makes a statement on the inquiry into historical child sexual abuse in the House of Commons

Theresa May ‘sorry’ for failings over child abuse inquiry

“I want to tell survivors that I am sorry,” she told MPs

Goerge Osborne insisted that Berlin understood the 'disquiet' in the UK about the issue of migrants coming from within the EU

UK will tackle European migrants' benefits despite Merkel warning over Britain leaving EU, says George Osborne

German Chancellor was reported to have said David Cameronw as reaching 'point of no return' in his demands to change rules on freedom of movement

Angela Merkel has discussed the issues with David Cameron but is said to be unwilling to bend on certain basic EU principles

Auf wiedersehen, Britain: 'Merkel ready to cast UK adrift' over quotas on migrant workers

Auf wiedersehen, Britain: 'Merkel ready to cast UK adrift'

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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